Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cake Pops

Thanks to Bakerella, I have a new obsession.

Have you heard of them? Apparently, this craze is sweeping the nation. I made cake balls last Christmas based on a recipe on People loved them. When I heard about the cake pops, where you take the already-delicious cake balls and put them on a lollipop stick, I was sold. Within a few weeks of making my first batch of actual cake pops, I started seeing cake pop ads everywhere. My whole office went from not having a clue what I volunteered to bring for the Thanksgiving luncheon to being inundated with ads for cake pop makers lol. The pops are soooo cute! How could anyone resist?

Lots of people stand their cake pops up in decorated styrofoam. In the past week, I've seen way overpriced custom built cake pop stands but just the other day A.C. Moore had a cardboard cake pop stand for around $5.99. You can also set them up on your grandma's finest serving platter or on a silver (colored) tray from the Dollar Store and they look just as classy ;-)

 Too pretty to eat? No such thing lol.

xoxo Von

Monday, December 12, 2011

Catching Up... Lemon Cake!

I'M BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I missed y'all! How was your Thanksgiving? We have so much catching up to do. Trust me, even though I wasn't blogging, I was baking. Let's start with my Lemon Whipped Cream Cake. The cake (originally dubbed 'Science Cake') was a request from my brother. He wanted a cake that combined lemon, whipped cream AND cream cheese. 

How could I combine freshly made whipped cream, cream cheese and real lemons? What would the flavor be like? Wouldn't the fresh lemon juice just obliterate all the hard work my hand mixer did to fluff up that heavy whipping cream? Science cake, indeed.

Also, I'll note that my brother couldn't care less about the decorative elements on this cake, be they excessive or none at all. Maybe I went for excessive lol.

The end result: a deliciously light, fluffy cake with subtle hints of lemon and cream cheese. The cream cheese helped stabilize the whipped cream and brought the flavors together.

Donald, cutting into the cake. Nonverbal for "you have taken enough pictures".

Sorry I couldn't get fancier shots of the sliced cake, but these pics are making me drool... the icing was light, tart, and surprisingly luscious.

Have you ever made a science cake?

xoxo Von