Monday, August 29, 2011

Cake Pops

Did you know Sugar Mom Treats also makes Cake Pops? They are great for parties!

Pink Present Cake

This present cake is another cake I was requested to replicate for a christening.

A hunk, a hunk of burning love - An Elvis Cake

I was asked to reproduce an Elvis cake the client liked that included little records and a silhouette of Elvis. The cake is a marble cake with vanilla buttercream with fondant accents.

Hot Pink Zebra Cake

This cake was made for a 1st Birthday party. The client wanted pink on the top and bottom layers and zebra print in the middle. The cake is chocolate and vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream. The zebras were inspired by clip art and made of fondant.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Organizing Chaos - Part 6: Ice Pops/Hot Cocoa

It was so hot yesterday that I had to make hot cocoa. What?  Yes, I made some hot cocoa, froze it, and then had one for dessert. Actually, I ate 3 of them. It was like eating a fudgesicle with some important differences. This is what goes into a fudgesicle: Nonfat Milk, Sugar, Corn Syrup Solids, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali) (Adds a Trivial Amount of Fat), Modified Food Starch, Soy Protein Isolate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Mono and Diglycerides (Adds a Trivial Amount of Fat), Cellulose Gum, Guar Gum, Polysorbate 65 & Polysorbate 80, Carrageenan, Salt, Natural Flavor and Artificial Flavor.

This is what went into my yummy dessert:

Dark Chocolate Hot cocoa
2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
5 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Warm milk and cream in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add chocolate. Whisk until melted and combined. Add sugar, and whisk until dissolved. Continue to warm mixture until thick, about 5 minutes. Whisk in nutmeg.

Hot-Cocoa Ice Pops: Follow directions for hot cocoa. Let it cool slightly. Divide mixture evenly among ice-pop molds, seal with tops, insert sticks, and freeze until set, at least 6 hours. Remove from molds. Serve immediately. Ice pops can be frozen for up to 2 weeks.