This afternoon I had several items listed on my to-do list. One of them was “bake cake” and another “frost cake”. We have a “February Birthday’s” gathering tomorrow to celebrate my Mom’s, brother’s and Dad’s birthday’s that were all in February. I said I would bring a cake to go with a trifle that my sister-in-law was going to make. After much thought I decided to make a chocolate cake and pipe on some fun big roses with the leftover pink frosting from the Valentine’s party that was in the freezer. Seemed simple enough.
I made the cake.
I would have taken a picture of the entire cake but it sunk it the middle just like when I made Evelyn’s second birthday cake. It wasn’t too terrible and I figured it would be just fine when I flipped it.
Then I flipped it.
Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture. Let me try to describe it to you. Basically, the large round cake was now a small round cake with at least a third of the cake left in the silicone pan I used. Bummer right? Well it was ok because I was enjoying crumbling the cake left in the pan as I thought about what to do. After some more crumbling I remembered that there was a way to make “cake pops” with crumbled cake and frosting. Perfect.
I mixed some frosting and the cake.
It’s ok, you can say it. It wasn’t pretty.
Then I formed balls and stuck sticks in them.
Forming the balls was not easy, but I tried not to dwell on that fact since in the end I was going to have fun festive cake pops that I am sure all would think were so cool (cause they are) and fun (cause they are).
I even had a bag of red vanilla flavored “melts” to coat them. How much more perfect could it be right?
While the melts were melting and I was
cursing forming the cake into balls, Evelyn shared some with Mathias.
She is so nice that girl.
Well, nice unless you want a photo.
Anyway, back to these fantastic cake pops. I decided to put them in the freezer because I was having some issues with them being firm enough. I tried to coat one and well, there was a little bit more cursing.
Before I started the process to make them I did a tiny bit of research on-line. I knew the basics and just wanted to make sure that I had enough info to go with it. After I was having so much trouble with the forming of the balls I figured I needed to look them up again and see if anyone had some tips on the process. I didn’t recall anyone mentioning that whole “cursing” issue that I had however and wondered why that could be. I can’t be the only one that could get frustrated … I really didn’t curse, I
swear promise … but I was a little frustrated. So I did a little more looking.
Not too surprisingly, I failed to catch the whole “cool cake completely before adding the frosting” part. Seriously? No wonder it was so soupy. I have a terrible habit of just reading ingredients and assuming I am smart enough to figure it out.
So out went the “pops” and I down graded to just “cake balls”.
The coating of the too wet cake balls went about as well as anyone would suspect. In a word … terrible.
I remembered on one blog that I read they mentioned “don’t try to make them perfect because they aren’t supposed to be”.
At least I did one thing right.
The good thing though?