Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My Sister is Having a baby!

Everyone that's had siblings younger than us...or even significantly younger than us remember the fun of teaching that brother or sister little things or getting in trouble together (sorry Mom).  But even if there's not that much of an age difference you probably remember the fun of having someone that was younger than you to partner with.  Well my baby sister (only 14 months younger than I...I know, I know...I sounded like an "old wise one" in my intro...) is having a baby.  Her and her beaux have already picked out a name and she's asked me to make these pretty little bitties for her baby shower.
So since her shower is a purple and white girl-themed shower, I am doing white rattles baby rattles with purple ribbon and purple rattle pops with white ribbon...you get my point.  In addition to that, I've also decided to throw in a few surprise Bakerella-inspired cake pops.  If you didn't already know it, I am now fascinated with the 'new-to-me' Bakerella and her creations.  You'd think that I had been living in a cave to know that I have not heard of her until now...especially since I consider myself an aficionado in the baking world...Not.  Humbling myself is at hand.  I've got a lot to learn and a ways to go.  So here's my take on my sister Chenelle's purple and white baby rattle pops and coordinating cake pops.  Courtesy of me...Bakie@ BakieMeSweet.

Oh..wait a minute..I left out one really important thing.  If it wasn't for my friend Angie, I would never even know about Bakerella!  She is a party planning and crafting extradonaire...you can not touch this woman!  Okay, okay, I am going on a bit but in my eyes, and in the eyes of many others she is among the likes of your classic Amy Atlas, Hostess with the Mostess and more.

She is the one that had the Cake Pops cookbook by Bakerella that caught my eye and piqued my interest so...hats off to you Angie..and a big thank you  for your crafting and creative sweet styling influence and the inspiration that helped this blog come to into being!

Deep breath & exhale...

Okay, are you guys ready to get on and see what I did for my sister's baby shower?

Here goes:

I started out with a bag of lavendar/purplish wilton melts (not a very good picture..sorry.)
 And I had to get these little guys to make sure that I color inside the lines :-)
 Microwave a few melts (approx. 30-35 seconds)...
 Stir...
 Paint...
 Fill...
 Okay so I didn't stay totally within the lines...
 But I think that I did better with the white ribbons...

 Finished product! (Except I made about fifty of 'em).
And then I made her some cake pops to go with it.  I went with a french vanilla cake mix and rainbow chip frosting from Betty Crocker.  I thought that the rainbow chips would make it fun & whimsical.


One thing that I didn't know was that the top of my cake was going to brown.  So I wasn't that happy with that part of it because I wanted the center to just look like a white or yellow cake...but that's okay :-)

So I baked, scored (sliced) and crumbled my cake down in the food processor.  I saw that little trick here and thought that it worked well for me.  (*Another tip: I cut off and ate (lol) the hard edges off of my baked cake...what do you do with yours?)

This time around I only mixed half of my frosting with the cake...hence better cake pops :-)

Mixed...
Rolled...
Wrapped....

And double-wrapped...


Then freezed (for about 2-3 hours...I don't know if that's the best route, really.  I have heard of people like my friend at Rhapsody making her cake balls up the day before prior to making pops out of them and dipping them).

And now it's time to dip and cover with sprinkles :-)
First the unveiling...voila! (haha)
I've got my purple melts and white sprinkles ready (which you can barely see the sprinkles, but they are there in the small ramekin on the right).
And then I tried this trick which I saw on Bakerella's site (I think) and on Rhapsody.
And that is to dip the candy stick into the melts or the chocolate that you're using to form a sort of a "bond" between the stick and the cake part of the cake pop.

And then we dipped, dipped and dipped some more until we finally got these little pretties!






These certainly aren't the best cake pops I've ever seen...
but they'll do :-0


Happy Baking!  xoxo Bakie


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