Friday, December 31, 2010

Champagne Cake Pops

My first ever cake pops... what a way to end the year!

It was touch and go for a while,

But I ended up with about a dozen presentable pops.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

No-Bake Snowmen Sweets

We had our first real snow of the year, Sunday evening into Monday morning. We've had more snow from single storms before but this one still packed a punch. The wind was howling (and rattling the few storm windows we still have on the house) the entire night. Whenever I looked out the window the snow wasn't falling down it was going sideways.

We woke up to discover the wind still gusting and half a foot of powdery snow. Unfortunately, not the kind that's good for snowman building... so I decided to make some sugary snowman treats instead.

These are super easy since they require no baking, it's pretty much just decorating and assembly. Here's what you need:
  • Can of white Frosting.
  • Store bought doughnut holes in whatever flavor you like- I used chocolate.
  • Mint chocolate candy melts (regular milk or dark chocolate is fine too- but I thought the mint added a nice wintery touch)
  • Marshmallows
  • Orange gum drops
  • Large round chocolate sprinkles suitable for eyes
  • Coarse Sugar

Hats- Melt chocolate wafers in the microwave. For each hat brim, spoon chocolate onto wax paper in the shape of a circle that's slightly larger than a marshmallow. Once those are set up dip a marshmallow into the melted chocolate and place in the center of each brim.

Heads- Place almost all your frosting into a tall glass bowl or measuring cup. (Reserve about 4 tablespoons for assembly later) Heat for five seconds at a time until frosting is melted into a glaze (careful not to overheat, it only takes about 10 seconds) Dip the doughnut holes into the warm frosting and let the excess drip off back into the bowl. Place them onto a plate and let them start to set. When the frosting starts to cool warm it again in the microwave so you get a nice glaze on all your doughnuts.

Features- Cut gumdrops into little triangles and roll them between your fingers to make carrot shapes. Pressing into sugar for any area that's still sticky afterwards. Before the glaze on all your heads has totally set add eyes and carrot noses.

Assembly- Once hats and heads have set up, assemble by putting a little of your reserved frosting onto the hats and sticking them to the snowman heads.

I had originally intended these to be on lollipop sticks... but that had some issues with physics. The doughnut holes wouldn't hold up the hats and stay in place on the sticks. But I think they're cute as they are. And they still tasted good, sticks or no sticks. I also make a version using a frosting dipped marshmallow instead of the donut hole which stayed on the sticks just fine, so I guess that's an option too. The Mister was for anything that included a frosting dipped doughnut- so the originals got his vote!

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