Easter Excitement!

Helloo lovely people! It’s Spring time now and you know what that means? Easter! I love Easter. Everyone gets together to celebrate Jesus’s resurrection and there’s candy and egg hunts and decorating eggs and more candy! I’ve been trying to think of something to make for Easter. Something that I can give out to everyone and spread Easter cheer. I was thinking about cake pops but it seems like everyone is doing that. Then I thought, what if I made my own Easter candy? We have been making chocolate bars in culinary class recently so I’m gonna make my own and give them out for Easter. I’m ordering some egg, bunny, and chocolate bar shaped candy molds. It’s gonna be so much fun! I’m still working on the flavor ideas and stuff but I’m already excited. Ideas are welcomed! Watch out for Easter Excitement 2 where I’ll post pictures and tell you guys how the candies turned out!

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Cake Pop Probs…

Cake pops and I have a complicated love/hate relationship. I absolutely love the idea of cake pops and I love making cake pops. Whenever I have a lot of cake scraps, I make cake pops with them and everybody loves them! … Except for me.
You see, a few summers ago, my sister and I spent a lot of time making cakes and cake pops with my grandma. I had a lot of fun and those were some of my first great cakes that inspired me to start baking on my own. But I ate so many cake pops that summer and I got so sick of them that it still to this day makes me feel sick to eat them. I guess that could be a good thing though. Everyone else loves them so I can make however many I want and sell them but not be tempted to eat them! Brilliant!
Making cake pops is a great way to get rid of left over cake scraps and they make great party favors and valentines.

Petit Fours

Last weekend I made petit fours for the first time and they turned out pretty good. (I’ll post my recipe when it’s perfected) But I had a lot of cake scraps and glaze left over so I decided to make cake pops! They turned out splendidly but there were a few struggles along the way. Usually I use a dense cake for my cake pops because it stays together more easily with less frosting but the petit fours were really light and I was using the glaze to stick it together instead of icing. It was a bit harder and I was worried that it was going to taste a little grainy but I just went with it. They still weren’t holding up very well so I put them in the freezer for a bit before I dipped them in the chocolate… bad idea. You cant dip something freezing cold in melting chocolate that hardens when it gets cold. It hardens and gets all clumpy before you can pull it out! So I just waited a little while for them to warm up a little bit. All was good after that and I decorated them and wrapped them up and gave them to my family and friends and they all loved them!
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This time I used real chocolate for the designs but I’m gonna let you guys in on a little secret. I use the candy melts from Micheal’s to coat my cake pops… I know… All my instincts tell me “Just use real chocolateeee!!!” and I probably will start using real chocolate one day when I figure out a good way to color it but right now it’s just a lot easier to use the candy melts. That’s the way my grandma does it and that’s the way I’m gonna go it until further notice. Let me know if you guys have any tips! 🙂