Foodie Alert: Polka Dot Cake

HOW TO MAKE A POLKA DOT CAKE TODAY

Experimenting in the kitchen is a lot of fun.  Some times things go horribly wrong, complete disasters, while other things turn out better than expected.  This is one of those times where everything turned out delicious!

I have been making cake pops awhile now, ever since my Sweetie got me a cake pop maker.  Never in a blue moon would I have ever thought of placing cake pops inside a “cake”… until I did it this weekend.

So here’s the scoop on what I did to make the coolest looking cake in the world!  (well, maybe not the entire world, but in this household it got rave reviews!)

To make this cake, I bought two different boxes of cake mixes, one white and one chocolate (Devil’s Food Cake, to be exact).  I mixed the white cake up first exactly as the box directed me to, then I divided out three portions of this cake batter into three bowls, and added a few drops of food coloring to each.  This is what the cake pops are going to be from.

PINK

BLUE

YELLOW

After I got the perfect color mixed, I poured the batter into my Cake Pop Maker and cooked them for about 5 minutes.  I went through all three bowls of colored cake batter and made as many cake pops as I could.  Once all of this batter was gone, and the cake pops were cooling, I started to mix up my second cake batter.  I used a chocolate Devil’s Food cake mix for my cake.

Next, I poured a thin layer of the chocolate cake batter on the bottom of two 9″ round cake pans and spread it around evenly, then I placed the colored cake pops on top of the batter, and evenly distributed the colors throughout the entire pan.  Then, I added the remaining chocolate cake batter on top of the cake pops to complete the cake and covered them up.

COVER CAKE BALLS WITH CAKE BATTER

Side note:  I had a small portion of my white cake mix batter left from making the cake pops, so I decided to pour the white cake mix on top of the chocolate batter and swirled it around a bit.  I kinda liked the look of it as now it looks marbled.  (did not want to waste any cake batter ya know)

I baked the cake according to the directions on the box, and tested the cake by poking it a few times with a toothpick.  (ya know that ole toothpick tester method that we all love)  Once done, of course the cake had to cool before being frosted.  Now, this is where I am on pins and needles as I am dying to know “what” happened to the cake pops inside the cake!  Time passed slowly at this point… must know, must know, must know what happened!

COOL CAKE ON WIRE RACK

To make a long story short, the cake cooled, it was frosted, and the cake knife found its way inside that delicious cake awaiting to be eaten.  Results:  AMAZING!  What I found inside the first piece, was colored circles floating all around chocolate goodness!  This will definitely be something that I will make again now that I know this process works!

POLKA DOT CAKE READY TO EAT

Can you just imagine making a cake for Christmas like this?  Ooooh, a white cake with red and green cake pops floating inside each slice!  Now that is what I call ingenious!

What have you created in your kitchen lately?

 

Dogs Love To Cook Too!

COOKIES FOR DADDY

It’s kind of a dreary day here, not much going on, so I decided to make a surprise for “Daddy” (what the dogs call him) and “My Sweets” (is what I call him), so we decided to whip up a batch of heart shaped Spritz Cookies.   We know that he loves these so we’ll make sure that he has a supply of them to take with him to work to snack on during the day!

DADDYS SNACK

That’s what we do, we make Daddy happy.  We leave him notes in his lunch every day to make him smile and make him delicious meals so he’ll have a wonderful lunch!  Gosh, that Daddy is so special to us, but he also knows that we are special to him too because he is thankful that I know how to cook, and he gets the best welcome home every night from both Nikita and Bella.  (You should see how the dogs jump over each other to see who can get to him first when he enters the door – it’s a sight is what it is)

BELLAS NOSE KNOWS GOODIES

Anyhow, back to the goodies… I started mixing up the ingredients for the cookies and Bella was curious as to what that sound was coming from my hand mixer.  She jumped up on the edge of the kitchen sink to take a peek and I thought it was so funny that I had to grab my camera to get a picture.   Her tongue kept coming out as if she had a shot of even getting close to the cookie batter, but she tried nonetheless.  She did not succeed in a taste test.  Nikita napped on the floor of the kitchen and did not try to see what was going on, as she is well aware of what the hand mixer sounds like, but she stayed close by just in case I dropped something and always kept one eye open.

BELLA WANTED TO HELP

We’ve got another night of American Idol tonight, audition #3 in Charlotte, so we will have something to snack on after dinner.  As always, the Idol season this year has been filled with more fights between Mariah and Nicki, and poor Keith will be their scratching post.  Man, quit the fighting already and grow up and find someone worth sending through to Hollywood and getting their dream fulfilled.  It is, by the way, a “singing” competition!

NIKITA SWIRL

 

Home Made Is Better

Store bought goodies are ok, but when you can make homemade cookies that look this good, the choice is easy!  Daddy bought Mommy a really neat “homemade cookie stamp” on eBay awhile ago and she loves it, but Daddy is the one who benefits the most because he gets to eat all of the cookies! 

Anyhow, when Mommy first got her cookie stamp, she was dying to make cookies right away, but did not have all the ingredients she needed, but she did have a bag of store bought sugar cookie mix in the pantry, so off she went on her first attempt at stamping cookie dough.  So many things went wrong this first time around… the sugar cookie dough was ok, but she did not know that the dough should have been put in the fridge for a few hours first, and she did not read the instructions on the cookie stamp that you should shake a little flour on it so it does not stick to the dough (she learned this the hard way), and she balled up a little of the dough, placed it on the cookie sheet, and stamped each ball of dough.  Well, they looked correct, each cookie ball of dough was now stamped with “Home Made” on them – then it came time to bake them.  She watched though the oven door at her first batch, and they looked fine, until a few minutes into baking……then, the stamp mark disappeared and flattened out.  She was so disappointed.  Now what? 

Well, Mommy contacted the world known lady called Bakerella via email and she responded back that using a store bought mix would not work well, and that the dough definitely needs to be placed in the fridge for a few hours for the stamp to work properly.  She also mentioned that instead of sprinkling flour on the cookie stamp every time, to try using a little cooking spray ever so often and that will work out the best.  (Thanks Bakerella!)

Since Mommy corrected all of these boo-boo’s in the art of cookie stamping, she is on her way to making some incredible looking, not to mention tasty cookies.  She mixed up a batch of Spritz Cookies (aka: Party Press Cookies – the dough you use from your cookie gun) and made some “Home Made” cookies for Daddy.  She added a few drops of blue food coloring to the dough and only slightly mixed it in so she could get a marble effect in the finished cookies. 

Kiss those store bought cookies goodbye when you can make homemade cookies that look this good, not to mention very tasty too!

Amazing Cake Pops – Make Tasty Treats for Any Party

OH MY…. If you have an addiction for treats, this book is for you!  Daddy purchased this book for Mommy (Thanks Daddy so much) because Mommy loves baking & Daddy loves goodies, so with that winning love connection….Mommy wanted to share with you how awesome this book is & why you should get one for yourself.  Mommy could not put this book down when she got it and it got her imagination flowing with new ideas that she can make with the step-by-step instructions from the book.   But, the most amazing part of the book is that all the treats in the book are made from “Cake”!  Yep, cake!  You simply just use a box cake, bake it normally, cool it, then crumble it up into small pieces and mix with store bought frosting, then you mold them into what you see in the photos or use the cookie cutters you have at home!  Amazing, eh?

First of all, we have a few of these on hand and if you want one for yourself to start making these amazing treats, here is the link to get them:  CAKE POPS COOKBOOK

CAKE POP COOKBOOK
Hardcover Book (9-7/8″ x 8-1/4″) 160 Pages

This Cake Pops Cookbook shows you how to make cute cakes on a stick that are the perfect alternative to cake at any party or get together.  Start simple with decorated round balls then try your hand at more shapes such as baby chicks, ice cream cones and bags of popcorn! 

This book makes it easy and fun to recreate these tasty treats with clear step-by-step instructions and photos of more than 40 featured projects, as well as clever tips for presentation, decorating, dipping, coloring, melting chocolate and much more.  These adorable and tasty creations will be a huge hit at your next party!

Pick one up for yourself or get one for a gift for the baker in your life!