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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month!  Remind someone you care about.  I had an itch to bake but not a lot of time, so I made pink cake balls and cake pops for the ladies at my work and reminded them to check their boobies.  

Bakerella has just released her new Cake Pops book and I watched her promotional video on how she makes her little darlings on sticks.  Mine definitely didn't look as good as hers.  

I've signed up for cake ball classes at the downtown Whole Foods given by Austin Cake Ball.  Hopefully I can learn to churn out some decent looking treats just in time for Christmas.

One cool thing that came out of this was my new pop board.  We've got a lot of scrap wood lying around in the garage and this one finally came in to use.  I drilled 3/4" deep holes 2" apart (you can see my pencil marks because I couldn't decide at first where to put them).  A lollipop stick can fit into each hole, allowing a cake pop to dry safely.

3/16" drill bit made the perfect size

I melted some white candy wafers and mixed it with red powder food coloring.  This wasn't the exact shade of pink that I wanted, but it'll have to do.

I didn't use my food processor to make cake crumbs, and I think that was a big mistake.  My balls came out lumpy!  Here they are, looking like unappetizing meatballs.

This my first attempt at making cake pops.  Unlike cake balls, I think pops need more binding and longer time in the freezer.  I had so many fall apart when dipped into the candy melts.  I tried using some melted Nutella as my binder, but I really should have just whipped up a batch of buttercream and used that. 

My hot mess.

Much prettier when dressed up.

Bakerella's trick of dipping the stick into the melted candy before inserting it into the ball was great.  Be warned!  These babies will fall of the stick while you eat them.  Perhaps my balls are too big :b  I've got a lot to learn and am excited about my upcoming class.

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