Category Archives: Cake Balls

Brownie Pops

I’ve been doing so many recipes from that Golden Book of Chocolate recently I almost feel like I’m doing a challenge wherein I’m trying to do all of the recipes in there, a la Julie & Julia. But I was flipping through its pages, and came across these absolutely delicious-looking brownies, and knew I had to try them.

Everything was going pretty well, at first. I chopped up the chocolate, melted it with the butter, mixed all of the ingredients together… eagerly looking forward to having what the book termed “Rich Chocolate Brownies”.

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I poured the finished mixture in the pan, popped it in the oven, and then remembered, half-way through baking, that I had forgotten to spray the pan. AGAIN.

This exact same thing had happened a few months ago when I was making brownies from a mix for my mom, and instead of learning from my mistakes I promptly made the exact same mistake again.

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AAARGH.

I was really, really pissed off. All of that work, and for fucking nothing. Just a crumbly, albeit tasty, mess. I couldn’t bring this to work. I couldn’t give anyone this garbage. Who would eat it? No one. Why can’t I ever make anything that looks pretty? Why does everything I bake have to look like it was slapped together by a drooling two-year-old? I should just give up.

But my usual defeatist attitude wasn’t going to win that day. I tried to think of something I could make with scraps of brownies.

And then I thought of cake pops.

I’ve had a bad relationship with cake balls and pops in the past. Mine just… never come out looking good. The last time I attempted cake pops was Halloween a year ago, when the melted orange candy kept burning and the cake balls kept falling off the sticks and it was all just so annoying and frustrating that I vowed to never make the goddamn things ever again.

What else to do with the brownie scraps, though? I bought some chocolate frosting, mushed it all together, and threw it in the fridge, where it sat for several days because work and Skyrim have eaten up a lot of my time recently. But I finally got around to melting some chocolate, rolling the brownies into balls, poking a stick in them, dipping them, rolling them in festive sprinkles, aaaaand —

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Wow! Not too bad! They don’t look super amazing and pretty, but they don’t look like a falling-apart mess, either. Maybe I can do this cake pop stuff after all. Probably not like Bakerella does, but still, it’s nice to know I can do the basics if I stop whining. And also if I refrigerate everything for ages. That’s probably the trick.

People loved these when I brought them to work, including my boyfriend, who had three. I still have a lot of brownies left over so I will probably make more for everyone for the holidays (that is, if they haven’t gone bad by now). This wound up being more interesting than just plain old brownies, anyway, so I guess it’s good I forgot to spray the pan after all.

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Strawberry Cake Balls

Original post can be found here.

For my baking adventure this week, I decided to make Cake Balls, using the Bakerella recipe, only with strawberry cake and vanilla frosting instead of red velvet and cream cheese, because these are for my friend who was feeling down and her favorite color is pink.

Remind me next time not to bake things when my parents are in the house. They ask me a million questions about what I’m doing and get in my way and nvironvio3. They mean well, but it’s still irritating. I don’t like people watching me when I’m trying to do stuff; it stresses me out.

I spent pretty much all day Thursday making the cake from the mix, letting it sit out while me and my mom ran some errands, mixed in the vanilla frosting, froze it for several hours, then rolled it into these:

Then I had to freeze those for a few hours. Finally, I was able to melt the chocolate and get down to business. I knew from the beginning I was going to mess this part up because I am notoriously clumsy. I used a spoon like Bakerella suggested, even though I knew this was a bad idea and chocolate would drip everywhere, but I did it anyway because I don’t really have anything else to dip with. Luckily we have two freezers so I was able to do them all a few at a time, but by the end the five balls left were too soft and they kept breaking apart in the chocolate so I had to throw them all out. Sad.

And the mess I left was insane. It was like someone had eaten only chocolate for five weeks, then threw up into the sink. It looked like the chocolate river in Willy Wonka. Anyway, I left them in the fridge overnight and decorated them the following morning before meeting my friend. And of course my decorations looked like crap.

All in all, I’d have to say that making cake balls is a pain in the ass and not worth the effort. At least, for me and my bad hand-eye coordination, anyway.