Artistic cake pops
Whenever I search for cake pops I am usually inundated with images of cute bees, popcorn bags, scary ghosts or shoal of lollipop up their bottoms versions of Finding Nemos (how uncomfortable – that’s got to be worse than a thong!). You name it you can cake pop art it if you are artistic enough. Cake pops are wonderful and they do make me smile as they are cute. Sadly my artistic talents are lacking and if I were to make a cake pop bunny in real life this would end up looking more like a deformed dog. This would cause me the most amazing amount of frustration in my unrealistic quest for treat size perfectionism and definite tendencies towards OCD. Those that can weave their candy cake pop magic are very talented individuals to be sure – I hold my glass up to them but I accept that I am not truly worthy! If you want candy magic then look no further than the Queen of Cake Pops aka Bakerella. I even noticed that on the Junior Bake Off 2011 when a contestants cake went horribly wrong she though to herself – sod it cake pop it; what a smart girl she thought on her feet there.
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Knowing my own artistic boundaries and my families and friends unadulterated interest and glutenous need for chocolate (so much I hide it in the cleaning cupboard - nobody looks in there). I decided to create cake pops with a grown up indulgent air. The challenge was to create the little treat that is just too damn good for little fingers to touch. As for ‘if you love them, give them your last one’ - I don’t think so buster. I want cake pops that makes the taster go ‘oooh’ and ‘aahhhh’ as their mouthes fill with salty anticipative water while their eyes scan which chunk of chocolate to crack seductively first. I want my cake pops to have the same effect as Herbal Essence shampoo leaving its taster shouting yes! yes! yes! without any hesitation who is watching. This idea appeals to me far more than ’ ooh doesn’t it look cute’ comment that I might get with a rather manky (well if it’s mine it would be) snowman during the melting process cake pop.
This is when I realise it’s not cake pops I am striving for its cake truffles. Yes, that’s sounds much more sophisticated and grown up. So what is a cake truffle? Well it’s a mash up between a tasty cake packed full of beautifully flavoured buttercream or cream cheese frosting. Then teh cake truffles are lovingly dipped in chocolate and decorated with more chocolate. So they are not just the rubbish bits you cut off a cake or a way to cover up your disaster in the kitchen (although you can do this and why not – waste not want not I always say) these cake truffles are little mini taste explosions. The best thing about them is that you can freeze them and they take 10 minutes to defrost quickly before friends come round. I have a freezer full of different flavours but nobody come round – hmmm I guess I will have to eat them then!
If the World ends tomorrow – why I would grab a Cake Truffle…
So if I have not convinced you yet to have a go at cake truffles then these are my parting words on the matter. If the world was about to end in true amarageddon fashion and you could grab one last thing from the fridge to eat before you go. Imagine you look inside the fridge and see it’s a toss-up between a swash buckling pirate cake pop and a double chocolate fudge cake truffle. I’d take the chocolate fudge truffle - hands down, no contest. In fact I’d go as far as to say it’s a real no brainer! I would rather my last mortal seconds end on Earth with sweet chocolate heaven exploding in my mouth and guilty smears across my face ready to meet my maker. Lets just hope my maker brings wet wipes…
Try a recipe for vanilla and fudge truffles dipped in white chocolate.