Friday, June 22, 2012

Cake Pop Try #2

A few months ago I tried - and failed - at making cake balls. I blogged about what went wrong and realized I needed to learn a bit more about these things before trying again. And so, I present Try #2 which was slightly more successful.

There were two major differences this time:
  1. I used candy sticks to make Cake Pops instead of the balls that I thought would be simpler. I bought a long size which turned out to be too big, so I cut each one in half. This allowed me to "dip" the cake pop and get a full coating more effectively.
  2. I bought candy melts which are specifically designed to melt and re-harden. Most of my problem the first time came from using regular chocolate, which was difficult to work with.
As you can see, it worked a little better. I used less icing in the cake balls, just enough so it would stick together. The dipping took some practice to get an even coating, but by the end they were looking really good. 

The white cake pops are boring so I added some sprinkles that I had laying around but I still don't love how they turned out. Now that I'm better at the technique, I'm going to focus on better design and colouring.

The good news is they were absolutely delicious. The candy melts keep the moisture in and the cake pops fresh for days.

Watch for Try #3 sometime this summer!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Blueberry Oat Squares - Starbucks Style

If you haven't tried the blueberry squares at Starbucks yet, you should. They're delicious. As with most things at Starbucks, they're also relatively expensive. So I was thrilled to find this easy recipe to make my own at home!

Super easy, it's only 4 simple steps. Here is a photo tutorial to show you just how easy it is.

Step 1: The filling.
Boil and simmer some blueberries, sugar and orange juice. Whisk in cornstarch. Refrigerate.

Step 2: The crumble.
Stir oats, flour, brown sugar, salt and baking soda. Cut in butter.

Step 3: The assembly.
Pat 1/2 the crumble mixture in the bottom of a greased pan. Spread blueberry mixture and add the rest of the crumble on top.

Step 4: The bake.
Bake at 350 degrees until lightly golden, about 45 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting.

Voila. Deliciousness. Just as good as Starbucks. :)