Cake Pops – The Basics

March 16, 2012

Cake Pops!!

What are they, you ask? They are only the most delectable and cutest cake treats in bite-size form!! These adorable desserts are becoming the talk of the baking town but not all of us are sure of how to make them.  Have no fear, after you are done reading this, you too, can make creative and delicious cake pops!  I am going to give you the steps you need to make a basic cake pop.  Once you have the basics down, you can try many different shapes and designs and techniques.  Lets get started:

What you will need:

1 Box of Cake Mix (your choice)

1 Can of Frosting (your choice)

1lbs Wilton Candy Melts (any color/flavor you desire)

*I used two bags of Wilton Yellow Candy Melts for this demo*

Wax Paper

Cookie Sheet

1 Package of Lollipop Sticks

Decorations of your choice

Optional: (but helpful) Cookie scoop

Steps:

1. Bake cake according to directions in a 9×13″ baking pan.  After cooked, let cool completely.

2. Crumble cake (using your hands) into a large bowl.

3. Add a can of frosting to the crumbled mixture using the back of a large spoon to mix the icing into the cake mix. Add a few tablespoons at a time as to not over saturate the cake.  The consistency when the cake is ready should be similar to that of a ground beef mixture when making meatballs.

4. Once you are happy with the consistency, you can then use a spoon or a cookie scoop to measure out equal amounts of cake and roll using your hands, to make balls.

5. Place your rolled cake balls onto a wax covered cookie sheet and place in the fridge or a cool place for 10-15 minutes.

6. Once chilled, you can prepare your candy melts by microwaving in a microwave safe bowl. Make sure your bowl is not too deep as it will make it more difficult to keep your pops on their sticks.

7. Once your chocolate is melted, take your cake pops out of the fridge, and dip the end of each lollipop stick into the melted chocolate.  This will ensure the stick and cake ball stay together when rolling in the chocolate.

8. Once all your lollipop sticks have been put in all the cake pops, you must chill them for 5-10 more minutes. (Make sure to not let the cake pops get TOO cold. If they are too cold, they will crack the layer of chocolate once rolled.

9. After chilling for a few minutes, you may now dip your cake balls in your chocolate melts.  Use a spoon if you need to cover the top of the pop.  Once you have taken the pop out of the chocolate, tap the end of the lollipop stick gently to shake off any excess chocolate on the pop.

10.  If you prefer to have the cake pop fully round, you can insert the lollipop stick into a block of Styrofoam to hold it upright while it dries. For this demonstration, I have placed the cake pops directly upside down onto the wax paper.

11. Once your cake balls are all covered in chocolate, you can cool them for another 5-10 minutes.  Once they are cool, you are free to decorate them however you please! I choose to make little yellow baby chicks since Easter is on its way and so is SPRING!! I used the leftover melted chocolate to adhere the decorations to the pops.

For the cute baby chicks, I used Wilton’s Edible Candy Eyeballs for the eyes, mini gingerbread men sprinkles for the feet and 1/2 of a orange chocolate sunflower seed for the nose. The arms are made out of mini edible yellow chocolate sprinkles I had found in my pantry – but there are lots of different decorations you can use that look just as great.

I hope this helps many of you who have always wanted to make Cake Pops but didn’t know how. There are a few steps involved but the first bite makes every step worth it!!

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE

&

HAPPY CAKE-POPPING!!


Wellness Mats – The Best Anti-fatigue Mats around!

January 26, 2012

We have just received our Wellnessmats order in and we have a great selection!

These are absolutely the best anti-fatigue mat around.  They boast a 7 year warranty plus the following:

  • Unmatched comfort
  • Premium 3/4″ thick
  • Edges will never curl
  • No-trip 20° beveled edge
  • Anti-microbial (by design)
  • Puncture & heat resistant
  • Stain & dirt resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • Safe & non-toxic (PVC-Free)

They feel heavenly on your legs after a long day of standing around. We can all attest to their fabulous performance as we have one behind the counter at each store.

They are available in 5 colours: black, grey, burgundy, brown and tan.

They are available in 3 motifs: Bella (as pictured above), Trellis (below left) and in just solid (bottom centre).

In the store – we carry the 3’x2′ size, but they can be ordered in a variety of shapes and sizes.

The 3’x2′ are $140 and are available in-store.

The 6’x2′ are $280 (approximately – depending on US exchange rates) and can be special ordered in.

Wellnessmats have just launched a new innovative product – mat covers that come in a multitude of designs and colours that fit snuggly over your mats – so you can dress ’em up or dress ’em down – depending on the season.

For the first 6 customers – we will be giving away a new mat cover – a gift with purchase to try out!

If you’ve been thinking about getting a new mat and are ready to splurge out on the best one out there – this is the best time to do it! Cbreeze


Pig Tail Food Flipper

June 13, 2011

Pig Tail Food FlipperThis handy Pig Tail Food Flipper is going to be a must for all Father’s Day gifts this year!

It is the handy-est cooking tool you’ll ever own… as I have done for the last year since I picked one up at the Calgary Stampede and just LOVED it.

It is great for turning, flipping and carrying food easily in the kitchen or on the grill.  We love using ours and have found that it saves always getting out your tongs, forks or spatulas and works more efficiently because of the dexterty it offers you when handling food.

Buy it for Dad, Hubby or brother – t’will not disappoint.

12″ – $13.00

19″ – $15.00

Set of 2 (1 of each size) – $25.00

 


Wusthof Knives – Two For Every Household

October 29, 2010

Hello everyone!

My name is Derek. Claire has spent the better part of the year coaxing me into contributing to the Kitchen Boutique blog as a knife expert. For any of you that know Claire, even a little, you can only put her off for so long.  So here I am.

This being my first public forum contribution I want to let you know what you can expect from me. I’ll discuss knives (of course), cutting techniques, styles of blades, sharpening vs honing, how to choose the right knife and length and tons more.  Plus, I will endeavour to end each blog with a tip that may put a smile on your face or introduce you to something new.

There are two knives that every household, no matter the size of family, should own, a great paring knife and cook’s knife.  The later of which also goes by the name chef’s knife or French knife (cause the French first designed the shape).

Paring knives come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  A unique shape will for the most part dictate a specific use or technique.  Today I would like to cover the standard 3 ½” straight blade, the most versatile of all.  This knife can do so many small jobs:  peel fruits and veg, trim fat off meat, score meat to insert garlic or cloves.  Its small, straight-forward shape is well suited when it comes time to making the kid’s lunches or just quartering apples for snack.  I would stay away from more sturdy foods like carrots or potatoes, as the blade is not long enough or rigid enough.  That’s what the cook’s knife is for.

The cook’s knife comes in 14 sizes and styles (WÜSTHOF is the only knife maker that I am aware of with this kind of selection) with sufficient handle sizes to accommodate most hand sizes – even the baseball mitt guys.  You know who you are.  Why so many sizes?  Easy!  We all are built differently; from hand and finger size to wrist and arm strength to proportions of arm length to torso size.  This allows anyone to find a length that is just right and comfortable.  The cook’s knife is your manual food processor.  It will chop, slice and julienne all fruits and vegetables.  Mincing fresh herbs is too easy.  Prepare steaks from your favorite tenderloin.  Although cook’s knives feel heavier and quite robust, they are not meant for bones.  The edges are ground steep so they cannot handle the hardness.

Knives look impressive on the wall of a store.  You cannot find one that works for you by staring at it.  Ask for help, put one in your hand and start the selection process by feeling your way through the assortment.

That’s it for knives today.  If you’re a music fan, you’ll know how personal music is to each of us.  I am not a musician but I live with it almost every waking minute.  I always try to keep an open mind cause you never know what little gem you’ll discover.  On that note, take a listen to Florence and the Machine, fabulous new artist out of the UK.  Unique lyrics tied into a very different sound.  Try the song “dog days are over”.  Enjoy.

Until Next Week – Stay well

Derek


Wildly Delicious Brie Baker

October 14, 2010

Wildly Delicious Brie Baker We recently got in boxes and boxes  of Brie Bakers… and I have to tell you… these are the hottest gift!

Place brie wheel inside the baker… put into oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes and voila! Baked Brie.

Add chutney or, as I did over Thanksgiving… add Brie Brulee topping and ohmygoodness! Yummy!

The Brie Brulee topping we tried out was the Honey Orange… you sprinkle it on top the brie, before you put it in the oven and it carmalizes while the brie is cooking… when the brie is finished… you can nip it under the grill for a few minutes or use a torch and just “finish-off” the carmalizing brie brulee.

I couldn’t believe how delicious this tasted… I’m never going to get into my skinny pants now!

Available in red, cream, cassis (eggplant), rosemary (green).

Available in two sizes: Single Brie Wheel $19 or Party Wheel $30

Cbreeze


Sandwich Guard and the Lunch Punch

August 31, 2010

Back to School
&
Making Lunch
Special

Sandwich Guard YellowSend your kids back to school with an eco-friendly sandwich guard; think of the all the plastic sandwich bags you can save, and your child can choose from an assortment of cool colours.

Additionally, the s’wich guard is easy to open, and is dishwasher safe. Need I say more?!?!?!

Lunch Punch Match & Munch

You can even go a step further and cut their sandwich into cool shapes – like giant puzzle pieces, butterflies, elephants, dolphins, or puppies. Or better yet, your child can cut out their own sandwich, since the lunch punch sets are child friendly.

Conveniently, the lunch punch sets can be used on a number of other items; such as, playdough, cheese, cookies, etc.

Amanda 🙂


Hamburger Press

July 26, 2010

Finally it is starting to look like summer… and finally, we are bringing out our favorite BBQ items!

This is a popular in-store item every season, as you can control the preservatives or fat content, how big your burger patties are and you can store them all in the freezer, when you are waiting for the next, nice summer day!

The next party you go to… say you’ll bring the patties!

Happy Grilling! A&J