On Sunday May 26, we had a surprise 50th birthday party for my girlfriend’s father. I hate surprises. First of all, they never end up being surprises. People are naturally curious; a significant other will wonder why you are buying an extra 100 pounds of hamburger meat when you only have a family of 4.
Needless to say, this surprise was not so shocking. He knew our intent and walked into the downstairs living room with a straight face saying “Hey surprise!” Still ended up being a good party and everyone had a blast but the real story was the desserts, of course.
I got a little out of hand with the desserts, okay, more than a little. We had three different varieties of cupcakes including Irish car bomb, key lime, and chocolate coconut. The headlining cupcake was the Irish car bomb cupcake. This is the alcohol lover’s dream. Featuring a stout cake, whisky gnash middle and a Bailey’s butter cream frosting, there is nothing not to love.
The other highlights of my dessert collection included white chocolate Nutella cups, dark chocolate peanut butter cups and chocolate covered pretzel rods.
But our story today is Cake Pops. With as much fury as Hurricane Sandy on the Jersey shore, I hate cake pops. They were an internet sensation sweeping the nation last year, and with any luck the love of these retched things will dissipate by tomorrow. You may ask why I hate them so much. Last year my mom bought me a cake pop pan. I thought this was great, until I wasted three batches of bake batter on this thing because I thought it was just the batter sticking to the pan, but no the pan version just does not work. Also frosting these things is as much fun as planning your suicide.
Anyways these lil balls of joy were meant to simulate a golf balls, and I believe they looked pretty good! I wanted to find white nonpareils to simulate the dimples in the balls but I could not find them anywhere!! (If I did not wait until the last minute (like I always do) I could have gotten them from this internet site, but nothing screams me like the day of) Also I put Air Heads on the stick to represented the golf ball sitting on a tee.
Reason number 634 why cake pops suck: you bake a serving worthy cake, just to destroy it. Ripping this cake apart with my hands made me feel like a murder. I just created something so beautiful just to dump it out. OOOH the cruelty.
After rolling these babies in melted white chocolate, dipping them in white sugar sprinkles, and wrapping a sticky Air Head around the base, these looked and tasted scrumptious. The cake was like a sponge, a chocolaty soft, decadent, moist, sponge. The outside was crunchy white chocolate and the sugar sprinkles gave it that extra sweetness.
As much as these suck to make, was totally worth seeing everyone all oogly eyed over how fabulous these little golf balls looked. They were a hit too, only two left over and they did not last long either.
Golf Ball Cake Pops
For the cake:
2 Cups Sugar
3/4 Cup cocoa powder
1 ¾ Teaspoon baking powder
1/2 Cup Vegetable oil
1 Cup boiling water
1 ¾ Cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ Teaspoon baking powder
1 Teaspoon salt
2 Cup Milk
3 Teaspoons vanilla extract
For the pop part
- Preheat oven to 350*F. Grease a 13x9X2 pan.
- Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin, this is not a mistake, it is oaky). Pour batter into prepared pans.
- Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for at least 20 minutes.
For the Pop:
White melting chocolate
- Take the cake you just baked and crumble it into a bowl, just dump it in and crumble it up.
- Take half the can of frosting and dump in into the bowl of crumbled cake. With your hands mix it together. You could use a spoon but your hands are so much more fun.
- Roll the pops into balls
- Melt the chocolate according to the package
- Dip the stick into the chocolate, then dip the stick into the ball
- Dip the ball and the stick into the melted white chocolate, then stick the ball into the nonpareils
- Stick the cake pop into the foam block to dry.
- Enjoy slowly. And eat at least seven.