Friday, May 4, 2012
Strawberry Lemon Cake Pops on a Cloudy Day
Fridays shouldn't be cloudy, especially not in May. Instead of puffy cotton ball clouds drifting through an electric blue sky, my view of the heavens looks much more like the backside of an elephant. Don't get me wrong. I like elephants, just not staring at their behinds.
So, how to insert cheer into a grey day? The mall? Overdone. I could do something productive, but that would need to be laundry which doesn't sound overly cheerful. How about some delightful little cake pops? I've got that leftover lemon pound cake, so let's give it a go. Sunshine on a stick!
1/2 leftover pound cake
1/2 pound of hulled (cut the tops off) strawberries
1/2 C of cream
1 box of strawberry flavored (sweetened) gelatin
1 bag white chocolate chips divided into 2 halves
2 tbs of vegetable oil divided in 1/2
Crumble cake into large mixing bowl
Puree strawberries (should equal about 1 C of puree).
Heat cream to a boil in pan.
Add gelatin to cream and stir.
Remove from heat and add strawberry puree.
Stir into crumbled cake and refrigerate for an hour.
Remove from fridge.
Take heaping tablespoons of mixture and roll into a ball. Put them on a silpat or wax paper lined cookie sheet.
Put the cake balls back in the refrigerator for another 1- 1 1/2 hours.
After cake mixture has firmed up, prepare the white chocolate glaze.
Add 1/2 white chocolate to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds, stir, microwave for 20 seconds, stir, add oil & stir.
Dip cake in chocolate add sprinkles (chocolate dries quick so don't dillydally with the sprinkles) and let them set. When you run out of chocolate, melt the other 1/2 of the bag the way you did the first.
Refrigerate until ready to serve. If you don't mind cake pops with flat tops, you can stick them back on a silpat or wax paper lined baking sheet to set. If you don't want them like that, you can stick the sticks in a well anchored and well balanced block of foam from the craft store. Of course, really you don't need sticks at all and you can call them truffles. I'm gonna use decorative toothpicks. Chef's prerogative, right? And there you have it. Sunshine on a stick (or no stick)!