Um, I think I just found my birthday cake for this year.
pistachio petit-four cake | smitten kitchen.
She had me at “It involved all of the best things on earth: a pistachio layer cake, thin ribbons of jam, sheets of marzipan and bitter-chocolate ganache filling and coating.”
I will now drool myself to sleep.
But oh so delicious! O.M.G.
I’ve been drooling over variations on the cake ball theme on Bakerella’s site and decided to have a go at making them this weekend (mainly because people were coming over that I could pawn off my experimental baking onto).
I started with Bakerella’s Red Velvet Cake Ball Recipe. Although, I actually used a chocolate cake mix and skipped adding any red food coloring since I figured no one would really miss the color.
Pioneer Woman has a great pictorial on making Cake Balls/Pops too. I love her anal retentive way of showing the whole process of making things, but personally my hands were way too messy to pick up a camera until the end. PW uses a fork to break up the cake, Bakerella I think, suggests a food processor – me I like my hands. I also used a potato masher to easily and quickly mix the crumbled cake and icing smoothly. Plus it’ll work your triceps before you start popping these things like a cake ball eatin fool!
These are like poor man’s truffles. So delicious…so evil…especially since they’re so pop-able. I’m pretty sure that these are only going to get made for holidays from now on, but I’m excited about all the possibilities of flavors and decorations. Just as long as I can keep them from going in my mouth.