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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Easter Dessert Round-Up

Easter is right around the corner (one week from today!).  It has always been a time for our family to get together.  I've picked out some of my favorite Easter pop creations.  Seriously, peoples creativity and skills with cake pops and cookie pops shock me!  It is like ART.  Here are some Easter treats on a stick that people of all ages will enjoy.  

I'm sure you know of Bakerella's cake pops.  The woman is a genius.  Her Easter cake pops are SO adorable I might hesitate for a minute before eating it (but who can resist for more than a minute?)
To see how Bakerella created these adorable confections, visit her blog: She takes you step-by-step through the creation of her Easter Bunny and Easter Egg cake pops, her Spring Chickens, and her Sheep cake pops.

Stylishly Sweet makes some absolutely adorable cake pops, too.  I really love her little accents with the ribbon and tags.  Simple addition yet over the top cute.  The pictures on her Flickr are seriously impressive!

All About You has some goofy bunnies that I think are just hilarious.  The young guests at your Easter get together would really like these ones.

Speaking of seriously impressive, Baking 911's Tulip Cake Pops look so real, it is hard to imagine biting into one!  These are absolutely gorgeous (and must require a lot of patience to make so perfect).  
Don't feel like making Cake Pops?  I've been seeing Cookie pops floating around on the internet for a while, and these Easter Cookie Pops have got to be amongst the best I've seen.  Baking 911's Easter Basket Cookie Pops are simply stunning.  

Cake Journal takes you step by step with lots of photos for how to make these Bunny Cookie Lollipops.  I love those step-by-step photo tutorials - I'm such a visual person, these how-to's make it so straightforward.

If Cake Pops and Cookie Pops are not your thing, you could always try some Rice Krispies Treat pops.  
Hungry Happenings made some Easter themed chicky rice crispy treats and put them on a stick because everything is more fun on a stick!

And where better to put all of these adorable Easter treats on a stick?  On your The Smart Baker Cake Pop Stand of course!  Now through Easter, we're offering a $5 discount on Round and Square Cake Pop stands. Just enter CakePop5 at check-out to receive the discount!

...and if you're feeling lazy but still want a fancy pop display, you can buy doughnut holes and call it a day. :)

Red Velvet Goodies Galore!

After seeing that Red Velvet Whoopie Pies was up next on the baking list for Club Baked, it must have put Red Velvet on my mind.  Both of these Red Velvet cookies were quick to whip up and tasted great - Nice variations on the traditional Red Velvet Cake.  

First up, is the Red Velvet Whoopie Pies from Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented.  Before making them, I did a quick search to see how other people fared with this recipe and I saw nothing but glowing reviews.  I was nervous to do whoopie pies again because in the past, my one and only attempted ended in super flat pies that spread into each other.  Utterly inedible!  So this time, I was cautious and made this recipe exactly as the book stated.  The result?  FAR better than my last attempt!  These were a cinch to put together, and baked up exactly as they were supposed to.  I used two different fillings: Buttercream frosting and Cream Cheese frosting.  I haven't sampled a Cream Cheese one yet, but the Buttercream filled whoopie pies are delicious.  These would be adorable Easter treats if tinted with pastel colors!  I omitted the walnut topping on the filling, but I think these would be adorable with Sprinkles.  For the recipe, visit Andrea of Nummy Kitchen and visit Club Baked to see how the other bakers' pies came out.  

Next up is Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies.  If the Whoopie Pies were easy, these were even easier.  This is a simple drop cookie.  Not fussy at all, but makes quite a unique, pretty little cookie.  I'd definitely make this recipe again.  Unlike other drop cookies I've made, these dried out after a couple of days, so these are best eaten within a day or two... but that probably won't be a problem. :)

Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies, adapted from The Curvy Carrot
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened, room temp
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar firmly packaged
2 large eggs, room temp
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2/3 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
Red food coloring gel
1/2 to 1 cup white chocolate chips (to taste)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and both sugars on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Add the food coloring gel until you reach the desired color.  Remember, it will get darker when the cocoa powder gets mixed in.
Reduce the mixer speed to medium-low and add eggs and vanilla, mixing until combined.
Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder, mixing until thoroughly combined.  
Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the white chocolate chips until incorporated.
Using a cookie dough scoop, drop the dough about two inches apart from one another.  
Bake until slightly golden and crisp around the edges, about 10-12 minutes.


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