So, when I made the hidden heart cupcakes last week, I was very conscious of not being wasteful. As such, instead of carving the cake into hearts over a trashcan, I carved over a bowl. At the end, I had a huge bowl of what essentially was cake crumbs! After all my decorating, I also ended up with a lot of cream cheese frosting, as well. So, what to do with all this?
I decided to try my hand at making cake pops. When I found out how to make cake pops, the idea did not appeal to me at all. Cake pops are just cake mashed together with way too much frosting to make a Play-doh like consistency and free-formed into a ball and placed on a stick. But since I had basically had everything already, why not just try.
I've read on another blog that cake pops at coffee shops are a little greasy because of the type or amount of frosting they used as the binder. So I was very mindful not to add too much frosting to the mix. Normally, cake pops are covered in a candy-like shell made of brightly colored white chocolate chips. But I didn't have any of that in the house so I decided to just melt all the semi-sweet chocolate chips I had leftover (which was a surprising amount). I mixed in a few pats of butter to make the chocolate a bit smoother and easier to dip in. The result was a very fudge-like coating once it cooled in the fridge.
Oh ... and in case you're wondering ... the best NY-Style cheesecake recipe I've found is found here:http://www.joyofbaking.com/Cheesecake.html. And my coworkers seem to like cheesecake topped with salted butter caramel sauce. That recipe is found here: http://www.mytartelette.com/2007/03/pillow-cheesecake-with-salted-butter_17.html . The cheesecake recipe found on this site is much more light and fluffy. It's good but I prefer cheesecake to be more dense.