Mmmmh more foodie fun heading your way RIGHT now! I have two top yummily scrummily food books for you. Actually, they are not just “food”, but food for a Happy Heart!
As you may or may not know, Bakerella IS the Queen of Cake Pops. Angie Dudley is the founder of Bakerella and all things Cake Pops. I have already had two guest Cake Pop writers (one for Hello Kitty Cake Pops and one for Halloween Skull Cake Pops) and there is no doubt in my mind that Cake Pops are here to stay and that they are HUGELY popular! So, I was very excited to receive this book for review. It is brilliant!
Did you know that there are Cake Balls, Cake Pops, Cupcake Pops and Cupcake Bites? No? Well neither did I! In many ways, they are the same thing, but I do like this “staggered” approach to Cake Pop making – no falling pops off sticks. Start of with beautifully formed “sitting balls” and take it from there.
The rest is crafty baking heaven! Bakerella comes up with some many clever and wonderful ways of making new shapes, combining the use of cookie cutters, sprinkles and extras to make all sorts. I love the robots, lions and clowns. You will find a cake pop for every occasions(the baby shower babies are ADORABLE) and I was impressed to even see some very festive Hanukkah Pops.
I love the the handy tips section in each section (e.g. think about using an ice cream scoop for perfect shapes), as well as the page that lists which combination of flavours go best together.
There is even a section for ways to display and store your cake pops. Hoorah. (I still remember my first attempt, my pops where rolling around all over the place).
I was going to “complain” that it is all in American metrics… but Bakerella has thought of it all – at the very back you will find conversion tables. Sorted.
Cake Pops, by Bakerella, $19.95 / £15.99 http://www.chroniclebooks.com/
Whoopie Pie Fun, by Claire Ptak
I confess. I don’t think I have EVER made a Whoopie Pie in my life before. A little while back I Was given a “ready Whoppie Pie” pack. We still haven’t gotten round to making them (Christmas and all it’s gluttony got in the way). But it did spark my interest in them… Is there something delicious here that I have missed?
I think the answer is a most definite YES! I open any given pge in this book and I start to salivate. Words such as “Chocolate Sauce & Shavings”, “Orange Mascarpone Cream” and “Blackberry Cream” jump out at me. You can’t help but to want to make them.
What I love about the book, is that the majority of recipes actually seem EASY to make – basically a flat cake/ soft cookie with a soft cream filling. Delicious. And I think it is something the kids can help me make.
What makes this books special, is the combination of flavours, as well as the different sections – “Simple & Sweet” most certainly appeals to me, as does “Frozen & Chilled”. Mmmmh. PErfect for Summer (please come quickly Summer!!!). But you will also find some “holiday” whoppees for Easter and Halloween!
My one “but”, is that some of the Whoopie Pie fillings are “better made” with something like a Kitchen Aid (which I don’t have), so I am a little nervous of trying it with my hand blender… though there is no real reason why a hand blender shouldn’t work!
Come back on Wednesday this week and you will see that we made some Whoopie Pies and they were DELICIOUS!!!!
Whoopie Pie Fun, by Claire Ptak, £6.99, www.kidsatrandomhouse.co.uk
Right. Enough from me. I have some baking to do!