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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Feburary Food Challenge: Pink or Red

For Feburary, Jenna assigned us to make something pink or red and give it away. This was a lot harder then I thought. Finding something that's pink or red and in gift form as a food is difficult. I first tried Red Velvet Cupcakes, but they didn't come out they way I hoped.

So, I set off searching for something else and fell upon the idea of Cake Balls. The recipe I found called for box recipes and I had to make this from scratch. Here's what I did:

I found a White Cake recipe from allrecipes.com called Heavenly White Cake.
All my ingredients.

Mix dry ingredients.

In a different bowl beat egg whites and add 1/2 cup sugar gradually until meringue will hold up soft peaks.

Cream butter. Add the rest of the sugar and cream together. Then add dry ingredients alternately with milk.

Mix in meringue.

And flavorings. The almond is what makes it so good!

Then bake.

This cake was delicious. Ty's favorite sort of cake is white, so I think I'll make this one for his birthday.

(This is the part where I forgot to take pictures. :( )
Immediately after the cake is finished in the oven, put it in a bowl and crumble it.
I mixed it with a homemade Butter Frosting recipe with a little added red food coloring to make it PINK. Then, after making the balls from the cake and frosting mixture, I dipped them in chocolate.
Put in the fridge to cool.

The next day the are so delicious!

Heavenly White Cake Recipe

Ingredients:
2 3/4 cups sifted cake flour
4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
4 egg whites
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup butter
1 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. almond

Directions:
1. Measure sifted flour (I didn't sift it), baking powder, and salt; sift together three times(I just mixed them well).

2. In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add 1/2 cup sugar gradually, and continue beating only until meringue will hold up in soft peaks.

3. Cream butter or margarine. Gradually add remaining 1 cup sugar, and cream together until light and fluffy. Add sifted ingredients alternately with milk a small amount at a time, beating after each addition until smooth. Mix in flavorings. Add meringue, and beat thoroughly into batter. Spread batter in 15 x 10 x 1 inch pan which has been lined on the bottom with parchment paper (Waxed paper. I'd never done this before and don't recommend it unless you're doing the cake balls because it crumbles easier and it's easier to take out of the pan).

4. Bake at 350ยบ F for 30 to 35 minutes. (This part is if you actually want to make the cake). Cool cake in pan 10 mintues, then remove from pan and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. This cake may also be baked in two 9 inch round pans for 30 to 35 minutes or in three 8 inch round pans for 35 to 30 minutes.

Butter Frosting recipe

Ingredients:
6 Tbsp. Butter
1 lb. box powder sugar (add to your liking)
1/4 cup cream or milk (we use cream)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Directions:
Cream butter, gradually add 1/2 sugar, blending, add cream and vanilla, gradually add rest of sugar, add cream for consistancy.

(The chocolate was melted Hersheys bars mixed with cream, but I would recommend just getting the predone stuff from the store.)

It may look like it took a lot of work to make these and it sorta did, but it was mostly a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it. We gave them away to people we visit in church and other friends we know. They enjoyed them as well!

4 comments:

  1. I may have to try these - I've always been freaked out by the idea of balled up cake. I clearly have so issues to address.

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  2. So, I bet your husband totally loves you that you are such a little baker.

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  3. This looks great! I might have to try them.

    By the way, I love your title bar at the top, the image is great, and I adore the quote!

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