Monday, March 5, 2012

Bakerella's Wedding Cake Bites

Oh Bakerella! Just when I thought I was out, you pull me back in. You convince me that the adorable Disney character, baby animal, and/or other precariously perched cake blob on a stick is perfectly simple to make and will come out well, perfectly. And I, being the consistent fool that I am, fall for it every single time. Be it birthday, baby shower, or this time, a bridal shower, I tell myself that your adorable cake pops are the answer. And each and every time, I somehow convince myself that it's perfectly feasible to bake a cake, mix it with frosting so it's neither too dry nor too gloopy, somehow mold aforementioned cake gloop into some identifiable shape, cover it melted chocolate, and after all that, perch it on a stick. Sounds like a fabulous Friday night!

In all fairness, I really did think Bakerella's wedding cake pops were going to be simpler than her other treats. I mean I had more surface area to work with, I had decided I wasn't putting the darn things on sticks, and well I had made her cake pops twice before. I was clearly an expert. And so, after a long week of work, I decided that instead of watching all the episodes of Downton Abbey that I'd missed, I'd make these perfectly miniature wedding cakes to bring to a friend's bridal shower.

I decided I'd make two kinds of cakes because well, these were going to be so much easier than the Mickey Mouse or flower pops were. Oh, and because I was awesome (because up until this point, I really did think myself pretty darn tootin' awesome). The first set of cakes were going to be chocolate, covered in white chocolate so that when people bit into them, they'd see the gorgeous contrast (because when I eat dessert, I always think about contrast. Don't you?). The second set of cakes were to be chocolate covered in chocolate and decorated with red accents to match the bridal shower's colors.

I even planned ahead and made little heart cake toppers the night before. You know how hard it is for me to do anything on a Thursday night? That's my Big Bang Theory watching night. And yet, I shelved my love of geek humor for one evening to mold little hearts out of sugar paste. And if that ain't geek humor right there, I'm not sure what is.

I baked the cake, mixed in the frosting, made the two cake tiers using two circular cookie cutters. I was well on my way to being done and it was only 10 p.m. I figured I'd be done by 11 p.m. and could get in a few episodes of Downton Abbey before bed. I stuck the two tiers together using a bit of melted chocolate. Truth be told, they didn't really look like tiered wedding cakes but I forged ahead because well, the great Bakerella couldn't be wrong.

11:30 p.m. Still going strong. I melted the chocolate and dipped one of the cakes in to cover it. And the top tier fell off the bottom and both layers began sinking in the quicksand of melted chocolate.

12:00 a.m. New plan. I'd leave the cakes on the cooling racks and gently pour the chocolate on top. Except well, melted chocolate is more like a hurricane rather than a gentle rain. The darn cakes looked like they'd been drowned in chocolate.

12:30 a.m. No worries. I had another plan. I was still awesome. I decided to put the cakes on sticks to help with the dipping process and then take them off the sticks for the final presentation. Except well, it's hard to balance two oddly shaped, uneven tiers on sticks. Very hard. I was beginning to feel a little less awesome.

1:00 a.m. I managed to cover the cakes in chocolate only to realize that white chocolate doesn't cover chocolate cake all that well. And by all that well, I mean not at all. And another crack appeared in my awesomeness.

Fast forward to 3:00 a.m. All of the cakes were more or less covered in chocolate (with a slight emphasis on the less). But the chocolate on the cakes wasn't drying properly and the tiny decorations were looking like an arts n' crafts project gone awry. On a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is Barney Stinson awesome and 1 is a giant foodie face plant, I was hitting about 2 right now. Remind me why I didn't just make cupcakes, throw on some heart shaped sprinkles, and call it a day?

5:00 a.m. Done. Eyes. Burning. Feet. Hurting. Awesomeness. Nonexistent.

And so ends the tale of yet another Bakerella cakeball adventure. You'd think I'd learn my lesson after three attempts at her creations, all of which were more difficult and time consuming than they seemed at first glance. I'm not sure if the whole "these are so easy, anyone can make them" vibe is part of her charm or if I'm just particularly spazzy, but I know one thing. Come the next event in my life, I'll be back on her blog ready to embark on cakeball adventure number four. Just when I thought I was out...


  1. I think they still came out cute, I was so worried after our e-mails, lol. Why is it sometimes the things that look the easiest end up being the hardest. I love BBT, they make me laugh so hard. Sounds like you ladies had a wonderful shower. Hope you are having a great week too.

  2. You seriously stayed up until 5am making little cake pop wedding cakes? OMG, you're totally my hero (tho I'd prefer not to replicate your achievement... I merely admire it and worship it most fervently.)
    Also, totally not ever making cake pops. Anything that takes more time to assemble than it does to eat is on my do-not-make list. :P

  3. You are an inspiration...I can't stay up until 5 am to do anything - never mind bake something so gorgeous as this!

    How do you do it all? And so well? Please share your secrets with us. I'm dying over here.

    PS: Great to see a post from you. :)

  4. Gina, you were SUCH a help. Thanks for letting me bounce ideas off of you. And really, one day I hope to try your modeling chocolate idea!

    Isabelle, dude, for reals! I consoled myself by eating many (many!) scraps of cake during the making process.

    Ameena, glad to know my facade is working. Oh, and by the time Maya gets married, I hope to be good enough so that I can make them for wedding favors. I hope she's not planning on getting married until she's forty :)

  5. Hahaha , did you stay up that late making these , wowowo , but it really looks Awesome . These little things may look cute and easy but they are really time consuming and difficult .

  6. They're gorgeous! You're makin me hungry! Oh wait... I'm always hungry!

  7. Do you know how much my face lights up when I see a post from you on my dashboard? It makes me so very happy because I know I'm in for a good laugh. And you didn't let me down.

    How are you even able to function at 3am? How can you be awake for that long and still create such adorable little cakes?

    They really are seriously cute.

  8. 5 AM huh? Ouch! Thank you for the warning...Now I know better than to attempt anything more complex than a simple round cakeball, but I'm seriously wondering whether I could even manage that.

    Your little wedding cakes turned out beautifully!! Truly a labor of love!

  9. Ohmygosh, bless your heart!! Well, your effort truly paid off - they are adorable!

  10. And when did the little man wake up? ;-)

    You're so hardcore sprinkled with some awesomeness and craziness! These cakes are beautiful!

  11. They look amazing!! I made elephant and lion cake pops once and man... it was a hot mess. I ate a lot of cake that day.

  12. Wow, those are so cute!! You are light-years ahead of me in the baking world! ;)

  13. Well, kudos for your efforts! I'm impressed and know all about feet hurting after baking forever!

  14. Despite all your hardships with these, they look adorable! I'm sure everyone at the shower loved them and your efforts were greatly appreciated! Good luck on your next adventure :)

  15. Oh my goodness, I was literally laughing out loud when I read your timeline! Only because I could see myself doing the same exact thing! While I haven't been up that late battling a baked good into submission, there have been quite a few that took a while to get just right. Those wee cakes look lovely though, I think you did a great job!

    And now I'm scared to death of making cake pops. Haha.

  16. I'm so glad to see you back. I agree with you, Bakerella and all those other cute stuff are deceptive. I've spent so many similar nights up!

  17. Oh my stayed up until 5a.m. to bake these beauties! such adorable lil cake bites!

  18. well worth it! these were so good! :)

  19. omg. i don't think i could have (or my hubby would have allowed) stay up all night to cook/bake. how many did you make? they're really cute. guess you could have chosen to make cupcakes but these super-mini 2-tier cakes take the cake. hehe.

  20. Hi how did you keep the shape so flat im making 50 and they are off toone side x

  21. Hi Jean,

    I stuffed the cake mixture into the circular cookie cutters (making sure to press the top and bottom on a table to make the flat cake discs). I then pushed out the cake disc from the cutter. Let me know if that helps. Good luck! :)


  22. Sorry I never got back to you sooner but my wedding cake pops turned out fab thank you x


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