I work at a gym. A gym where nearly everyone has one heck of a sweettooth. So no one minds one bit when I go into a baking frenzy and bring my treats in to share! For Valentine’s Day, I decided to finally try Bakerella’s famed Cake Pops. They’re fantastic! Absolutely lived up to the hype. They are a bit time consuming, but very fun once you get the hang of it!
I heard lots of “Mmmmmm”s and “Ohmagahhhhh”s when these guys were bitten into
Valentine Cake Pops
1 box Red Velvet Cake mix
1 can Cream Cheese frosting (or about 3/4 cup homemade frosting)
1 package chocolate candy melts (I used chocolate and white chocolate)
sprinkles and candies for decorating
Cook your cake mix in a 13×9″ pan according to the box directions.
Roll your “cake” into 1″ balls and place them on a cookie sheet. One cake mix should make anywhere between 50-70 balls, depending on how large you make them. Once rolled, place your balls in the fridge for at least two hours to chill.
Melt your candy coating per directions on the packaging, and remove a few of your cake balls from the fridge. Dip the end of a lollipop stick in the chocolate and insert that end into the flat bottom of a cake ball. Gently dip your cake pop in the melted chocolate to coat, tapping off any excess. Immediately decorate with sprinkles or other candies. Use a styrofoam block with holes poked in it to dry your pops.
Repeat until you’re all done! I packaged mine in clear candy bags and secured them with twist ties.
My Grandmother makes the best apple pie. This is not a discussion. This is a fact. She hand-picks the apples from her neighbor’s orchard, makes the dough from scratch, and grinds the cinnamon herself. It’s an art, and it tastes even better than it looks! She doesn’t have an actual recipe (the mark of a true Italian), so copying her talent is extremely difficult for me.
Fortunately, I discovered these bars at Beantown Baker…..they taste just like apple pie! If you, like me, are a sucker for appley-cinnamoney things, you have to try these ASAP!
Apple Pie Bars
(slightly adapted from Beantown Baker)
2 cups + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 peeled apples, cored and diced (about 2 cups) – I used one Fuji and one Braeburn
cinnamon sugar for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13″ pan with non-stick spray (I used my “Perfect Brownie Pan”, which was actually a little too small – it’s about 8×11″).
In a medium bowl combine your flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and pie spice. Whisk to combine and set aside.
In the bowl of stand mixer (or by hand), beat sugars and butter on a medium high setting until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well to combine. Add vanilla extract and beat to combine.
Turn the mixer down to slow and fold in your flour mixture a little bit at a time until just combined. Fold in the apples by hand.
Spread the mixture evenly into your prepared pan and sprinkle the top generously with cinnamon sugar.
Place in oven and bake until cooked through, when the top slightly bounces back to the touch, about 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool completely before removing from the bars from the pan, cutting and serving. Bars will be very soft (and delicious!)
I’ve been missing my Golden Retriever a lot lately, so I figured I’d post some canine videos that made me laugh!