I’ve promised a post with some pictures and ideas of things I made for the party a couple of weeks ago for my new baby niece, and I think it’s finally time to deliver.
First, some background for my non-Jewish readers. The party is a traditional Jewish celebration in honor of the birth of a baby girl. In most cases, including this one, the party took place on Sabbath afternoon, just after prayer services. This party was attended by mostly neighbors, as observant Jews don’t drive on Sabbath. My brother lives in a very young neighborhood, with what often feels like two million kids. When planning the goodies I made, I tried to balance pretty (for the women) and kid-friendly. Here’s what I came up with. As you will soon see, the theme colors were pink and silver. Pretty for a little princess, right?
The internet is full of directions on making cake pops, so I won’t include those here. For proper directions, go back to the source. Here are a couple of tips on what I did with these:
- The chocolate was not made because it matched the color scheme, but because it tastes a lot better than candy melts. Think about that when choosing what to cover your cake pops in.
- To drizzle the pink on the chocolate I put melted pink candy melts in a squeeze bottle. When I wasn’t using it, I stuck the bottle in warm water to keep it from hardening.
- To get the silver sprinkles on top of the pink actually took some experimenting. I tried the squeeze bottle, but it was too thick. I wound up using a paint brush to apply a thin layer of pink, like glue, then I dipped it in silver sparkly sugar. Careful when doing this, because the very thin layer means it dries exceptionally quickly.
- This is more of a generic cake pop tip, but make sure you cover the pop all the way. Rather let the melted candy drip a little down the stick than leave exposed cake around the stick. The exposed cake gets too soft and makes the stick fall out.
The verdict: Let me quote one little boy whom I heard calling his friends into the party. “Come in here,” he exclaimed, “it’s AWESOME.” Every kid who came in made a bee-line for these. I couldn’t have made anything they enjoyed more. Except maybe…
The verdict: hard to say which the kids liked more, but there’s something about the joyous exclamation of “A cookie on a stick!” that makes all the work worth it!
The verdict: How is this even a question? Candy coated in sugar…two guesses if the kids loved them!
The verdict: The kids loved these (what a shock, right?). The funny thing, though, is that my family (who had tasted these before) were all annoyed that most of them were eaten by the kids!
The verdict: I didn’t notice the kids eating these (not enough sugar coating, I guess), but the mothers were absolutely crazy over them. And my family fought over who got to take home the leftovers- although there were almost none!
The verdict: These cakes (which were a lot prettier than they look in the picture, I think) got one of the best compliments I’ve ever received on a baked good. “Wow, these are delicious. I wasn’t expecting them to be so good, because usually things that look this pretty don’t taste this good.”
The verdict? Everyone loves cupcakes, right? I felt bad because the mothers were trying so hard not to let their kids have them, but those that did were thrilled. Then the guests left and the adults dug in. I was going to bring the leftovers to my office, but suffice it to say…none of them made it that long.