Saturday, December 18, 2010
1 box of cake mix (yes they have sugar free) Or you can bake your own
1 can of cake frosting (yes they have sugar free) Or you can make your own
Bake the cake like you ordinarily would in a 9 x 13 pan. (I havent tried the soda cake with the diet soda instead of oil and eggs yet but I am going to today).
Let it cool for about 30 minutes, then crumble it into a big bowl. Make it small crumbs and take out any crispy bits.
Mix in 1/2 to a full can of the frosting until it is sticky enough to form into balls. (I used some frosting and some fat free cream cheese I had in the frig).
Some people like to refrigerate the dough for 20-30 minutes but I haven't had to do that yet.
I use a small scooper and roll the balls and put them on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer till I am ready to go to next step.
Let cake balls thaw for about 30-40 minutes before you begin.
Get the Candy Melts or whatever kind of chocolate you use that hardens when cooled and melt it. You may have to add some vegetable oil since this needs to be fairly thin so the chocolate falls off the ball with gentle tapping.If it is too thick, the balls fall off into the frosting and it is a mess and not fun. Also if the balls are too cold, when you dip into the chocolate, the chocolate gets all clumpy. Also annoying.
The best way I have found to do this is to use good toothpicks. Spear a ball, dip into the melted chocolate then sprinkle your favorite item on the ball or dip the bottom of the ball in sprinkles, nuts, coconut or whatever and set on more parchment paper. They will dry in about 10 minutes into a coated ball of deliciousness.
When Kady made the tiramisu ones, she added freshly brewed espresso to the cooled white cake, crumbeled it and then we used chocolate frosting (a litttle under 1/2 a can) to bind it together.
You can use any variety of cake, frosting, chocolate or items for the outside. I did lemon cake with white chocolate,
white cake with peppermint in the batter with white chocolate and crushed candy canes,
chocolate with chopped peanut butter cups in the batter with milk chocolate and chopped peanut butter cups and chocolate chips
Tiramisu batter with chocolate and white chocolate drizzle.
We are going to take pictures today so I will post pix of the steps and the finished product. They are really fun to make and people go crazy for them. You can also do as pops with the candy sticks in them. (You can buy at a baking store or Michaels craft store).
Gotta give thanks to Nederlung for sparking the cake ball extravaganza. I had never heard of them and now I love them and will be making them for other events. It is a fun way to do cake. (Alot of people say when they have cake leftover from a party or whatever, they turn that into cake balls and then take them to work or save in the freezer for when they need a quick desert). Really the possibilities are endless.
Have a great day, guys!
Friday, December 17, 2010
Every year, I bake for 4 companies that we do business with. I make everything from scratch and put it in a basket and deliver it myself. I have taken my dog (all dressed up) and my girls when they were little but these days I do it myself.
I make everything from scratch, homemade, with love, just like my mama taught me. Pumpkin bread, sugar cookies, homemade almond toffee candy, truffles, and now this year, cake balls.
Anyway, I was thinking this year I wouldn't do it. I mean, how much can one person take? I am a sugar addict which is what got me into this mess and I am one pound shy of my 60 pound mini goal loss.
I never back down from a fight so I decided I would do it. I would bake BUT I am going to do it all over this weekend. I figured if I took my time and did it little by little I would eat little by little for a week and probably gain 3-4 pounds. So I thought I would trick myself and do it all in 2 days.
Bake, wrap, freeze or put in the baskets ready to go for Monday am. I think I will do better and not be as tempted and I will be more aware of my daily intake.
SO: I have started the cake balls. I made chocolate peanut butter cup with chocolate then I made vanilla peppermint with white chocolate and crushed candy canes and Kady has made Tiramisu ones with white cake, espresso, and chocolate with white drizzle.
My neice called and said her co-workers really need some too, so I will make another batch of something else. I am thinking white cake with white chocolate and toasted coconut.
Then the pumpkin bread will be next. That is easy not to eat because they are in loaves and can be wrapped right up and put in the baskets. Then the cookies: sugar cookies with sprinkles (shaped), chocolate chip, peanut butter with hershey's kisses.
And finally, the candy. Almond toffee is alot of work, lots of stirring and it has to be cooked exactly right. I will make a double batch, one to keep for family (in the freezer) and one to give away. Then I will be done.
Oh yea. I am taking pictures of everything I am making and will post them. LOL. I know. I am a brat. Misery loves company!!!
I will warn you in the subject line so you can skip that blog if you want. Hope you guys have a good weekend and have all your shopping done. I have 2 things left so that will be easy. Then, let the fesivities begin!!!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
So really, just when I think I have it all together, how tough I am, how strong, how sticking to the plan I am, I cave. It really is a journey, isn't it?
Progress, not perfection, right?
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
So you are probably thinking, "Wonder how Jan did at Outback tonight? Did she stick to her guns? Did the onions and fries get her? Did she eat a baked potato or a Brownie sundae?"
Let me take you through the meal.
We arrived, got seated and they immediatly brought that delicious brown bread. I had looked up ahead of time and the loaf was 200 calories so I promptly cut half a loaf, eyeballed out a TBS of whipped butter, cut it into 3rd's and said to myself, "Thats it".
The table ordered the bacon cheese fries and the fried onion blossoms. I asked for a salad with dressing on the side. The waitress was awesome. She got that I was watching my weight and she gave me a salad with no croutons and no cheese. (Yea for her!!) and brought it when the appetizers arrived. SCORE! So far, so good. All according to plan. I kept opening the menu and looking at my choices and was the only one there excited that the calorie content was listed. In the end, I went with what I had earlier decided. Sirloin steak with steamed broccoli.
While waiting, I sipped water, visited with people and went back for the other half of the bread, knowing full well what I was doing and also knowing I had room in my day for it. Then I ate 8 onion strings. Did I crack and keep eating them? Did I snap and say screw it? Nawww. Not this girl!
When my meal arrived, it looked kinda sad next to all the yummies everyone else was eating but Kady orderd the side of mushrooms and I added a few of those and spiced it up a bit. I could taste the butter on the broccoli but ate it anyway.
When desert came, I did not order one and I had 2 bites from my girlfriends ice cream and it was really yummy. Then, I was done.
So yea, I can say dinner was a success. You are welcome to look at my tracker to see everything I ate today and I dont think you would say that I suffered at all. It was not hard to do and while I thought about other food, I was happy with my choices, I was full, I was satisfied and best of all, I was happy that I had a successful day and did not go crazy and be defeated by food.
I just went to dinner with my friends. That's it. I can live with that.
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