Monday, April 4, 2011

Helping the Smart Cookies in Uganda

I don't know if you remember my post (from now a year ago) about the Invisible Children Bake-Off my friend Becca and I entered... wellll it's backkk.

Last time we made chocolate cake pops in the shape of apples... this year we made these...

Cookies & Cream Cake Pops!

We decided to step up our game this year, and went all out with the Oreos.  We mixed in fine Oreo crumbles to the yellow cake batter, as well as the cream cheese frosting, and finally sprinkled crushed Oreos on the outside of the white chocolate. Who doesn't love Oreos, right? After all, they are milk's favorite cookie ;).  Mmmmm.

Competition was tough this year.  This was only the 2nd annual Invisible Children Bake-Off at UVA, but the number of contestants nearly doubled!  And everything tasted soo good. haha.

The Bake-Off was held to help raise money for UVA's sister school in Uganda, and thanks to the support of our friends, we had so many people come out and not only vote for us, but support Invisible Children too!  With that, we ended up getting SECOND PLACE!  I was pretty happy about it.

Even though we didn't win like last year, I'm glad that we still placed, seeing as there was so many more contestants and so many tasty treats!  With second place, Becca and I won gift cards to yummy restaurants.  So exciting!!

So,  if you're looking to venture out and try something a little more complex in the baking world, try these cuties!  Bite-sized pieces of heaven.  They might even win you something ;)

Cookies & Cream Cake Pops
1 box yellow cake mix
Ingredients listed for the cake
1 can cream cheese frosting
1 package Oreos
White Chocolate
Cake Pop sticks

Crush about 6-8 Oreos (or however many you want, really) into fine crumbs.
Add Oreos to cake batter and make cake as directed on box.
Allow cake to cool, then in a large bowl, finely crumble cake.
*tip from Becca: don't crumble edges! they're too hard which makes it more difficult for the cake pop to stick together (so cut them off before crumbling!).  Also, if the top of the cake is too hard, don't crumble that either.*
Add about half of frosting + 6-8 crushed Oreos to cake crumbles, and mix together with hands. (it's important that there is enough frosting to make the cake moist enough - about half a can usually works, but you can always add more if needed!)
Form cake balls into desired shape and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Refrigerate for at least one hour (this step is important!) so that the cake can stick together!
After refrigerating, melt a small amount of white chocolate, dip one end of pop stick into chocolate and insert into cake. (the chocolate will help the cake to stick on the pop)
Melt rest of chocolate, dip pops, shake off excess, and stick in styrofoam to dry.
After chocolate has dried, decorate pops as desired!

1 comment:

  1. sweet hand model!! me rikey.

    can't wait for orzo && pigeon hole dates!!

    LOVE YOU P.I.C.!!!