Saturday, August 28, 2010

Oreo Cookie Truffle Pops Recipe

I am soooo loving cake pops at the moment, for me they are the new cupcake, or macaron, or whatever....... I'm not even up with what's "it" at the moment but for me Cake pops are definitely 'it'.

Not to say I don't still enjoy a couple of macarons each day. Variety is the spice of life. But given a choice I'm going for those cake pops for sure.

Dense, moist and cakey inside and creamy sweet chocolate outside, there's no way I'm tiring of these delicious treats any time soon.

The ones in these pictures are not technically cake pops, they're cookie pops, Oreo cookie truffle pops to be exact.

And how about this, just 3 ingredients: Oreo cookies, cream cheese and chocolate. None of that messy time consuming cake making and baking for these pops.

Do you know what that means, yup they are ready to eat even faster. Just mix, chill, dip and eat.

I served these Oreo Truffle pops at the Ava's Tea Party we held in memory of Ava Rosemeyer, if you haven't had a chance check out the post.

Of course can't mention cake pops without mentioning Bakerella whom has a new cookbook out on...... yes you guessed it cake pops. I'm sure I don't need to tell you to check out her site if you love cake pops like I love cake pops.

Oreo Cookie Truffle Pop Recipe - makes approx 16 truffle pops

Note for US conversion, pretty much just add half the amount of cream cheese to what ever size packet oreo's you get. So if you have a 16oz package of Oreos add 8oz cream cheese which will make around 23 or 24 Oreo truffles.

300g Oreo Cookies
150g Cream Cheese at room temp
397g Packet Wilton Chocolate Melts (mine were pink) or use white eating chocolate with a little copha melted in.

1. Crush Oreo cookies finely in a food processor

2. Add cream cheese and process until the mixture clumps together

3 Roll into small balls, mine are about 25g (7/8 ounce) each and refrigerate until firm

4. To secure sticks for dipping, melt some of the chocolate melts (I just do mine in the microwave for short bursts on med low) and dip the end of your sticks/pops in the chocolate and push into the firm truffles. Return to fridge.

5. Melt remainder of chocolate, make sure it is completely smooth. Holding the stick/pop dip truffles into the melted chocolate, allow excess to drip off and then place into a holder to set. I use styrofoam covered in plastic.

These pops are decorated with modeling chocolate butterflies. If you want to add on any decorations you can either add while the chocolate has not yet set or afterwards you can melt a little more chocolate and add using a little of the melted chocolate as the glue.
Linda Vandermeer is a blogger, baker, maker and author of the cookbook ' Sweets on a Stick': More than 150 kid friendly recipes for cakes, candies, cookies and pies on the go!. Published in the US the book is available at most online book stores:

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ava's Tea Party

I first read Ava Rosemeyer's story about a year ago, I was searching and came across some beautiful images and noticed a tab with the simple heading Ava and a link to her memorial site.

To say Ava's story is touching is a complete understatement, Ava was not yet 4 when she was unexpectedly taken from her family. One of the things that Ava had been looking forward to was a tea party she had been planning with her family.

A group of talented people have had the vision to create Ava's Tea Party in August each year, to inspire people to spend time together with their loved ones. Links to these groups are included at the end of this post.

So inspired, on Monday the 23rd of August some friends and I had a tea party in memory of Ava Rosemeyer.

Naomi from Naomi V Photography took beautiful images of this wonderful day and Daneve from Ah Tissue came and decorated with her gorgeous pom poms.

We remembered a little princess, we laughed, had fun and spent time with some people we love and some new friends.

We had rosewater cupcakes, chocolate macarons, oreo cookie pops, flower sugar cookies and Wizz Fizz sherbet icecream cones.

In memory of Ava I didn't stop the kids from wading in the mud and squishing it between their toes. Lilli told me this was the best part of the party......

Big bubble blowers.......always lots of fun.

Proving that not only princesses love a tea party Kye was the ultimate party boy.

Later while driving home Lilli asked me if I thought that Ava got the balloons up in Heaven that we had released.

I'd like to think she did.

Ava's Tea Party is held in August of every year. This year Details Details has a range of printable invites for $10 each designed by a group of super talented Australian Stationery designers. The whole $10 you pay is donated to Paradise Kids a community funded organisation which helps families through grief and loss.

Big thank you to Naomi V Photography and Ah Tissue for helping to make this such a wonderful day for the kids.

Ava's Tea Party 
Paradise Kids
Details Details Beauty Full Collection
Naomi V Photography - thank you for the images on this Ava's Tea Party post
Ah Tissue pom poms - thank you for the lovely pom pom decorations for this party and the balloons for releasing.

Update: The girls are wearing pettiskirts from Princess Ratbag - Australian Designed and owned - click here for the link to Princess Ratbag.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wizard of Oz Party - Sophie's 4th Birthday

Wizard of Oz Farmhouse cake - rainbow inside with Rainbow Macaron Feature

Some people are amazing, I was talking to my friend Sandy this morning and she mentioned how after each birthday party she starts planning the one for next year.

Wow, that's really organised, like really really organised. I can't compete with that.

Poor Sophie got 2 weeks of planning for this one. I was still in recovery from Lilli's party when my sister in law asked what date we were actually having Sophie's party as her birthday was about 2 weeks away.


But it's ok, I do some of my best work under pressure,  I already had in my mind that we would be having a Wizard of Oz party, as my newly 4 year old really does make a sweet Dorothy.

I just needed to invite some kids, come up with some party games and think up / make some themed party food over the next 2 weeks.

Piece of Rainbow cake (hehe). Although truthfully the rainbow cake was no piece of cake at all, actually quite a bit of work there but it was adored by Sophie who made suitable 'oh wow' noises.

Oh and look at that tiny triangle of violet cake at the top left after I carved out the shape. Honestly what kind of idiot would bake a whole layer of cake for that..........Well I think we all know.

Doesn't look quite so crazy from this angle, but we all still know how much violet there really is don't we.

Of course the ever wonderful and talented Terri my sister in law made the pom pom decorations, labels and took the photos as well.

Wizard of Oz party table menu

Farmhouse rainbow cake - yup it really is rainbow inside.

Rainbow Macarons - served in a jar and also two tone rainbow feature behind house. Filling included peppermint buttercream, raspberry ganache and orange ganache.

Poppy field cake balls

Snowflake cake pops (cheesecake inside), these were my favourites

Rainbow sweet liquorice and Glinda's lolly mix

Rainbow fruit salad

Ruby Slipper sugar cookies with raspberry glaze - Click here for recipe and instructions

Rainbow coloured popcorn

Emerald City Punch (kiwi fruit juice)

I got these cute little bottles from Imprintables click here for link and you can get the striped straws there as well, from Details Details or Paper Scissors Rock Stationery. You can actually get these bottles yourself by buying them still filled with juice and then soaking and scrubbing the labels off, but I don't drink juice and I don't like scrubbing so totally worth having Imprintables do that hard work for me.