Although I have some tried-and-true baking recipes that I return to again and again (many of which involve a jump start from Betty Crocker or the Pillsbury doughboy), I love trying something new. With Barley's birthday party with my family coming up, I decided to try a new cake recipe, cake bites, and homemade marshmallows! For the marshmallows I used the recipe here from Martha Stewart, originator of so many fabulous things! I don't have a candy thermometer or a standing mixer, but they came out just fine! I looooved tasting the "batter" before it set--it was like extra gooey marshmallow fluff- Yum! I think I liked it better than the finished product, ha! I cut mine out in heart shapes (which my husband then said was kind of girly for a boy's birthday but I only have heart, pumpkin, or duck cookie cutters...so my choices were limited.)
Of course, just plain marshmallows weren't enough...I had to cover them in chocolate! I melted semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave and then spread it across half of each heart and let it harden before putting them in a tupperware. You can see the finished product in the top photo with the cake bites (in a green bowl).
The cake bites (like cake pops sans sticks) turned out really yummy! (Yes, they're actually called cake balls but I must be really immature since I can't use that term without thinking of the SNL sketch with Alec Baldwin and his "shvetty balls"--am I the only one?) I used the recipe here (http://www.bakerella.com/red-velvet-cake-balls/) but with homemade chocolate cake, homemade cream cheese frosting, and Wilton's dark chocolate melts. I actually preferred the way they tasted before they were coated in chocolate! I think that uncoated they would be awesome as part of a dessert station with chocolate fondue!! Mmmm. The chocolate cake was a new recipe too, and I found it here (http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-dark-cho-14696). It was really nice and moist, it's definitely bookmarked to try again. I thought it would be fun to do a little picture of Lightning McQueen on it, who Barley calls "happy car!" I just dipped a toothpick in food coloring gel and used that to draw the image over the frosting. All in all, I was very happy with the outcome and will definitely be revisiting the chocolate cake and cake bites again soon!
As you can see, we enjoyed the cake! Mmmm...nice and moist.