Gifts + Goodies

Look what I got for Valentine's Day! :)
Squee! To anyone who enjoys food blogs, this is such a fantastic gift. A cookbook from the blog goddess herself, The Pioneer Woman. I adore her blog, laugh at almost every tweet she makes and just respect her through and through. Everything she makes I want to gobble up right away, and I'm really envious of her beautiful food photography. I can't wait to crack open this book and make some of her fantastic recipes.

Come to think of it, my whole night revolved around big names in the food blog world. I've been following Bakerella for quite some time now, and am enamored with her adorable cake pops. The woman can craft just about anything out of cake, chocolate and candy and it always turns out so insanely cute! I've been wanting to try my hand at cake balls for a while, so I thought they'd be a perfect excuse for a Valentine's Day treat.

Cake balls take a few steps and some time to make, but all the steps are incredibly easy. Especially because Bakerella's recipe calls for boxed cake mix and canned frosting - a lazy girl's dream come true!

Essentially, you just bake the cake following the box directions, let it cool, crumble it up and mix with a can of frosting. Once that's all mixed up, you simply roll the batter into balls, chill for a while, then dip in chocolate and decorate. 

Easy as pie! Or... err.... easy as cake balls.

I made the batter on Sunday, but just didn't have the energy for all the rolling and dipping  then, so I finished up the job last night. I had to get it done before Valentine's Day was over so I could use these adorable sprinkles without feeling like a heart-obsessed Geekasaurus Rex. For some added variety, I used both white and semi-sweet chocolate to coat the cake balls.

If you'd like to treat cake balls yourself, here is Bakerella's recipe for the red-velvet variety (mmm..... red velvet....). While you're there, be sure to check out her amazing creativity by checking out all her cake pop varieties!

Did you bake anything special for Valentine's Day? Or did someone bake something special for you?

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