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Spring Treats!

Spring is in the air.  The flowers are blooming and the frost has taken a backseat to the rain, but the sun is still only making occasional appearances.  What better time to have a spring party!?

My 4-year-old’s preschool had a class party yesterday for family to attend and parents were asked to contribute treats, snacks, drinks and decor.  What fun to see the variety of delicious treats on the table; home-baked iced cookies, rice krispie treats, cupcakes, even some delicious candied-popcorn (I asked for that recipe!).

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This year we made bird’s nests!  They were quick, easy, child-friendly and delicious.  Our class has a number of allergies including nuts, eggs, and kiwi so these were allergy-friendly, too. They are also super-cute and were popular among the kids and parents.

We first attempted this treat for dessert on Easter weekend, but they didn’t turn out.  Apparently when you run over to the closest corner store and purchase the only chow mein noodles they have, it doesn’t mean your nests will be edible.  Cute, but not edible.  So we tried again – successfully!

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The ingredient list is short:

 chocolate

chow mein noodles

mini-eggs

Ready?  Melt your chocolate, mix in the noodles and spoon them into some lightly sprayed muffin tins.  I didn’t exactly measure but found that melting the chocolate then stirring in noodles a bit at a time until they were completely covered but not too “wet” worked well.IMG_1769

Once they’re in the tins, use your fingers to make the shape nest-like so there’s a place to put the eggs.  Then add 3 Cadbury mini-eggs (you could use other types like jelly beans or something, but these look so cute and taste great!).IMG_1770

My 4 year old happily helped with the mixing, spooning, and placing the eggs, then licked the spoon clean, of course!  It’s a bit of a sticky process, but they come together quickly and look and taste great.

Enjoy!

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Mmmm. . . . Cake Pops
May 11, 2011, 7:39 am
Filed under: baking, family, food, ideas, kids, parties | Tags: , , , , ,

When my son’s preschool had their spring party, each family was asked to bring an item to contribute to the food, drinks or decor.  Rather than purchasing cupcakes or making rice krispie squares or butter tarts (again), I asked my son what he’d like to make and he replied “um, how about those things like we had with Bubby at Starbucks, you know the ones on the stick with the sprinkles on top?”  To which I replied, “oh, you mean the cake pops”?

So, at 6am with a still-hot cup of tea, I searched the internet to find some inspiration and instructions.  Thank you Bakerella!  http://www.bakerella.com/category/pops-bites/cake-pops/

I didn’t have the luxury of time for such extreme hand-decorating (nor the patience since my 4-year-old was “helping” me make them), so I settled on a simple round, dipped cake-pop with some spring colors.  Just 5 easy steps:

    1. bake the cake (I cheated a little here and used store-bought Betty Crocker’s Super Moist Rainbow Chip mix)
    2. allow the cake to cool completely then crumble into a large bowl (4 year olds are really good at this!)
    3. mix in icing (we used just over 3/4 tub of Betty Crocker’s Whipped Vanilla).  Don’t think about it – normally this icing is spread on the outside of your cake, but this way it’s hidden inside!
    4. roll the cake/icing mixture into golf-ball sized balls and place them on a wax-paper covered cookie sheet, then refrigerate (or freeze if you’re short on time)
    5. melt your candy coating (or chocolate) according to package direction (I bought ours at Michael’s Craft Store), dip your lollipop stick in the candy, insert into cake ball, dip & roll to cover with candy then allow to dry.

Work in progress

 

finished product

Voila!

 

 

Learn from my experience and be sure that your cake pop balls are cold; if you take too long to dip them, put them back in the freezer – otherwise, they slide down the lollipop stick and slump sadly at the bottom on the styrofoam!




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