Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Cake Batter Pancakes

So... my youngest daughter had a birthday recently, and her request for a special breakfast was for me to make Cake Batter Pancakes.  We had seen the recipe (and compelling photos!) on a fun blog called "How Sweet It Is." Those sprinkles were just too much to resist, especially for such a special occasion!

At first, I made the recipe exactly as it was written, but after the first set cooked, they were thin and rubbery, so I added more cake mix and some more milk until I thought it looked right. (Sorry I can't give you exact measurements.) It probably just depends on the type of cake mix you use.  Plus, I wanted to make more than the recipe on the blog predicted it would yield.  I do have a teenage boy to feed, after all.  Oh, and I may or may not have added a bunch more sprinkles to the batter at the last minute. But that's neither here nor there...

Everybody was really pleased with the final results! (...especially the birthday girl!) Definite cake batter flavor, but the actual pancakes were not overly sweet. LOVED the glaze, but it would probably also be good with whipped cream topping.  For some extra-special birthday fun, we stuck in a few candles and sang the birthday song to the birthday girl!

Here is the MOST IMPORTANT thing about making Cake Batter Pancakes, no matter what day you make them:  Whatever you do, DO NOT EVER, under ANY circumstances, omit the sprinkles!!!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Wild Cake

So, my girls decided to have a joint slumber party to celebrate their birthdays this month.  They sent out an E-vite that was purple with leopard print letters.  When we were deciding what kind of activities to do for their party, we discusses lots of "make-your-own" stuff: pizzas, tie-dye pillowcases, cupcakes, sundaes, donuts, etc.  Well, it all started to sound very time-consuming and labor-intensive (for ME) and just-plain-messy, so I tried to steer them away from a few of the "make-your-own" things.  We still did individual pizzas, and tie-dyeing.  But just regular cake & ice cream at night, and make-ahead cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  Thank goodness!

Anyway, in order to further simplify the cake, I asked them if they would like me to use one of the new products from Duff Goldman's line of cake supplies called a "Cake Tattoo."  Basically, it's an edible strip of material with a printed design on it. You wrap it around a buttercream-iced cake and VOILA! You can also use it to top cupcakes or cookies if you cut the strip into circles. 

I found that the hardest part of using the Cake Tattoo was getting it to go on straight.  I was pressed for time, so mine didn't turn out very straight at all, although you can't really tell that in the photo.  But, on the plus side, the tattoo did not affect the texture or the taste of the cake or icing at all, in my opinion. 

It might take some more practice, but I would definitely try using Cake Tattoos again!  It definitely got LOTS of "Ooooohs" and "Aaaahs" from all the girls at the party (and the moms who saw it too)!