Posted by Nicci | Posted in Kitchen Products, Music, Way Back Wednesday, What's New Wednesday | Posted on 28-09-2011
Last week I wrote about As Seen On TV kitchen products, and this week is more of the same–although with a twist. Last week I talked about getting ready for holiday cooking with the Butterball Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer, but this week, I have a more pressing cooking engagement on my mind. This weekend I’ll be throwing a birthday party. A 40th birthday party. Which means I’ll have to make cake. Which means I need some As Seen On TV bakeware, pronto. But I’ll get to that in a minute.
See, because this is a 40th birthday party, we’ve decided to go with an 80′s theme. It’s like Halloween, only earlier and for old people. Anyway, I’ve been trying to find ways to make this a truly memorable party, even though the guest of honor may soon begin losing his memory as he gets really, really old.
First, I need a costume. By costume, I mean I need to raid my clothing in storage to see if anything still fits. I considered wearing a fitness getup like one from a 1980′s infomercial exercise video:
I know we’re going to have an 80′s soundtrack playing all night, and so I thought one of the Time Life Music compilations might just fit the bill for our evening of New Wave, One Hit Wonders, and Hair Bands.
I thought maybe I could practice some sweet dance moves with the 1980′s infomercial break dance tutorial by Alfonso Ribeiro, “Pop and Lock:”
Then I remembered the only thing I’m likely to break is a hip.
So I’m settling for making a Pac Man cake. I figure it can’t be to hard to mess up, right? I mean, I bake a round cake, cut out a wedge, and frost it yellow. What could possibly go wrong?
Except I decided that if I have a Pac Man, I need a Ghost. So . . . okay. I make a rectangle cake and cut it into the shape of a Pac Man Ghost, then frost it pink or blue. Okay. I think I’ve still got it. No problem.
Except I decided that if I have a Pac Man and a Ghost, then I need some Power Pellets to connect them. Why do I do this to myself?
Luckily, the Power Pellets should be about the easiest part of this cake. Maybe even easier than Pac Man, because I can almost guarantee I won’t be able to frost it smoothly and there will be crumbs all in the icing. Why am I convinced the Power Pellets will be so easy? Because I’m making CAKE POPS.
Now, traditionally, cake pops or cake balls are simple but time consuming. They involve baking a cake, crumbling it, mixing in frosting, chilling, rolling a bazillion balls, dipping, more chilling . . . you get the picture. But even though I keep adding to my party t0-do list, I’m not one for time consuming projects.
Enter Bake Pop and Tasty Top Cake Pops. These two new As Seen On TV cake pop baking pans will let me make perfectly round Power Pellets without any crumbling or rolling. I can just pour the cake batter into the bakeware, bake it, and I’ll have the most enviable (and delicious) Power Pellets around.
Now–it’s off to find a crimper and some industrial strength hairspray. It’ll be, like, totally awesome.