Thursday, February 28, 2008

Cake Bons

Homemade buttercream, originally uploaded by foodchronicles.

I'd call them what the rest of the universe is calling them, but it I like this name better.

Take your favorite buttercream recipe. Simple, 1/2 pound butter, cream in the mixer until smooth, add a pound or so of powdered sugar, 3 tsps of extract (your choice) and 1/4 cup of milk. Beat together, slowly!!!! at first or you get a floor full of powdered sugar. Once they are all combined well, beat at medium speed for about 10 minutes. It should be fluffy and ready to spread. If it is still too thick, don't hesitate to add a bit more vanilla or milk. set aside.

Bake your favorite cake. (I used my stand by white recipe, added macerated maraschino cherries and some cherry juice for the liquid) Allow to cool completely. Crumble the cake ina bowl like this:

Cherry Cake
Then add a pound of the buttercream to the cake mix. Get your hands in there and mix it together. Once you have it mixed together roll the cake into 2 inch balls. Place on a cookie sheet and put in the fridge to set up well.

Ready to dip

While chilling, chop up your favorite chocolate and temper it. Once the cake has chilled, dip balls into chocolate and cover well. If your chocolate is tempered, they should set up quickly and be ready to go.

I was going to add sprinkles, but they set up so quickly, they stayed plain.
Dipped bons

Voila! Ready to eat.

This is one of the items for tomorrow's lunch. You'll recognize me easily. I'm the one with the chocolate manicure!