Showing posts with label table decor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label table decor. Show all posts

Friday, February 5, 2016

Panther Popcorn Pops

It is Super Bowl week, and that is pretty much all anyone is talking about! Especially if you live in North Carolina, like I do! So these Panther Popcorn Pops are doing double duty. I get to show my love for the Panther's and decorate my party table! And what's even better is that they are so much fun to make! Start with a simple popcorn ball, add a few drizzles of my new favorite colors, and you have a fun, festive centerpiece for your party! Go Panthers!

Panther Popcorn Pops
(printable recipe)
 (makes 10 pops)

2 bags Microwave Popcorn

1 cup Sugar

1 cup light Corn Syrup

1/4 cup Water

3 tablespoons Butter

3 ounces Warm Water

2 1/2 tablespoons Meringue Powder

1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

1 pound Confectioner's Sugar 

Sticks for pops


Styrofoam 

Shot glasses


Use a heavy bottomed pan and mix together the sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cook until the candy thermometer reaches soft ball stage, which is 235 degrees. Cook popcorn, and remove all uncooked kernels.
Immediately remove pan from heat, and mix in butter. Pour mix over popcorn and stir until all popcorn is covered.
Once popcorn has cooled a little, start making small popcorn balls. 
Place one of the sticks into each popcorn ball.
Lay on a piece of parchment paper and let dry overnight, or several hours. Cover tray with saran wrap.
Use blocks of styrofoam to anchor the popcorn balls. Cover the blocks with plastic wrap to ensure that when the popcorn balls are decorated, frosting that falls on the blocks won't damage them.
Make the frosting by placing warm water and meringue powder in a large mixer bowl. Mix together with a whisk for 30 seconds. Add cream of tartar and whisk again for 30 seconds. Add confectioners sugar all at once and mix on low for 10 minutes. Once the frosting is mixed, make sure to keep it covered. Separate what you will need into a small container. Mix some frosting black, some blue, and leave some white. These pops don't use a lot of frosting, but it will depend on how many you are making. Drizzle frosting all over and around popcorn pops. Let dry.
I am using 4 of the pops for a table centerpiece, so I placed styrofoam in each little shot glass, and covered the styrofoam with lots of curly ribbon. The others I covered in plastic and tied blue, black and white ribbons around them for guests.


Have a great Weekend!


 GO PANTHERS!





Thanks for joining me today! 




Thursday, August 23, 2012

Chocolate Cake~It's Good for the Soul!

One of my husbands favorite desserts is chocolate cake. So, why don't I make it very often? I guess it's because it's not fancy and different and something new, it's just chocolate cake. But, it's not really just chocolate cake, is it? It's memories. It's comfort. It's home. It's sneaking in to the kitchen at midnight, sitting at the  table with a glass of ice cold milk, and polishing off a slice with your best friend who is staying over for the night. It's sharing the last piece with your mom after she has had a long day at work, and listening to her tell you about her day. It's what you know will be served at the picnic, because grandma makes her special chocolate cake for every family get together. So when my husband asked for a chocolate cake, who am I to say no? I wouldn't dare thumb my nose at something so rich in tradition!
Chocolate Cake
 with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
(this recipe is straight from The Cake Doctor)
1 package Duncan Hines Devils Food Cake Mix
3 tablespoons unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 1/3 cups Buttermilk
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
3 Large Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Blend on low for 1 minute.
Stop and scrapes down the mix on the sides of the bowl.
Blend for 2 more minutes on medium.
Scrape down your sides again.
Prepare your pans by greasing the pans, 
and then flouring them with cocoa powder. 
Place your batter in your pans.
Bake at 350 degree for 20-25 minutes.
I used mini cake pans, and refrigerated the rest of the mix.
Immediately after removing your baked cake from the oven,
take a spatula knife around the edge between the cake and the pan.
Let the cake cool for 15 minutes, them remove from your pan.
Once the cake was cool. I placed it in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
This made frosting the cake a lot easier.
 Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces Softened Cream Cheese
1/4 cup Softened Butter
2 cups Confectioners Sugar
1/4 to 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
 1 teaspoon Vanilla
Cream together the cream cheese and the butter.
Add the confectioners sugar  and cocoa powder
and mix on low.
Add the vanilla and continue mixing until completely
combined. I had my husband try the icing until it
was the chocolatey goodness that he wanted.
That is why I varied the amount between 1/4 -1/2 cup.
 I split the cake in half, and iced the top of the
bottom layer. The mini cake pans are very tall, so it
worked well. Then I iced the sides and top of the cake.
I placed the cake on a candle plate. Perfect fit!
I decorated around the edge of the top layer with
Orange Non Pareils, then I placed
10 Pearl Lime Sixlets around the edge also.
I sprinkled Yellow Jimmies on top and on the side.
I made this table decoration just for fun. I am
planning a big graduation party for next May
when my son graduates, and I am experimenting
with different ideas. I will be making one in his
school colors next week. I think these colors
look happy and summery, don't you?

Thanks for joining me today!
Cookie Journey Thursday is back tomorrow
with a special "Back To School" cookie.
Hope to see you then!

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