Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"snow eggs"

my mom was an
eat a piece of fruit if your hungry
kind of mom
cakes, cookies and pastries
were for special occasions

after dinner
a bowl of fruit
platter of nuts
and maybe
a hunk of cheese
would be placed in the middle of the table
we would
solve the world's problems
while the coffee brewed

if i wanted
a store bought
cream filled delight
i had to eat at a friend's house

i have still never tasted
an actual hostess snowball
but i get the gist

when i found this fabulous
vintage cake pan
at a local shop
i couldn't wait to make cakes

cakes
with creamy filling
robed in sticky marshmallow
and
covered with
dreamy
pastel-painted
coconut

cakes. like. these.

marshmallow cakes
makes approximately 18
1 batch devil's food cake (recipe here)
1 batch cream filling (recipe here)
1 batch marshmallow topping (recipe here)
colored coconut
butter, or spray cake pan and dust with cocoa powder.  fill to 3/4 full and bake in 350 oven until tester comes out clean
let cool completely before filling
meanwhile, make cream filling
using a pastry bag with a "fill" tip
squeeze about 2 Tbs of cream into the center of the cake through the large end of the egg
 to make your colored coconut
simply take about a cup of sweetened flake coconut and place it in a ziploc bag.  drop in 2-3 drops of food color and close the bag. massage with your hands until all coconut has a bit of color in it. set aside until you are ready to use.
do not make your marshmallow until you are ready for it. marshmallow sets up quite fast, if possible get someone to help you, this will help it go both smoothly and quickly.
when you are ready, arrange your filled cakes on parchment paper in groupings of what color you will be topping them with
now 
make your marshmallow topping.
while the marshmallow topping is still slightly warm, but is perfectly fluffed, stop whipping.  immediately begin topping your marshmallows, simply by pouring a bit of marshmallow on top.
 if you are doing this alone, stop after every two or three and generously sprinkle the coconut on top and sides. if you have a helper, allow them to immediately follow you with the coconut.  your marshmallow will set up within 5 or so minutes.
don't panic, just be aware.

i think these would be just darling wrapped and hidden in the garden
for a truly joyous
easter egg hunt


  




8 comments:

  1. Sounds so familiar!! You see that I only just tasted my first Twinkie at 38...lol. Everything you make looks so amazing. Thank you for the wonderful blog...it feeds me even before the food is cooked!

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  2. My mom was the same way about sweets. We had something called "Sweet of the Week" and that was that. By the time I could exercise the free will to actually try a Hostess Snowball, they'd vanished from the grocery store shelves. Well, your version looks much, much better anyway. Yummmm.....

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  3. I grew up in a family that had dessert for every meal. We ate pie for breakfast and so many, many treats throughout the day. It is no wonder I am a complete carb-holic.

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  4. These look absolutely divine! They look so good... I can almost taste them. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Oh my! These look heavenly!!!

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  6. yum! like hostess sno balls! love em!!!

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  7. wow! nice! Those snowball things were what we left for Santa instead of cookies and milk. My mom's favorite... how did we not KNOW? lol
    gail
    ps I've never eaten one either

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  8. how cute! These look wonderful!

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