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I made these chocolate-covered-lemon-cake cake pops for M’s Tea @ The Patio little party and for Yaya’s gathering at Ritz on Saturday.  I forgot about the styrofoam block for cake pop drying, hence all the cake pops were inverted.  But I think they still looked pretty.  Heehee.

I didn’t use a cake mix for my cake pops.  Instead, I made a lemon cake using the Lemon Drenched Lemon Cake recipe from Joy the Baker’s blog, adapted from Dorie Greenspan.

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It smelled so good while it was baking!   I’m a little sad I didn’t bake another loaf just to eat it as it is, cos it was SO good.  The lemon syrup drenching part of the recipe really brought it to another level.  Will and must try it again.

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So here it is all crumbled. I cut away most of the browned sides so the cake pops would look more… yellow. =P

I made a lemon cream cheese frosting and when they were all nicely rolled up into cake balls, they look like this:

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Then, covered with Valrhona’s 66% cocoa Feve Pur Caraibe chocolate:

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The tartness of the lemon cake was perfect complement to the dark chocolate’s bitter-sweetness.  BIG yums.

Eve helped me with cake pop decoration for the completed fun dessert you see in the first picture.  We used Wilton’s pink candy melts.

Check out Bakerella for more Cake Pop and Cupcake Pop ideas!  She’s got really cool Easter-themed ones up now.  Have fun!

And here’s Joy the Baker‘s recipe for the gorgeous lemon cake:

Lemon Drenched Lemon Cakes

For the Cakes:
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

pinch of salt

2 1/3 cups sugar

1/2 plump, moist vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped out and reserved, or 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

6 large eggs, preferably at room temperature

2/3 cups heavy cream

zest of two lemons, finely grated

1 stick, plus 7 Tablespoons (15 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

For the syrup:
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup sugar

juice of two lemons

Making the cakes:
Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 8 1/2-4 1/2-inch loaf pans, dust the insides with flour and tap out the excess. Even if the pans are nonstick, it’s a good idea to butter and flour them. Place the pans on an insulated baking sheet or on two regular sheets stacked one on top of the other.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Put the sugar and the lemon zest in a large bowl, working with your fingers, rub them together until the sugar is moist and thoroughly imbued with the fragrance of lemon. Add the vanilla bean seeds and work them into the sugar. If you are using vanilla extract, add it later, after you have added the eggs.

Add the eggs and whisk them into the sugar, beating until they are thoroughly incorporated. Whisk in the extract (if using), then whisk in the cream. Continuing with the whisk, or switching to a large rubber spatula, gently stir in the dry ingredients in 3 or 4 additions; the batter will be smooth and thick. Finish by folding in the melted butter in 2 or 3 additions. Pour the batter into the pans, smoothing with a rubber spatula.
Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.

As soon as the cake goes into the oven, make the syrup.
After about 30 minutes in the oven, check the cakes for color- if they are browning too quickly, cover them lightly with foil tents.

Making the syrup: Stir the water and sugar together in a medium saucepan over medium heat until the sugar melts, then bring to a boil. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the lemon juice. Pour the syrup into a heatproof bowl and let cool.

When the cakes test done, transfer them to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes before unmolding them and turning them right side up on the rack. Place the rack over a baking sheet lined with wax paper and, using a thin skewer, cake tester or thin-bladed sharp knife, poke holes all over the cakes. Brush the cakes all over with the syrup, working slowly so that the cakes sop it up. Leave the cakes on the rack to cool to room temperature.

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Rachel came over today and did me a HUGE favor.  She’s now the cover girl of my Etsy shop! Heehee… Thank you, BFF!

Here are some of the photos she posed for me.  For all pictures and new items (*YAY!*) on Etsy, please take a look here: cookiefleur.etsy.com =)

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I’m so excited about M’s Tea @ the Patio party!

When she mentioned it to me a few weeks ago, we immediately started discussing what we can make for the party!  My attempt at Jelly Hearts failed over the weekend, but I know I’ve got the recipe right, so even if there isn’t Jelly Hearts (although I will definitely try again), we  WILL  have strawberry cheesecake on the menu. =D 

And, I’ve always wanted to try Bakerella‘s cake pops.  For the uninitiated, this is cake pops:

Cake Pops: cake on a stick - just like a lollipop!

Cake Pops: cake on a stick - just like a lollipop!

The coating is candy melt, but I think it will be really sweet, so I intend to make a lemon flavored cake covered with dark chocolate, THEN only drizzle pink and purple (that’s the color theme!) candy melt over the dark chocolate.  I hope it’ll work out.  Hahaha!

Check out the really awesome variations on cake pops Bakerella made:

Smiley Face Cake Pops

Smiley Face Cake Pops

Cupcake Pops

Cupcake Pops

Jack O Lantern Pops for Halloween!

Jack O Lantern Pops for Halloween!

 Hello Kitty Pops

Saving the best for last - Definitive Awsome-ness: Hello Kitty Cake Pops

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Protected: coughing weekend part two

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