Tuesday, December 16, 2008

pink party : the recipes.



As Alice talked about here, a few nights ago we threw a holiday party as a chance to meet up with local bloggers and artists. The soiree was at my house and the theme was pink, inspired both by my pink Christmas tree and the amazing monochromatic styling of Amy Atlas.

When it came to putting together a menu, it really wasn't hard for me to come up with a number of pink confections that would work nicely for a holiday party. Pink is always a color that can be thrown into a dessert to make it turn out a bit lovelier. And so, the sweets menu turned out to be this: pre-packaged pink candies (strawberry malted milk balls and Japanese hard candy), strawberry cupcakes with strawberry frosting, vegan chocolate mint cupcakes with mint frosting (pink sprinkles, of course), pink & white vanilla cake balls, peppermint bark, strawberry striped wafer sticks, shortbread hearts (made vegan), and pink lemonade. Enough to appease your sweet tooth? I think so.

Instead of typing down every recipe of the day, I thought I would just include my three favorites: the peppermint bark, the shortbread hearts, and the cake balls (which seemed to be the biggest hit of them all.)

P.S: I am already daydreaming of the next monochrome event to throw. Perhaps an all-red Valentine's Day?



Peppermint Bark:

Ingredients:

1 bag of white chocolate chips (milk or dark can also be used instead)
6 peppermint candy canes
a few drops of pink or red (use less) food coloring, optional

Directions:

Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper.

Melt white chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds or so. Add in optional food coloring. Place candy canes in a zipped plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin into very small pieces. Stir into melted chocolate.

Spread mixture out on waxed paper to desired thickness. Place in the refrigerator until completely solid, then break into pieces. Store in airtight container at room temperature.



Shortbread Hearts: recipe altered from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Ingredients:

3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter or vegan margarine at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
sugar or sugar sprinkles for tops

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In the bowl of an electric mixer or with a handheld mixer, cream together the butter or margarine and sugar until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt; then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and roll shape into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough 1/2-inch thick and cut with a 3-inch heart-shaped cutter. Place the hearts on an ungreased sheet pan and sprinkle with sugar or sprinkles. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Note: I halved the recipe and it still made quite a bit.









Cake Balls: idea originally seen on Bakerella

Ingredients:

1 homemade 9 x 13" vanilla cake, made from a box or from scratch (I used a recipe by Amy Sedaris and added pink food coloring to the batter)
1 can or homemade batch of vanilla or cream cheese frosting
2 bags of chocolate chips, white or dark

Directions:

After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble it with your fingers in a large bowl. Stir in frosting with a heavy wooden spoon. Roll mixture into small bite-sized balls. Chill for several hours in the fridge or about an hour in the freezer.

Melt chocolate in a double boiler, stirring constantly. Roll balls in chocolate and lay on wax paper until firm. (Use a spoon to dip and roll in chocolate and then tap off extra.)

24 comments:

shari said...

a beautiful spread.

LollyChops said...

I have so wanted to make those cake pops. I love your pics (with the cake and frosting in the bowl). I think that part scares me the worst. I am going to try to make these over the holiday. Thanks for sharing so many great recipes. I just found your site and will be adding you to my blog roll!

Breezy said...

that sounds like such a fun party! i'm really glad you have a pink tree, too - i get so much flak for mine, but i love it!

laura said...

what a dreamy party! pink christmas, so perfect.

Heather said...

ah! pink is just my favorite color. i love everything you made here... maybe the cake balls the most. what a great party! the pictures are adorable!

Lynna said...

How did they cake balls end up tasting?

The idea sounds really appealing but like "LollyChops" I was a little bit scared when I read how to make it. Was it worth it?

A. said...

Your blog is so beautiful! Thank you for all the wonderful recipes, photos, and stories!

Melissa said...

Everything looks so pretty, especially the cake balls.

kickpleat said...

yay, cake balls! sounds amazing and i pretty much love anything pink.

tofufreak said...

that's awesome!! :D

i have a friend who totally loves pink and cake bites!!! she would so love this type of party. good work! :)

becka said...

Oh wow, these all look amazing! I particularly want to try the cake balls! I think I'll have to throw a party for that reason alone..

meet me at mikes - crafty! said...

Oh gosh! Everything looked so pretty! Super loveliness!

Urban Explorette said...

Those cake balls are adorable. I might just have to have a pink party for the next "girl's night" that I host at my apartment!

melissa f. said...

oh my lord, i'm so sad i missed this.

Joslyn said...

oh this looks like perfection! i bet you guys had a swell time.

msfiend said...

oh! pink! I love it.

Cat said...

I love your blog!! The pink party looks so cool, I want to throw one just for the heck of it. Awesome header pic as well...
Have a great holiday season.

Helen said...

oh a pink party with pink food sounds fabulous! did everyone wear pink too? you could have a green party for st. patrick's day too hehe.

joanita said...

these will be perfect for an upcoming valentine experience!!

Cate said...

I'm doing a pink/monkey theme for my daughter's first birthday next month - thanks for sharing so many fabulous ideas!

slvrraven said...

i'm curious about the cake balls- since so many people are adamant about using confect. coating/dipping chocolate-

you used regular chocolate right?
and it came out just fine?

Emma Nicole said...

hiiii! do you have a recipe for your pink lemonade?
mc x

Alicia Carrier said...

yes emma, i do- buy a can of frozen pink lemonade, and add water. :)

Alyssa said...

Hi Alicia! I love your blog. It was actually part of the inspiration for mine: worldsavour.blogspot.com I tried these cake ball things and they came out sooo good. Thanks for all of your recipes and inspiration.