Wednesday, February 1, 2012


I have made a New Years resolution (a February resolution more like- better late than never...) to start doing blog posts at least weekly about my baking and cooking adventures. I also wanted to have a blog that was more relevant to what I'm doing and captured the everyday moments of my life in New Zealand and the start of my career endeavors. My last blog was about me cooking without a kitchen as I was baking inside of a shoebox (/ - long enough for you?). I have now moved into a much better apartment with a great kitchen (in New Zealand standards), and I have gotten many requests for my baking since I started the last blog. I thought it would be appropriate to start a new blog with a new title, and since my little "at home business" has been called Carla's Confections, I figured it would be the perfect title of the new blog.

To kick start the new blog, I am going to show off some goodies that I baked for a friend's birthday. We have met so many people living here in Auckland, and it is always surprising to us when we happen to meet other Americans, and more than that, other Americans from the general area we are from. We met Eric and Nicole a few months ago. Eric also works at Oktobor with Matt, but started not too long ago, so it took a while for us to all meet. When Nicole asked if I would make some treats for Eric's birthday, I knew I wanted to make some cake balls, because, well, they are just amazing. She gave me the list of ingredients that he loves in his sweets, and told me the more the merrier. After telling Matt about it, and telling him I wanted to make cake balls, he told me that I should write "Cal" on them, because not only are they from the west coast of the states, Eric and Nicole both graduated from UC Berkeley, and Eric played rugby there. This may not seem significant, but Matty and I love the Bay Area, and at one point, I thought about trying to transfer to Berkeley to finish my undergraduate while Matty was living in Emeryville. Sorry, getting off topic.

I wanted to make some vanilla cake balls with a salted caramel frosting inside, and vanilla flavored candy melts covering them. Matt is the genius, as I said, that came up with the idea to write "Cal" on them in blue and yellow, and I couldn't deny the adorable-ness of that. Yes that is a word. I think it should be anyway.

Ok, one more quick side note. If you have never heard of cake balls or cake pops, raise your hand. Now, go here to find out all about them. This is the woman who invented them, and the world is a better place since she did. Thank you.

So here are some amazing pictures of the Cal cake balls that I did. I can call these pictures amazing, because I am not tooting my own horn when I do. This is a good place to mention one more thing about the couple I made these for. Nicole is a photographer, who specializes in photographing love, as in weddings, engagements, and the sort, but kindly agreed to take pictures of the treats. So yes, the photos are great. At the bottom of this post, I will link you to her website and some information about her.

As I mentioned, the cake balls were made with vanilla bean cake and salted caramel frosting. Unfortunately the salted caramel frosting didn't come through as well as I hoped, because, man, I did a good job making the caramel. Salted caramel can be pretty difficult to make, as it is all too easy to burn the caramel. I was very impressed when I didn't burn it, and it tasted really great. So naturally, I was sad when the flavor didn't show through all the vanilla. The cake balls were yummy nonetheless.

I used Wilton white vanilla candy melts to cover them, and writing icing for the words. I placed them in the fridge for a few hours to harden before we tucked into them.

Just looking at the inside makes me want some more!
Chomp chomp!

The Vanilla Bean Cake recipe I used for this cake is here, but this is not the salted caramel frosting I used. That one is from this Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Layer Cake, which is another amazing cake. I made one for my sweet husbands birthday last year, and yum, is all I have to say about it.  But don't make the frosting and mix with vanilla cake balls, because it just won't show through, and it's not worth all the hard work.

I mentioned before that Nicole stated "The more the merrier" when asking for goodies, so I couldn't just stop at the cake balls.

These Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Swirl Fudgy Cookies may not be as fancy as the cake balls, but they satisfy your taste buds just as much as the cake will. I have made these cookies many times before, and they have always been a huge hit.
And its true that they are swirly and beautiful. I love the look of that peanut butter perfectly swirled in and different on every cookie. Go get the recipe and try these soon.
Aren't they gorgeous? These have an amazing mixture of cocoa, dark chocolate chunks, peanut butter, and the usual suspects for cookies. Please make them soon as well as the cake balls. Cake balls can be made into many different shapes and sizes, and are great for many occasions. Make them soon. Do it! Thank you.

As promised, here is the additional information for Nicole Mehta. She is a wedding photographer who travels frequently between New Zealand and the states, so if you are looking for a photographer in either place, check her out. I am sure she would be interested.

This is her website:

Here is her facebook page. Contact her. She is great.

Thanks for checking out the new blog, and stay on top of me if I am not doing regular posts. I already have a lineup for a few more, so check back soon. You can also subscribe by email, so the new post will just pop up in your inbox when it's done. Also check out the little voting pole at the bottom of the blog. Ok, enough promoting my blog. Thank you and goodbye for now.

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1 comment :

  1. Love the new blog. The pictures are great too. Can't wait to make some of those yummy cookies.


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