This Throwback Thursday is all about the Gatsby-themed party that my friend Maddie had for her birthday. It was the cutest party ever!
Maddie pulled out all of the stops for her party: a full bar, a photographer, sparkly everything, and, of course, everyone had to dress in costume!
I made three medium-sized cakes for her birthday; her only request was that they be gold!
There were a few cake catastrophes along the way, but we made it!
Along with the cakes, I made some Old Fashioned cake pops. These are boozy, fun, and fit in with the theme perfectly!
1 1/2 c. organic white flour
1 tsp. baking powder, aluminum-free
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 c. coconut oil, softened
1/2 c. organic cane sugar
2 T. flaxseed, ground
6 T. water
1/4 c. bourbon
zest of one orange
1/4 c. cherry puree, about 8 cherries with a splash of water
2-3 drops of anise extract, or a small pinch of powdered fennel
If you have a handy-dandy cake pop maker, like me, plug that bad boy in. If you are using cake pop pans in your oven, please follow the manufacturers instructions for baking. (I imagine that you would preheat your oven to 350 and then bake them for 8-10 minutes?)
Mix flaxseed and 6 T. of water in a small cup. Let it rest for 10 minutes so it becomes thicker.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream the sugar, coconut oil, bourbon, cherry puree, anise, and zest. Add flaxseed mixture as well. After, slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl.
Spray your cake pop mold with olive oil or coconut oil. Using a tablespoon, drop a spoonful of batter into the cake pop mold; repeat until mold is filled. Close the iron (or pan). Bake for 2-3 minutes, until a toothpick is inserted and it comes out clean. (It will be different if you are baking them in the oven.) I also recommend testing this a few times on one or two pops until you get the hang of it!
Place on a cooling rack and let them cool completely.
For the chocolate coating:
You can choose which way you’d like to melt the chocolate and oil: you can combine them both in a microwave-safe container or you can create a double-boiler and melt them over the stove (which is what I did).
If you’re using the microwave method, cook the mixture for 30 seconds, stir, and then repeat until the ingredients are completely melted. If you’re double-boiling, place a cup of water in the bottom of a saucepan and place a Pyrex bowl inside the pan – make sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water. Turn the heat on medium and wait for the ingredients to melt.
You can present these pops in several different ways. You could have a dipping station if you’re having a party or you can dip them ahead of time and put them in the fridge for the chocolate to harden. I spruced mine up with some dried orange peel :-)
Cheers, Old Sport!