Against all odds (some odds? a few odds? ok it was really pretty easy) I made it to the ripe old age of thirty. Where, I am told, I am either dirty or flirty. Hmm. You decide.
Either way, it's time to party! And nothing says celebration like having something delicious explode in your mouth! Um. I seem to have developed a touch of the Tobias. Perhaps I should rephrase.
Since I'm not the biggest chocolate fan (boo me at your peril) I decided to head back to my roots and use fabulous red velvet cake as the vehicle to convey my tiny poppy friends. That was the easy part. I used this recipe which is quite nice. I added an additional 1/3 cup of canola oil because the fat content seemed a bit low. I also didn't have cake flour so I used the old cornstarch trick. Perfect.
The cream cheese frosting in this recipe is good too. I did use a half stick less butter and almost a cup less powdered sugar. I substituted the juice of half a lemon for the citric acid. See if you can not eat it by the spoonful, I dare you. It's too late for me- save yourselves!
The difficulty came with figuring out how to get maximum Pop Rocks effect. See, the little carbonated candies are extremely hydrophobic. Get them near moisture and they go flatter than Ashley Simpson. What? Her voice. Sheesh.
A lot of cup cakes recipes just call for pouring a bunch of Pop Rocks on top at the last minute. Bogus. Seriously. That's no way to turn thirty. I decided that they must be filled. Unfortunately, Heston's Pop Rocks base is hard, like a chocolate bar. I wanted a soft, gooey, extra snappy filling.
After a bit of research and tinkering, I came up with a brilliant alternative. Here's the recipe:
1 jar (16oz.) cashew butter
1.5 sticks unsalted butter (room temp.)
1.5 cups powdered sugar (well sifted)
5 oz. milk chocolate, melted
11 oz. Pop Rocks (about 33 packs)
Plus several more packs for garnish
Cream together the first 3 ingredients until light and fluffy.
Fold in melted chocolate and salt.
Fold in Pop Rocks.
This yields enough to fill a double batch of the cake recipe.
The nut butter coats the candy and keeps them super poppy for a least a couple of days.
Once I had the finished product, I poured it into a pastry bag and used this excellent method for filling the little cakes from Baking Bites.
Then just frost, and top with extra Pop Rocks right before you unveil them to the salivating hordes.
So freaking awesome!
I didn't try them with Coke but I did have them with lots of Topochico and lived to tell the tale.