Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Few Spring Desserts

I tried to make a variety of cute, festive, but relatively easy desserts to take to Easter dinner at the in-laws':

This one's a strawberry creme bar - it has layers of graham cracker crust, cream cheese, strawberry pudding, and Cool Whip. I honestly wasn't impressed with the taste, which is why I didn't post the recipe, but I loved the flowers made out of cut up strawberry marshmallows! I think other people liked the bars though, so maybe I'm just overly critical of my stuff. One of our friends looked at these just after I made them on Saturday and said I should open a bakery. I know my skill level is nowhere near that of other bloggers I see out there, much less professional bakers, but it was a nice compliment! (And to be fair, I got the recipe and flower idea from Kraft!)

I also made my first attempt at the infamous cake balls, with chocolate cake and buttercream frosting. I dipped them in melted baking chocolate and drizzled with some springy-colored white chocolate. They were good, but again being critical, I'm not sure they were worth the hype or work. Part of it was the texture - I didn't even mix in all the recommended frosting and they were still a bit too mushy for my taste. They seemed more like truffles than cake...in which case I'd rather have an actual truffle! They were pretty popular with the crowd though.

Ah, now this one is what I look forward to every year. Hershey's Easy Easter Pie is indeed easy, and if you like Hershey's Kisses and peanut butter cups, you'll pretty much love this. I tried it with a homemade graham cracker crust this year which makes it even better. Obviously I associate this pie with Easter, but with different decoration it could really be used for anything. Lent is over - go crazy! ;-)

3 comments:

Carisa said...

I made "cake balls" about a month ago, and I agree with you. They end up mushy and more like a truffle. I wasn't all that impressed with them either, but other people love them. Your desserts look delish though.

Cara said...

They all look so cute! That last one sounds amazing.

Molly said...

Thanks ladies! I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't see what the big deal is about cake balls. :-P