Thursday, February 19, 2009
Spaghetti and meatballs...
Christopher had his eyes on these a month ago. This is what he wanted for his class party. It fits his personality -- ever the jokester! The idea came from the Hello Cupcake cookbook (bible!) and they could not have been easier to make! I used a boxed cake mix to make 21 cupcakes and 2 containers of white frosting with 2 drops (no more!) of yellow food coloring in frosting. I placed all the cupcakes on a platter so that they were touching and frosted them lightly. Then using a small pastry tip I attached it to a plastic bag (Ziploc) and squeezed the frosting out to have it resemble spaghetti! Oh what fun that was! Then I used a chocolate donut hole from a local bakery and cut each one in half. I rolled them in a mixture of strawberry and raspberry preserves (3/4 cup) and placed each "meatball" on top of the spaghetti. The grated Parmesan was created by taking a handful of white chocolate chips and placing them in the mini food processor until the result I wanted was achieved! I sprinkled the cheese on ever so gingerly! The original recipe calls for the Ferraro Rocher chocolates, but our school is a nut-free one, so I went with the donut holes -- I think I like my choice better. And Hello Cupcake suggested grating a block of white chocolate with a grater. I did not have a block of white chocolate and I did have the chips. I thought my idea achieved equally as good results.
1 box yellow or white cake mix -- follow directions on package as indicated
2 containers of white frosting
Yellow food coloring
About 1 dozen donut holes
raspberry/strawberry preserves, 3/4 cup
1 handful of white chocolate chips
pastry tip and Ziploc bag