Daring Baker #5 Cheesecake on a Stick

>> Sunday, April 27, 2008

This month's challenge is brought to you by Elle, Deborah and the letter P. P as in precious. As in just too, too precious. Oh and T, for tedious. Seriously. Now you guys know I dig cute food, but this was a bit much, even for me. Of course prior to actually making these things this would have been brought to you by the letters E and C. As in exciting and clever. But that was then.

They are kinda cute though aren't they? I had to decorate them with some buttercream. There was NO butter in this recipe! I know, I know!

This is what happened when I got bored with the buttercream. And when one fell off the stick. And into my mouth.

Did I mention how many of these things there were? We were supposed to make 2 ounce sized pops. I'm not sure if that's weight ounces or volume ounces but either way my big scoop made them way too freakin' big. They just popped right off the sticks. So these are a little smaller, about golf ball sized. And there are lots of them. Lots and lots and lots. And another full pan still in the fridge. Though as the boy reminded me, "having lots of cheesecake isn't really a bad thing". Smart boy that one. Taught him everything he knows.

Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad recipe. I'm just not sure that taking a perfectly good cheese cake and mushing it into balls and impaling it on a stick and them covering it in chocolate really adds anything to the whole cheesecake eating experience. You have a cheesecake, you have a spoon. End of story, right?

I haven't looked at any of the other DB's creations, but past experience tells me there will be some mighty fine lookin' cheesecake pops out there. Check them out here at the Daring Bakers Blogroll.


maybelles mom April 27, 2008 at 5:41 PM  

I love the flower ones--very festive.

Marie April 27, 2008 at 6:16 PM  

Your pops are too cute. I love the buttercream decorations. YUM!

Katie B. April 27, 2008 at 6:25 PM  

Get outta town! Your pops are too adorable for words!

Joey Biscotti April 27, 2008 at 6:38 PM  

don't leave town until i get me some of those!!! They're great!!!

Brilynn April 27, 2008 at 7:24 PM  

Love your vase of pops, very fun!

And I agree, the whole act of putting them on sticks was tedious and in the end it was just cheesecake, but look at how fun they are! It's really all about the presentation this month.

How To Eat A Cupcake April 27, 2008 at 7:27 PM  

Mine were about golf ball sized too. I got exactly 50. That freaked me out!

Half Baked April 27, 2008 at 7:29 PM  

OMG I love the little flowers so cute!! I'm with you however all I need for good cheesecake is a spoon!

Cakelaw April 27, 2008 at 7:32 PM  

I adore the ones with flowers piped on top - they are just gorgeous! (Though the chocolate drizzle ones are pretty good too.)

maybahay April 27, 2008 at 7:45 PM  

wow, so pretty. they are too pretty to eat!

Jenn April 27, 2008 at 7:45 PM  

Those are adorable. And that first picture is just awesome!

Lindsay April 27, 2008 at 8:44 PM  

Mmmmmm...buttercream. Now there's an idea!

Mother Bliss April 27, 2008 at 8:57 PM  

Wow! Talk about gettin' creative! Awesome job!

Melanie April 27, 2008 at 8:58 PM  

I agree with everyone - the buttercream flowers were stunning! So cute...and worth it for the yummy and impressive treat, don't you think?

Anonymous April 27, 2008 at 9:32 PM  

i completely agree with you! Yeah they're yummy but I didn't think it added anything to the cheesecake experience. In fact, I like my cheesecake better with more graham cracker and less chocolate. Yours look really beautiful with the flowers.

Proud Italian Cook April 27, 2008 at 10:00 PM  

Very cute!! Love the "flowers" in the vase. Perfect photo!

Molly Loves Paris April 27, 2008 at 10:38 PM  

Your little pops are precious. Congratulations on making it through the entire batch. I got seven made and that was enough for me.

Passionate baker...& beyond April 27, 2008 at 10:39 PM  

How absolutely adoreable to ice flowers onto pops!! Very nice & very different...that must have been a lot of extra! Good job!! (Yes, I'm glad too the ladybird didnt land up on mine as embellishment!! Phew!!) Cheers!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums April 27, 2008 at 11:39 PM  

Oh, how pretty! Your pops look gorgeous! Wonderful!



my food affair April 28, 2008 at 1:37 AM  

I think i agree with you. We don't need the fuss with the decorations and the toppings, all we need is a spoon!! heehee =P -kk..beautiful flowers!!

Phoebe Ann April 28, 2008 at 1:42 AM  

One of the prettiest vases I've ever seen :)

Y April 28, 2008 at 2:07 AM  

Very original touch with the buttercream decor. A big bunch of those flowers would certainly make a really good gift for a cheesecake lover :)

bonnie April 28, 2008 at 5:24 AM  

awesome pops~

Rosie April 28, 2008 at 5:32 AM  

Oh my those are SO cute - well done :)

Rosie x

Anonymous April 28, 2008 at 5:39 AM  

LOL, yes, perhaps the "piercing" was a bit over the top but as they say, "life imitates art" or in this case vice versa. Speaking of art, that first photo, of the 3 pops in a vase is really gorgeous. Great work!!

Jen April 28, 2008 at 6:01 AM  

Too too cute! :)

Megan April 28, 2008 at 6:34 AM  

Very cute idea! I still have half a cheesecake in the refer. I'll be dipping more tonight and giving them away. I've made alot, I mean alot of people happy!

Jerry April 28, 2008 at 6:38 AM  

Great idea! They look very cute!

Anonymous April 28, 2008 at 6:45 AM  

oh your flowers are just so sweet!

Candace April 28, 2008 at 6:48 AM  

The flowers are adorable! Love them!

natesgirl April 28, 2008 at 7:40 AM  


kimberleyblue April 28, 2008 at 8:39 AM  

The little daisies certainly are cute!

I agree that they are perhaps a bit too cutesy, but I also have to say that I am enjoying having a nice supply of pops to snack on.

Liz April 28, 2008 at 9:27 AM  

I love your idea of the buttercream frosting! I am giving my daughter-in-law a baby shower this summer and will use your idea for the pops using white chocolate. Thanks!

Jenny April 28, 2008 at 9:52 AM  

Do you have an extra spoon? Cause as cute as these were (and tasty), I'm with you, lets just dig in and enjoy!

Christina April 28, 2008 at 10:31 AM  

I love the piping detail!

Heh, yeah, that's why I cut the recipe in half. I'd probably have gone a bit insane if I had do decorate an entire batch!

Deborah April 28, 2008 at 10:46 AM  

It was a bit labor intensive, so I think I'd reserve it for a special party or occasion. But they are just so cute! The flower ones are sooo cute!

Jacquie April 28, 2008 at 10:56 AM  

The flower ones really are adorable. Are they in a vase in that first picture? It sort of looks like a 3 headed mushroom with flowers on the caps...very cute though!! So a weird mutated fungus but in a good way... :)

I agree with your assessment of th project 100%.

tricia April 28, 2008 at 11:09 AM  

they are all beautiful and i esp love the brown on white/white on brown ones. great job!

marias23 April 28, 2008 at 11:19 AM  

Ooo, how cute! :D

Fin April 28, 2008 at 11:26 AM  

absolutely - expected it to come out like ice cream - smooth and creamy and did I mention I expected it to be smooth? I was flabberghasted - - and while it said NOWHERE in the directions to roll it it my hands I just KNEW I had to if I wanted them to be cute. cute with a C. YOURS are A for Adorable...

I cheated with a few of them and didn't chocolate them (I don't care for it) and just rolled them in crushed graham crackers... YUM.
don't tell anyone though!

Pamela April 28, 2008 at 11:29 AM  

OMG love the flowers, I know I had a hard time using a perfectly good cheesecake this way, but gotta love food on a stick!

Yvo April 28, 2008 at 12:01 PM  

DANGGG.......... I don't even like cheesecake... and yummy!

Kristen April 28, 2008 at 12:19 PM  

Gorgeous pops! I love the buttercream flowers on top!

Erin April 28, 2008 at 12:31 PM  

haha! You're hilarious about the 'cheesecake, spoon, end of story' part! :) Your pops turned out great - so cute!

Jess April 28, 2008 at 3:09 PM  

They look gorgeous! Great idea using butter cream to decorate!

Tempered Woman April 28, 2008 at 4:26 PM  

oh my gosh~ you are just way too freaking funny. I can't believe you said it out loud... you questioned a recipe's merits. Beware the Daring Baker backlash, heh. I have to say tho, the buttercream flowers would have made a great kid's birthday treat. I know my monkey would have totally digged that.

Jade Is Green! April 28, 2008 at 5:48 PM  

I love the little ones with the buttercream flowers on top. So cute! I think I need to take myself to the next level with the next challenge and make whatever we are baking more visually appealing.

Anonymous April 28, 2008 at 6:16 PM  

I really like your blog, and those cheesecake pops are adorable.

HoneyB April 28, 2008 at 6:25 PM  

So pretty!

April April 28, 2008 at 6:40 PM  

I am loving the flowers!! They all look great though!

The Irreverent Cook April 28, 2008 at 6:52 PM  
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The Irreverent Cook April 28, 2008 at 6:56 PM  

hi! Love the decorations, truly inspired! I totally agree with you about the whole concept of this recipe being really weird! Why in the world would you want to squash up a perfectly baked cheesecake and squeeze them into balls? =P but it was really fun to have an excuse to mash them up anyways! Wouldn't dream of doing it otherwise, haha

Angela's Kitchen April 28, 2008 at 7:20 PM  

Thanks for stopping by... I cannot wait to check out your blog! I adore bento and cute food!

Your pops turned out so cute! Love the flowers. We made half batches and that was MUCH easier to manage. I am not sure what I would have done with more, ya know, besides eat them.

Nikki April 28, 2008 at 7:32 PM  

Your pops definitely deserve the P for precious!

Sunshinemom April 28, 2008 at 7:50 PM  

That is something I have not seen anywhere!! Very creative, very cute :)

Sara April 28, 2008 at 10:17 PM  

So pretty! I'm sure everyone else already said this, but the flower ones are so cute.

Barbara Bakes April 28, 2008 at 10:21 PM  

Your pops are really cute! I think you're right about them not needing the stick - how about bon bons?

Bakerette April 28, 2008 at 11:33 PM  

these are adorable :)

L Vanel April 29, 2008 at 12:27 AM  

Your piped flowers are a great way to decorate the pops! Great idea, and great job!

marye April 29, 2008 at 2:51 AM  

Piped flowers? Whoa!
They look great.

Christine April 29, 2008 at 4:23 AM  

I love your flowers they are so pretty! Like how you made the pops smaller! I wish we had done that but I would have kept popping them in my mouth! Great job.

KJ April 29, 2008 at 5:29 AM  

Such a great idea, piping little flowers onto the pops. They are so pretty.

pixie April 29, 2008 at 6:08 AM  

the pops with the flowers are cute! great idea!

BC April 29, 2008 at 6:26 AM  

The flowers are great. Hmmm, I don't know, chocolate covered cheesecake is definitely a winner in my books!

Barbara April 29, 2008 at 7:48 AM  

I love your flowery pops! And I can agree with you about taking a perfectly good cheesecake and mushing it into a ball. I think I will make the cheesecake again and leave it intact.

Allergy Mom April 29, 2008 at 8:12 AM  

These are beyond cute! I love the bouquet. Very exciting and clever, indeed. Libby

Simona April 29, 2008 at 9:00 AM  

Great job with your decoration!

Ruth Elkin April 29, 2008 at 9:38 AM  

What beautiful "flowers". Very creative!

moowiesqrd April 29, 2008 at 10:12 AM  

Yes, tedious is definitely a word I'd use to describe this. :) I still have 20 more pops in my freezer awaiting dipping, but I couldn't handle any more dipping. Yours are gorgeous and I think buttercream is a beautiful thing.

Michelle April 29, 2008 at 10:32 AM  

I love the flower ones and they look really yummy! Good idea about lying them down instead of sticking up...I didn't think of that.

Jenny April 29, 2008 at 1:26 PM  

The flowers are really cute. I agree, I'm not sure they needed to be made into pops, but I might make the cheesecake recipe again.

bethany April 29, 2008 at 2:35 PM  

oh, goodness. These are so yummy!! Thanks for your comment on my blog...I am new here and I love the encouragement!! Such a great group! I love it. I cannot wait to make myself some more of these, forget sharing!!!

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats April 29, 2008 at 5:38 PM  

The lovely flower cheesecake pops are the standard I would like to get to. They are beautiful. Yes, mine bombed, but I think I'll try again, with half the quantities. I am pretty sure the problem was one lurking non-fat cheesecake block amongst the five; it made it watery.

MyKitchenInHalfCups April 29, 2008 at 6:09 PM  

Wonderful flowers with the buttercream . . . and your dark and white chocolate are wow!
Dropped off the stick and fell in your mouth ummm interesting. I really liked these as just the right serving size.

Nini April 29, 2008 at 6:28 PM  

These ARE so cute :) You did a great job on making the pops. BTW I love the name of your blog.

mimi April 29, 2008 at 8:44 PM  

gorgeous little (or big) pops! love the buttercream flowers on top!

Pixie April 29, 2008 at 11:06 PM  

Lovely flowers on the pops; I agree about leaving a cheesecake as is, personally, I prefer it that way. Thankfully, I halved the recipe and still had plenty too!

Angela May 1, 2008 at 3:30 AM  

Love the buttercream flowers! Very cute pops, indeed :)

Amy May 2, 2008 at 12:01 PM  

The flower ones are super cute. :)

Susan May 4, 2008 at 12:33 PM  

Even though these were not your cup of tea (your slice of cheesecake?), you made them really cute. I've enjoyed seeing everyone's decorating ideas.

Dolores May 13, 2008 at 10:14 PM  

Precious and tedious... yeah, that about sums it up. Your floral take is also a for adorable.


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