Baby Blessing Dessert Bar ~ Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cake Pops, Decorated Flower Sugar Cookies and Vanilla Dipped Rice Krispies

A sweet little baby was blessed today and nothing goes better with sweet babies than sweet treats. Mama asked for a cute girly flare for the desserts with flowers and fun colors. We decided on Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cake Pops, Flower Sugar Cookies and Vanilla Dipped Rice Krispie Treats.
Everything went so well for the event. The luncheon was delicious and the desserts were delectible! They were a huge hit. The Red Velvet Cake Pops won the hearts (…er….stomachs) of this crowd.


Decorated Sugar Cookies take some time to make (along with patience and a steady hand) but they are sooo cute that it is completely worth it! You’ll find details on how to make them below!




The Red Velvet Cake Pops went fast! These are one of my most requested flavors…and for good reason! Recipe is below!



Vanilla Dipped Rice Krispie Treats… a dessert bar must! So simple and so good.
This cake wasn’t mine but I thought it was cute.
Red Velvet Cake Pops
This recipe is many people’s favorite red velvet cake recipe. It is so delicious and moist and the cream cheese frosting is just a perfect contrast. Try it out. You won’t be disappointed.
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Red Velvet Cake
  1. 10 oz cake flour
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  5. 2 oz. red no-taste food coloring
  6. ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  7. 1 ½ cups sugar
  8. 2 eggs, room temperature
  9. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  10. 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  11. 1 tsp vinegar
  12. 1 tsp baking soda
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. 16 oz Cream Cheese, softened
  2. ½ cup (one stick) unsalted butter, softened
  3. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  4. 4 cups powdered sugar
  5. pinch of fine salt
Cake Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 9 x 13 pan (or other pan) with Pam or the like1.
  2. Mix together cake flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until just light and fluffy. Do not overbeat. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and then add the vanilla and food coloring. Add one third of the flour mixture to the bowl and mix on low until well blended, then add half the buttermilk. Add another third of the flour and then the rest of the buttermilk finishing off with the last of the flour, mixing well after each addition until just incorporated. Scrape down the bowl as needed.
  4. In a small cup, mix together the vinegar and baking soda and watch your science experiment fizz. Pour this into the bowl and give it one last mixing for good measure. Batter should be pretty thick.
  5. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for approx 30 minutes for a 9 x 13 glass pan. Once cake passes the toothpick or spring test it is done!
  6. Allow to cool completely. You can speed it up by dumping the cake into a big bowl.
  7. I listed my recipe for cream cheese frosting (above) if you want to make cupcakes or cake but I actually use storebought Pillsbury (or Duncan Hines) cream cheese frosting (NOT whipped) when I am making cake pops because it is wonderfully sticky and works better than homemade!
  8. Follow the directions I have previously described to make cake pops using any color of vanilla or chocolate wafer you please!
Frosting Directions
  1. In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, blend the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add about half of the powdered sugar and mix on low to medium (just so it doesn’t turn into a snow storm in your kitchen). Add the salt and vanilla and mix well. Gradually add more powdered sugar until you reach the desired sweetness/flavor of your frosting. Add less if you don’t like it too sweet or if you just like to taste that cream cheese tang! You may also add more sugar if you like your frostings on the sweet side but the more you add, the less you will taste the cream cheese. Beat on medium for another 2 or 3 minutes. This helps make the frosting a little bit lighter (not a ton though) as well as decrease the sweetness by a touch.
  2. Use immediately or refrigerate. If refrigerating, allow frosting to come to room temperature and then rewhip in a mixer.
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Decorated Flower Sugar Cookies
Yields 24
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  1. 1 1/3 cups shortening
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 2 1/2 Tbsp milk
  4. 2 1/2 tsp vanilla
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 18 oz flour
  7. 3 tsp baking powder
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the shortening and sugar until well blended then add the milk, vanilla,
  2. eggs and blend again. Add the rest of the dry ingredients until a soft dough forms. Refrigerate for a couple of hours if able (at least 1 hr) or preferably overnight. Spread flour over a clean surface and flour a rolling pin. I actually like to use part flour and part powdered sugar so the cookies taste sweet rather than floury. Roll out the dough to about 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick. Flour a cookie cutter. Press down firmly and wiggle to loosen from the counter. The key to getting pretty shapes that aren't deformed after you transfer them to the cookie sheet is to make sure your counter is heavily floured and nonstick. You can use parchment paper if you want but I find it difficult to roll on without everything moving everywhere. Place the dough shape onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 7-9 minutes depending on size and thickness of cookie. Do not wait for the cookie to brown. If your cookie is starting to brown take it out! These cookies can be frozen in airtight containers for a few months.
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Royal Icing by Sweet Dani B
Yields 2
Not my recipe but you have to have it! Look her up on google. She is awesome.
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  1. 1/4 cup meringue powder
  2. 1/2 cup cold water (plus more if needed)
  3. 1 lb powdered sugar
  4. squeeze bottles
  5. food coloring gel (water-based)
  1. Using the thick whisks on a handmixer, beat together the meringue powder and water until you see good trails where the whisk has been. Slowly beat in the sugar until well blended and you see trails again. If the mixture is too thick add water until it is smooth and the trails created with the whisk melt together after a little shake. (This takes some practice to get the right consistency) Split into different bowls and color as needed for design. Pour into squeeze bottles. I have found that the ones specifically for dessert decorating work the best (the hole is just the right size).
  2. For writing, add more powdered sugar until the correct consistency is achieved (so it doesn't run) and use a small writing tip.
  3. To decorate your cookies you might want to practice on a plate first to feel how much pressure you need to exert to get a nice consistent line of icing.
  4. Start by creating the border to the design on your cookie. Go as far to the edge of the cookie as you can without it going down the side. This makes for really pretty cookies. Once you start your line lift up the tip of the bottle about 1 to 1.5 inches off the cookie and guide your line with smooth movements. Raising the tip off of the cookie this much will give you smooth lines rather than jagged ones! Try both and you will see the difference! When you are coming back around to where you started let off the pressure and bring the tip down to the cookie again and connect the lines. Now start filling inside the border with the icing starting on one side and moving to the other end slowly. Squeeze a little bit out and then use the tip to blend it with the border. Continue pressing a little icing out and then blending it with the icing that is already on the cookie. It is pretty easy. Once you have covered the whole cookie, pick it up and give it a little shake to even and settle the icing. This step really helps. Let this dry (at least 3-5 hours which really depends on your humidity and environmental factors. We are pretty arid here in Utah and I have to let it dry at least 3 hrs) and then you can continue decorating with other details such as pretty borders. I just outlined the cookies (or the pedals for the tulips) with the same color icing and then poured sanding sugar on it and dusted off the extra sugar with a soft small paintbrush. (NOTE: Your first layer of icing MUST be dry or else the sugar crystals will stick to the entire cookie wherever there is wet or even tacky icing).
  5. To add the pearls I just used some tweezers and dipped a pearl in some icing and then placed it on the cookie.
  6. Storage: If you are going to use these the next day then don't even worry about covering but if you want you can put them in an airtight container in a cool place to keep them longer. They will last about 3-5 days I would say.
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