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angry birds cake balls

December 7, 2010

*SQUAWK!*

*grunt grunt grunt hurhurhur grunt*

“DAMMIT!”

Sounds that reverberate around lounge rooms, bedrooms and through the earplugs attached to countless iPhones, androids and smartphones throughout the world.

The cause? Angry Birds.

The game itself is based on a fairly simple premise. A gang of birds are obsessed with protecting the eggs in their nest. Green pigs, dreaming of an ironically pictured breakfast of fried eggs and bacon spot the birds’ egg and steal it for a fry up.

The birds get angry and, as revenge, hurtle themselves at the snorting green pigs, who in turn have built forts of varying strengths. Kill all the pigs with your allocated birds and you get to go to the next level.

I’d been itching to try my hand at making some cake balls (like cake pops, but without the pops), but had struggled to come up with a decorating theme for them.

Until, that is, I caught wind that this coming Saturday had been dubbed International Angry Birds Day, and that fans of the game all around America were planning on gathering for reasons unknown.

I called the VTB that evening.

“So, err, I have a favour to ask of you…” said I.

“What kind of favour?” said he, somewhat suspiciously.

“Well-it’s-International-Angry-Birds-Day-and-I-want-to-make-Angry-Birds-but-I-don’t-have-a-kitchen-and-maybe-possibly-could-I-use-yours?” said I, tripping over my words in excitement.

“You want to what?!” said he. “Yeah!”

So it was settled.  And five or so icing sugar covered, food dye stained hours later, I had twelve birds, six pigs and a camera ready for some virtual cake-fuelled games.

Hurrah!

In case you want to try your hand at making your own Angry Birds themed cake balls, I’ve set out a recipe for cake balls & some basic instructions below. Hope you like them!

*oink oink*



angry birds cake balls
Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 1 butter cake packet mix (+ ingredients required per the pack)
  • 500g cream cheese
  • 50ml milk
  • 1 bag white chocolate melts

Instructions

1. Mix and bake the cake mix according to the instructions on the packet. Let the cake cool entirely.

2. Cut the cake into cubes and put it through the food processor until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Tip the cake crumbs into a bowl.

3. Add the cream cheese to the bowl of the food processor and add the milk. Process until the cream cheese and milk are smooth and light.

4. Fold the cream cheese mix through the cake crumbs until they are thoroughly incorporated. Use your hands to form the shapes of the figures you want to make and put them in the freezer to freeze overnight.

5. The next day, melt the chocolate melts over a double boiler or in the microwave.  Roll each of the moulded figures in the white chocolate to coat and let them dry and harden on a sheet of baking paper. This will ensure the figures don’t leach liquid into the icing coating after they have been decorated.

how to decorate angry birds characters

All of the figures have been decorated using white ready to roll icing from the supermarket and icing pens. I coloured the icing with powdered food colouring by kneading the colouring through.  You will need two boxes of icing for twelve birds and six pigs.

the red bird:

Base: red food colouring + icing.
Body: icing cut into a semi circle.
Eyes: icing cut into small circles with a pen lid.
Beak: orange food colouring + icing. Roll into a cone then curve for the beak.
Details: black gel icing pen.

the yellow bird:

Base: yellow food colouring + icing.
Body: icing cut into a semi circle.
Eyes: icing cut into small circles with a pen lid.
Eyebrows: orange food colouring + icing. Cut into strips with a knife / pizza cutter.
Beak: orange food colouring + icing. Roll into a cone then curve for the beak.
Details: black gel icing pen.

Blue bird:

Base: blue food colouring + icing.
Eyes: icing cut into small circles with a pen lid.
Eye bags: orange food colouring + icing. Cut into circles with a pen lid & trim to fit eyes.
Beak: yellow food colouring + icing. Form a diamond then fold over for the beak.
Details: black gel icing pen.

White bird:

Base: icing (knead with icing sugar if necessary).
Body: tiny amounts of red & yellow food colouring + icing cut into a semi circle.
Eyes: icing cut into small circles with a pen lid & trimmed to fit eye bags (below).
Eye bags: tiny amounts of red & yellow food colouring + icing. Cut into circles with a pen lid.
Beak: yellow food colouring + icing. Form a diamond then fold over for the beak.
Details: black gel icing pen.

The Pig:

Base: green food colouring + icing.
Nose: green food colouring + icing cut into a circle then rolled out to make an oval.
Eyes: icing cut into small circles with a pen lid & trimmed to fit eye bags (below).
Ears: green food colouring + icing. Squish into cubes or roll into spheres.
Details: black gel icing pen + green icing pen for the mouth.


Shez