Monday 24 December 2012

What Does God Want From You This Christmas?

Having just posted the last of 6 course Christmas meal for six a day ago, I have no intention to do any posting till the new year. I have just returned from my 2 weeks trip Friday morning, and was busy doing house cleaning and laundry. Sunday School is having a Christmas celebration this Lord's Day and I made this for the my class as Christmas gift. This is not the first time I made cake pops and the truth is  I don't really enjoy making them.  Cake pops are cute to look at, but to make them is time consuming (I think). I have only a short evening to make them and did manage 16 pops. I adapted the recipe from bakeforhappykids.

Chocolate Cake
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
11/2 cup flour
1 cup caster sugar
1/2 tbsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup hot water

  • Pre-heat oven to 175C.  Lined a 8" x 8" square pan with  baking paper.
  • Sift cocoa,flour,sugar,baking soda,baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer.
  • With the mixer on low, beat in oil, milk, vanilla, eggs and hot water, one at a time, blending well after each addition. Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  • Pour batter into pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

113g cream cheese
58g unsalted butter
180g icing sugar

Beat cream cheese and butter till creamy. With mixer on low, add icing sugar, scraping down the sides of the bowls as necessary.
Add vanilla extract and increase mixer speed. Blend until frosting is fluffy.

When cake is cooled, crumble cake with a food processor or by hands and mix in the frosting. Shape into about 12gm balls and chill in freezer. 

I made the eyes using homemade marshmallow fondant from here

 Chocolate covering

Melt 200gms of dark chocolate coating in a double boiler. 

I use chocolate coating because it is less messy with no fear of melting. Chocolate hardens after a few seconds. As you dip cake balls into the chocolate, twirl the cake pop to remove excess chocolate and decorate before it hardens.

Blessed Christmas to all my blog readers. Wishing you all the beauty & blessings of this Holy season.

What Does God Want From You This Christmas? Sunday sermon.

What does Jesus want from us ? What gift can I give that is acceptable to God?
Here is God's wishlist. Micah 6 is a message from God  to us, so that His people will not forget.

Micah 6:8 sums up what God looks for in our life and what gifts we can give.

1) To Do Justly Giving God His due. He deserves our worship and adoration. Treating people right.
                           Love your neighbors as yourself.

2) To Love Mercy loving the unlovable. A willingness to forgive the sins of others as God is willing to
                                forgive our sins.

3) To Walk Humbly Humility enables us to know we are in Christ. Acknowledge our sins and submit to
                                  God's mercy.

'He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.'        Micah 6:8

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