Monday, February 6, 2012

Milk Bar Mondays – Carrot Cake Truffles

I want to take a quick moment to tell you all how loved I feel after Friday’s post.  You all make blogging 100% worth it  THANK YOU for the birthday wishes, for both me and the blog, and always for the sweet, sweet comments!


Welcome to Milk Bar Mondays!

I am so excited to be teaming up with Audra, Meagan, Krissy, Nicole, Erin and Jacqueline.  Audra’s idea of baking our way through this cookbook was one that I was immediately on board with.

As far as baking goes, I don’t get very adventurous.  I stick to what I know and what I like.  This cookbook will definitely get me out of my baking comfort zone.  I seriously had to scour the grocery store for milk powder.  However, I guarantee you that this recipe would not be the same without it.

Christina Tosi creates original, unique, innovative and fun recipes and I can’t wait to share them with you.  I have read this cookbook several times now and I learn something new each time.  This made me fall in love with her and the book almost immediately:

I totally relate to a crippling cookie dough obsession.  She also suggests that sifting is a waste of time.  I hate sifting.  I love her.

I give to you our first recipe: Carrot Cake Truffles.  Carrot cake truffles came about in the Milk Bar bakery from leftover cake scraps.  No need to commit to a whole slice of cake when you can have just a bite or two!

Cake truffles consist of:

the base (cake scraps) This carrot cake is definitely the best carrot cake I’ve ever had.  It was moist but not too sweet, had  a perfect touch of cinnamon and was so…incredibly…moist.

the binder (moistens the truffles, in this case, it’s liquid cheesecake.) Yes, I just said liquid cheesecake. it’s like sweet, creamy heaven.

the shell (white chocolate) This part forms as a seal to keep all that moistness in, and to glue on the cruncy outer shell.  I used white chocolate chips from Trader Joe’s of which I didn’t photograph.  Next time I will go for some high quality chocolate, though.

the crunchy coat (crumbs) Finishes off the truffle with a crunchy (duh) outer shell.

The batter.  Totally lickable.

The baked cake mixed with liquid cheesecake.  This was sort of like eating raw cookie dough and it was euphoric.

The cake/liquid cheesecake mixture rolled into 12 balls.

The truffles rolled in white chocolate and the crumbs.

Milk Bar Carrot Cake Truffles.  Please make these.

And follow our Milk Bar Monday happenings on Twitter! #milkbarmondays

Check out the recipe on Audra’s site, The Baker Chick.

And check out the other posts here:

Krissy of Krissy’s Creations

Nicole of Sweet Peony Blog

Jacqueline of The Dusty Baker

Erin of Big Fat Baker

Meagen of Scarletta Bakes


58 Responses to “Milk Bar Mondays – Carrot Cake Truffles”

  1. #
    Kathryn — February 6, 2012 @ 5:50 am

    This looks like it’s going to be such a great series, I can’t wait to see what you come up with. These truffles look like the best way to start ever!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — February 6, 2012 @ 6:30 am

    Can I have one for breakfast? Looks delicious! 🙂

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    Jacqueline - The Dusty Baker — February 6, 2012 @ 6:47 am

    Those look PERFECT! I would have loved to have tried them with the milk crumbs. Were they hard to make? LOVING this swap already!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — February 6, 2012 @ 7:36 am

    This sounds like such a fun series. I can’t wait to follow it. I’ve seen this book all over the place so I’m excited that we’ll get a sneak peek of it through you ladies! These truffles look delicious! I could just continuously pop them in my mouth! 🙂

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    DessertForTwo — February 6, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    I think I have to make these for the Mr for Valentine’s Day. Carrot cake is his favorite!

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    Maureen — February 6, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    I love carrot cake but I feel so guilty when I have a big piece. I could eat about 30 of these and convince myself that they’re little. 🙂

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    Victoria — February 6, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    Also, I’ve been to Milk Bar in NYC and it could be the most decadent thing I have EVER eaten. And I’ve had a lot of stuff.

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    Erin — February 6, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    Haha I never sift. I am bad.

  9. #
    Bev Weidner — February 6, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    Look at THOSE.

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    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — February 6, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    I love carrot cake and I love truffles so what a perfect combination!

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    Deborah — February 6, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    I NEED this cookbook, and I NEED one of these truffles! I love the crunchy coating!

  12. #
    nicole {sweet peony} — February 6, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    ooooh cassie! yours look so pretty! 🙂

  13. #
    Audra@the-baker-chick — February 6, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    Hooray Cassie! Your truffles look wonderful! I actually love the look of the big crumbs- I almost did mine that way. Thanks so much for participating! 🙂

  14. #
    Liz — February 6, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    These are the first cake truffles that I’ve ever considered trying! They look fabulous!

  15. #
    Krissy's Creations — February 6, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    LOVE your step-by-step. So many steps, but SO delicious 🙂

  16. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — February 6, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    They look amazing, I so wish I would have been able to participate… stupid busy schedule!

  17. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — February 6, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    I’m so glad you didn’t put these on sticks and call them Pops. Because with that much awesomeness, a stick is just a waste of space. I love these.

  18. #
    sarah — February 6, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    Oh wow- these sound totally fantastic! I love a cookbook that pushes those baking boundaries!

  19. #
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — February 6, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    I would love love love to work my way through this book. It sounds AWESOME and so fun and what a great idea. Lucky girls! Great planning!

  20. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — February 6, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    That book is on my wish list!! I’m going to LOVE seeing you bake your way through it!

  21. #
    Colleen — February 6, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    These are too good to be true! (send me some please?). I must get myself a copy of this book. Good luck with you milk bar adventure!

  22. #
    Ramona — February 6, 2012 @ 6:50 pm

    I love carrot cake and this just takes it to a whole other level!! YUM!! 🙂

  23. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — February 6, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

    This is just a fabulous idea! These look amazing!

  24. #
    Baking Serendipity — February 6, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

    I love this series…and these truffles! Liquid cheesecake!?! This could be dangerous…and totally worth it. PS: Happy belated birthday 🙂 I hope you had a fabulous day!

  25. #
    BigFatBaker — February 6, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

    Omg I love the liquid cheesecake and milk crumbs… so good. I can’t wait for our next MBM adventure!

  26. #
    Baker Street — February 6, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

    Wow! Absolutely divine!

  27. #
    Alyssa — February 7, 2012 @ 2:21 am

    Yum! This is why I don’t own cookbooks like that! I would never fit into my jeans again because I would want to make this kind of stuff all the time. And I love your photos too, beautiful!

  28. #
    Jenny @ BAKE — February 7, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    This sounds like the most delicious idea ever! My friend made something similar with crushed oreos and I (accidentally) scoffed the lot!

  29. #
    Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) — February 7, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    Wowee, is that even a word? I love everything about these truffles, from the carrot cake base to the liquid cream cheese binder to the white chocolate. It’s a good thing they are bite-size, although that doesn’t guarantee I would only eat one.

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    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — February 7, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    I love, love, LOVE your photographs, Cassie! Your truffles look exactly perfect! This was a long recipe but the results were worth it and these little gems were gone in no time!!

  31. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — February 7, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    MUST. HAVE. THESE. NOW!!! Awesome job 🙂

  32. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — February 7, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

    This sounds like so much fun! I am dying for this cookbook and your first creation looks amazing!

  33. #
    Jill | Dulce Dough — February 7, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    These look so yummy–all the goodness of a slice of carrot cake combined in a little truffle!

  34. #
    Diane {Created by Diane} — February 7, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    oh YUM, I love carrot cake. These look great love the coating!

  35. #
    Katie @ Epicurean Mom — February 7, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

    What a cute idea!! And these look soooo good! A fun treat the whole family can enjoy!

  36. #
    Ryan — February 7, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

    Happy birthday!! These look incredible– I need to eat, like 5. 🙂 I agree about sifting- I hate it too. Looking forward to seeing what you guys bake each week!

  37. #
    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — February 7, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

    Cassie….these look awesome! I’ve had my eye on this book….so I’ll definitely be following this series! : )

  38. #
    Margarita — February 8, 2012 @ 12:48 am

    I love everything homemade, but I’m so ashamed to say that the only carrot cake I’ve ever had was the Costco one. It is time for me to take matters into my own hands, with these carrot delights!

  39. #
    Dara — February 8, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    These look so fabulous! I adore carrot cake. Your loft is gorgeous.

  40. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — February 8, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    Oh my word!

  41. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — February 9, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    Oh Lordy, you’re killing me 🙂 I live a few blocks from the milk bar and now having the recipes at home is going to be the end for my skinny jeans!

  42. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — February 9, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

    My god, these truffles look INCREDIBLE! And I like your new series and I’ll go check out others’ site as well. I get great baking inspiration from you. 🙂

  43. #
    Aggie — February 19, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    I could handle eating 2 or 10 of these! 🙂

    They look so so good!!

  44. #
    Megan @CountryCleaver — March 12, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    Seriously – I can’t get enough of these! Inspired!!


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