birthday cake truffles

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking,BIRTHDAY,Dessert,recipes

I cannot even tell you about most of the hijinks and shenanigans my best friend Alix and I had from first through oh, twelfth grade. Yep, all the way through. We were permanently separated from being in the same homeroom class after third grade.

Darn that Mrs. Hall.

Some things I can tell you about:

I would set out walking to school, stop by her house to pick her up, and we’d stay there watching morning television and eating cereal. Then we’d make our way to school around 10:am – getting freaked out by Mr Bartnick, our music teacher, driving by very slowly in his hearse.

When we were still in the same home room, we would be separated to the opposite ends of the classroom. We developed a lip reading form of communication, and once, the classroom went quiet and everyone was looking at us. Mrs. Hall (heh, heh) asked, “are you girls finished?” to which I answered, “no” and turned back to Alix to keep talking.

Poor Mrs. Hall probably learned to never ask that question again.

Fast forward several years – Alix going through jaw surgery and me shoving mini peanut butter cups through her wired shut teeth.

The two of us carrying a huge pizza from the restaurant counter back to the table, and having it slide off onto the table.

Filling our other best friends locker full of packing peanuts, only to get caught by the shop teacher who told us we could leave it and give him our names, or empty it right then. I wanted to leave it, she wanted to empty it.

Having my boyfriend fix her mom’s dining room table that was broken during a rowdy party the night before. That party escalated quickly – there were way too many people there. Years later, her mom found out about the table

Me “spending the night” at her house, and her “spending the night” at mine, when we really stayed out all night at the all ages dance club. Years later, my mom found out about this by reading it here today.

That’s about all I can tell you. The rest is classified and is whispered about between just the two of us, wide eyed and incredulous that we even did some of those things…

My dear friend recently celebrated a birthday, and we went out for dinner and cocktails. I brought her an edible gift – I made some oooh sooo good fudgy chocolatey truffles. Then frosted and decorated them like a bright birthday cake.

birthday cake truffles

4 ounces dark chocolate
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1-2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon agave
1 (7 ounce) package dried figs
1/2 cup raw cashews
8 ounces white chocolate (vegansweets baking chips)
food coloring (Seelect is vegan), optional
sprinkles and sanding sugars, optional 

In small saucepan over low heat, melt dark chocolate. In a small bowl, stir together cocoa powder, water and agave, forming a paste. In high speed blender or food processor, combine figs and cashews, blend until sticky and crumbly. Add cocoa paste and melted chocolate, blend until mixture forms a ball. Transfer to refrigerator to set/cool, 10 minutes.

Using a small spoon, scoop uniform size amounts of the mixture, roll into a ball and place on a baking sheet with parchment (parchment is useful later for the melted chocolate). Return to refrigerator to set.

In small saucepan over low heat, melt white chocolate. Remove truffle balls from fridge, and using a fork, dip each one in the melted chocolate, return to parchment to set (shorten setting time by returning to refrigerator).

I love you, Alix. Cheers, here’s to another *mumble mumble number* years!

 

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather (Where's the Beach) December 13, 2012 at 5:57 am

Oh…big grin. I loved reading about your shenanigans with your friend. Those are some of the best memories aren’t they!

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2 Kristina Sloggett December 13, 2012 at 2:43 pm

absolutely the best! :)

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3 Tommy December 13, 2012 at 6:09 am

WHY didn’t I know you then?? :D

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4 Kristina Sloggett December 13, 2012 at 2:43 pm

no kidding! probably because someone was indeed watching over me, and if YOU were around we’d have REALLY been in trouble! ;)

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5 Caroline December 13, 2012 at 6:19 am

Sweet memories and sweet dessert!

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6 Kristina Sloggett December 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

:D indeed!

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7 Averie @ Averie Cooks December 13, 2012 at 7:32 am

That is the prettiest shade of peach – wow, so beautiful! Have never seen anything even close! And the filling made with figs and cashews and cocoa, I bet so full of chewy texture and perfection!

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8 Kristina Sloggett December 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

mixing food color is such fun ;)

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9 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 13, 2012 at 7:39 am

I think we would have been good friends in highschool! This cracked me up because my last name is Hall (but I’m much cooler than Mrs. Hall) and I also had a friend that my parents/the school banned from my being in the same class as from 2nd grade on. Later we would be college roommates and enjoy may a wine and Brie fueled night of fun.

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10 Kristina Sloggett December 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Alix and I went to different schools, but that would have been us for sure! Fortunately we make up for it now ;) and yes, you are a MUCH cooler Hall ;)

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11 purelytwins December 13, 2012 at 8:04 am

figs, cashews and chocolate = HEAVEN!!
pinning these yummy truffles!!!

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12 Kristina Sloggett December 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm

our favorite ingredients, right? XXO!

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13 Cooking Rookie December 13, 2012 at 8:26 am

Wow, these truffles are beautiful! I love that beautiful happy orange!
Happy Birthday, Alix! You are very lucky to have such a good friend :-)
p.s. “Years later, my mom found out about this by reading it here today.” love this part ;-P

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14 Kristina Sloggett December 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I was happy with how the orange turned out too – it IS happy!

hee hee, yep, I figured what could happen now? and mom is a good sport ;)

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15 Valerie December 13, 2012 at 10:12 am

I have a feeling that we would get along brilliantly. ;)

Love the cake truffles- love the filling inside the cake truffles! Figs, cashews, and chocolate? Yes, please!

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16 Kristina Sloggett December 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm

hee hee ;) silly shenanigans. and yes, I have found this is such a great combination for gooey chocolatey truffles… my favorite!

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17 Jess December 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

Aww I love this story about your friendship!! Friends like that, from years ago that stand the test of time? Those are so few and far between but SO SO awesome, aren’t they? The friendships where you can pick up where you left off even if months or years have gone by. I have a few friends like that and I cherish them dearly.

PS these truffles look freakin’ unreal. WANT.

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18 Kristina Sloggett December 13, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I know – I feel so lucky to still have her in my life after all these years – it’s so fun to look back. Those friendships are precious.

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19 Heather @ Better With Veggies December 13, 2012 at 11:17 am

This is my kind of cake – bite sized and covered in sprinkles. Your friend sounds like so much fun – and I can’t believe you outed your secret to your mom today, I still keep those kinds of thing quiet. ;)

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20 spabettiemom December 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

HA…HI HEATHER….SPABETTIE MOM HERE…….I CAN’T BELIEVE IT EITHER………..CAN BELIEVE KRIS & ALEX DID IT..BUT: THAT SHE WOULD ACTUALLY ADMIT TO IT AND WRITE IT DOWN!!!!but

I’M BLESSED TO HAVE SUCH A WONDERFUL DAUGHTER ….LOVE THAT ‘SWEET INNOCENCE ‘……..HA

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21 Heather @ Better With Veggies December 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I love it! :) I’m glad you both have a great relationship with each other and that you understand her * indiscretions* as a kid. :)

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22 Kristina Sloggett December 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I know… over the years my siblings and I have come clean about things we did back then… but I think this one was a first!

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23 Alix December 13, 2012 at 11:31 am

My mom texted me to tell me I was grounded ;-) I had to laugh. It’s well deserved. I ate EVERY single one of those truffles. I was going to share but it was my birthday!

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24 Kristina Sloggett December 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm

haa, Mom. I suppose she’s grounding ME too ;) XXO

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25 Eileen December 13, 2012 at 11:50 am

What a great story! SHENANIGANS FOR ALL! And truffles for all too, of course. I love the crazy over-the-top frosting!

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26 Kristina Sloggett December 13, 2012 at 2:15 pm

silly kids. ;) and FROSTING FOR ALL!

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27 spabettiemom December 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

AAAHEM! EXCUSE ME…..I AM STANDING RIGHT BEHIND YOU!!!!

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28 Kristina Sloggett December 13, 2012 at 2:15 pm

haaaa, oops. ;)

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29 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm

You see, I read this and all I can think of is Max and his shenanigans! Well, he’s actually really shy at school, but I know he’s up to no good! Sounds like you two were perfect friends! I love it! These look amazing! Love that you used figs in them. YUM!

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30 Kristina Sloggett December 13, 2012 at 3:16 pm

heh heh, I bet ;) sorry about that. what I can say is that honestly, we were good kids. and I bet Max is too ;)

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31 Dina December 13, 2012 at 7:49 pm

they are so pretty!

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32 Kristina Sloggett December 13, 2012 at 8:08 pm

thanks so much, Dina!

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33 Shirley @ gfe December 13, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Those are stunning! What a lucky friend to be the recipient of those! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the memories with us all. :-)

xo,
Shirley

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34 Cathy @ Noble Pig December 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Ha…all those crazy things…it’s amazing we are all still alive. What cute little treats these are!!

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35 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) December 14, 2012 at 7:11 am

This reminds me so much of me and my best friend growing up… except we didn’t read lips, we just crawled under desks to meet up… haha!

The birthday truffles are SO cute — I love the sprinkle action. :) You have a very lucky friend!

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