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Buttercream #1:
2 cups Crisco (shortening)
2 T sweet condensed milk
1 T rum (to taste)
Cream Crisco with mixer.  Add condensed milk and rum.

Buttercream #2:
1 cups Crisco.  Can be substitute with 1/2 cup Crisco and 1/2 cup butter
4 cups confectioners sugar
1 t vanilla, or other flavor such as almond or butter.
2 T water, or corn syrup, or milk - optional.  If you like it stiff, don't add.
Cream Crisco with mixer.  Add confectioner sugar.  One cup at a time.  Add flavor.  If you like the consistency don't add water

Whipped Cream:
1.5 cups heavy whipping cream
6-7 T confectioner sugar
1 t vanilla
Beat whipping cream with mixer until foamy.  Add confectioner sugar and vanilla.  Beat until stiff.

Rum balls

My rum balls are basically left over of cake from cake pops and black forest.

This was my favorite goodies when I was teenager.  The original recipe calls for Marie wafer which is already good to eat by itself so it rarely made it into rum balls.

Original recipe:
3 packs of Marie wafers - crushed with blender
1/2 can sweetened condensed milk. 
rum to flavor
confectioner sugar to coat

Mix all ingredients together.
Make balls.  If dough is not sticky/thicken enough to form balls, add confectioner sugar.
Roll in confectioner sugar

note: You can add peanuts, almonds, pecans etc if you want.
If powdered sugar coated rum balls are to plain for you, you may dip them into candy coating to make more attractive designs.

These are the TWIST I make:
Substitute Marie wafer with any wafer cookies, or left over cake (crumb cake)
Substitute condensed milk with corn syrup.

Battle of cake pops vs. rum balls

Modern Black Forest

The past two weeks was hectic for me. I had multiple deadlines to meet before the Christmas week. I was happy to finish the Christmas Carol cake pops, made cake pop sample for wedding and also made about 20 Black Forest cakes.
Two cherries with white mini sprinkles on chocolate ganache

An Affair to Remember

I have been MIA (missing in action) from blogging for awhile.  I have made so many goodies lately from wedding to Christmas themes.

I am presenting to you the non-Christmas goodies.
Please welcome ladies and gentlemen... the Lovely Newly Wed.  Tada ... drum roll, drum roll