Hi everyone! I'm in desperate need of recipe help. I need to make a…

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Posted on 07/10/2012 by msu_insomniac
Hi everyone! I'm in desperate need of recipe help. I need to make a dessert for a girls birthday party and the theme is "Pink Pink Pink"! The catch is no cake, and no cupcakes. Obviously, the more over the top PINK, girly, sparkly, glittery, etc. the better!

Thanks all!
hisietari 10th-Jul-2012 04:50 pm (UTC)
Jelly? Strawberry blancmange? Strawberry milkshakes? Anything involving ice cream? Funnily cut-up fruit?
msu_insomniac 10th-Jul-2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
Crap... I forgot to mention we live in Texas the weather is insanely hot (it's an outdoor party). So I'll have to stay away from ice cream / milk shakes that will melt, and would like to stay away from things that don't do well in the heat (like fruit). Sorry! Jelly MIGHT be ok?
hisietari 10th-Jul-2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
I think jelly or blancmange (pudding) is the better choice then. Even if it gets a little runny, it may still be served in cute little bowls. Maybe you can get transparent bowls with several layers in varying colours (such as pink and yellow, strawberry and vanilla flavour)? Easy to decorate, too.
ma_ee_uh 10th-Jul-2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
No cake, no cupcakes, no ice cream??

Uhhh ... OK ... what about rice krispie treats made with pink marshmallows ... or you can make vanilla pudding with a drop of red food coloring to make it pink?
ma_ee_uh 10th-Jul-2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, I just realized cookies are OK ... sugar cookies with food coloring would work .... or (pink) iced sugar cookies.
mavinmaverick 10th-Jul-2012 05:01 pm (UTC)
How soon do you need this, and how is the humidity? I know of a couple potential candy recipes, but one of them would require low humidity (hot doesn't matter as much).

There are plenty of pink cookies as well, incorporating cherries and berries. And food coloring can make just about anything pink.

Or you could go the easy route and make tons of pink lemonade. LOL
msu_insomniac 10th-Jul-2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
Not until Sunday afternoon! Humidity has actually been bearable, and I don't think will be a factor.
msu_insomniac 10th-Jul-2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
A pink candy recipe you can recommend would be great!
mavinmaverick 10th-Jul-2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
Well, if you have any experience with hard candies (which can be difficult to make), I'll ask my mom for her cinnamon hard candy recipe. It's usually red, but the coloring can be lightened to make it pink. I think my mom may also have a peppermint candy recipe that can easily be made pink. I shall inquire about that.
msu_insomniac 10th-Jul-2012 05:47 pm (UTC)
Awesome, thanks!
mavinmaverick Recipes12th-Jul-2012 10:06 am (UTC)
Okay, sorry it's a bit late, but here are the recipes I mentioned. The hard candy is the one that needs to be done on a low humidity day, or it will become cloudy, and possibly tacky.

Hard Candy

Powdered Sugar
3 3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
1 cup water
1 teaspoon flavor oil (cinnamon,peppermint, clove....) food color

Cover an 18 x 24 inch jelly roll pan with heavy foil and sprinkle it with powdered sugar. Set aside.

Mix the first 3 ingredients in a large heavysaucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar disolves. Boil, without stirring until temperature reached 310F (hard crack).

Remove from heat. Stir in flavoring oil and food color. Pour onto foil.
Let cool and then break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.
Flavor oil can be bought from places that sell candy making and cake making supplies or you can get some flavors from a pharmacy.

Pastel Butter Mints

2 Lbs. powdered sugar (9 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup butter melted and cooled slightly
5 -6 Tablespoons water
3 teaspoons peppermint extract
food color

Mix the first 4 ingredients until sugar is moistened. Add a few drops of food color. Knead until mixture is smooth. Shape teaspoons full into small thin round patties on a cookie sheet. Immediately press surfaces with the tines of a fork for a crosshatch pattern. Let stand until completely dry.
Store in an airtight container in the refridgerator for up to a month.
msu_insomniac Re: Recipes12th-Jul-2012 12:24 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Thanks!
doc__holliday 10th-Jul-2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
yikes.. those look disgusting.. :(
mavinmaverick 10th-Jul-2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what you mean by something looking disgusting, but to each their own, I guess.

Anyway, I'm not sure if I'll get the recipies in time. Unfortunately, my e-mail seems to be doing stupid things at the moment. I will keep trying though! In the mean time, it looks like there are a lot of great ideas here.
sostrangechild 11th-Jul-2012 05:58 am (UTC)
I think it was meant for the Unicorn Poop recipe a comment thread below. :)
doc__holliday 11th-Jul-2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
Yup! Sorry; stupid smrtfone... I meant that for the Unicorn "Poop" cookies..they look incredibly unappetizing.
sostrangechild 12th-Jul-2012 03:07 am (UTC)
Damn smartphones, getting in the way of baking!
msu_insomniac 10th-Jul-2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
I love these!!
squid_ink 10th-Jul-2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
I don't touch the stuff but... Pink jello?

there are a couple of recipes, not sure what floats your boat
slian_martreb 10th-Jul-2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
Would a cake pop count as cake?
msu_insomniac 10th-Jul-2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, yes. The reason I can't do cake is that there will already be a birthday cake AND custom made cupcakes, so anything I add to that will be redundant.
unsafetypin 10th-Jul-2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
Pink popcorn!.
Maybe brownie or cheesecake pops dipped in pink chocolate with pink sprinkles or sugar?
Pink candy apples or pink chocolate dipped/swirled caramel apples?
Pink lemonade bars, strawberry sandwich cookies (pink sugar cookies with strawberry buttercream sandwiched), rev velvet cheesecake brownies, pink chocolate dipped/sprinkled pretzel rods...
I have too many ideas, ha.
msu_insomniac 10th-Jul-2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
unsafetypin 10th-Jul-2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
Glad to help out! :)
kezwick 10th-Jul-2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
Apologies, if these won't do, but I have a couple of suggestions.

This pavlova is certainly pink and sparkly. I suppose if you can't handle the fruit you could try a different topping, although fruit tends to be the better pavlova topping (you could even base an entirely different dessert just on the pink meringue part!)


If you just require something for the guests to nibble on, you could always make cake pops using pink candy coating and edible glitter, or use this cookie recipe and just use pink food colour:


If all else fails, you could always make marshmallow skewers.
msu_insomniac 10th-Jul-2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
Those cookies look perfect! Thanks!
doc__holliday 10th-Jul-2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
I was SO going to just suggest a pavlova!!
nudrive 10th-Jul-2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
How about using candy melts? e.g. these cookie things
msu_insomniac 10th-Jul-2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid these would melt outside, but I am book marking that video to make for another day! YUM!
nudrive 10th-Jul-2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
I wonder, would strawberry cheesecake die in the heat?
kamaliitaru 10th-Jul-2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
Yep, cheesecake melts into goo in the heat.
poppymuddyfoot 10th-Jul-2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
I used to make fairy wands for the little girls at my church by dipping the ends of pretzel or bread sticks in candy melts and then rolling them in colored sugars or sprinkles.
msu_insomniac 10th-Jul-2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
Ohhhhhhh... LOVE that idea! Nice and easy too! Thanks :)
cappyhead 10th-Jul-2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
Someone already suggested rice krispie treats, but I'm going to second the motion. They are easy to dye whatever color you like (you dye the marshmallow goo as it is melting in the pan, before adding the cereal), and easy to form into fun shapes. I've made two rice krispie treat rainbows in the past couple of years, for example, and they were always a big hit.
msu_insomniac 10th-Jul-2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
Interesting idea, I hadn't thought of that. I'm thinking I could even do double the pink... dye rice crispy treats pink then dip them in pink chocolate and sprinkles on the side? I've never dipped rice crispy treats in chocolate, but I have seen it done and it looks cool!
phyllis7609 10th-Jul-2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
There is a recipe using a box of Betty Crocker Cherry Chip cake mix. They're called cherry jubilee bars.

They are insanely sweet but really yummy. And very pink! :o)
If you keep the plate of these on a tray of ice (which is what I do when I set out cold dishes for picnics) or in a cooler until it's time to eat, they should do just fine, even in Texas.

doc__holliday 10th-Jul-2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
Jesus christ that looks amazing.
phyllis7609 11th-Jul-2012 12:42 am (UTC)
Yes they do my child. Yes they do.

spyral_out 11th-Jul-2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha. Perfect.
doc__holliday 11th-Jul-2012 07:13 pm (UTC)
BWAHAHAH. Sacrilicious.....
rosewein 10th-Jul-2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
doc__holliday 10th-Jul-2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
Pink frosted donuts?

miss_sarac 10th-Jul-2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
eiricmacbean 10th-Jul-2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
One of my mom's potluck standby recipes was something we just called "pink fluff". Coolwhip, Cherry Pie Filling, some Pineapple (crushed?), and some chopped walnuts. Very pink, very yummy, and stands up to heat.
growly 11th-Jul-2012 12:25 am (UTC)
Ooh, I used to love this stuff! They had both the pink stuff and green stuff at a restaurant buffet my family used to go when I was a kid.
x_creepy_doll_x 11th-Jul-2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
If you mix together strawberry Jello and cool whip, it makes a yummy pink mousse like thing.
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