This was my second year participating in the RBCA Annual Beer and Wine Tasting Event. Everyone gets a little sample size glass to take home with them. For those that don't drink, there are options as well. It is a fun event and a great excuse to get out of the house in November. In conjunction with the tasting, there is a Alaskan Chef Off and Dessert Challenge. The theme is always Alaskan ingredients. Last year I brought a little funk to the event with my root veggie macarons. This year I made these fun Xtra-tuf cake pops. In additon to the total Alaskan Xtra-Tuf theme, they were made with my chocolate stout cake recipe. The stout being Alaskan Brewing Company Stout. How's that for an Alaskan ingredient?
They were a hit with both the crowd and the judges. I took home first place in the dessert category. Congrats to Kevin Lane and his team at the Alaska Culinary Academy for winning the chef off appetizer portion. Yay for Seward talent! Seward locals took home both wins this year!
I have made these little bites a couple of times before. Due to their popularity, I have decided to give them a try on my Etsy shop. My cake pops are always made from scratch cake. The cake is dense and moist and as close to fudge as cake can get. Since our from scratch cake is so moist, there is no need for cloyingly sweet frosting. Our Xtra-Tuf truffles on a stick are so delectable that people that have sworn off super sweet cake pops are pleasantly surprised and come back for more.
In addition to the xtra-tuf design, I also make holiday truffles (hint hint) and wedding bride and groom ones too
Congrats to all the participants. We had a great time and look forward to next year's event.