♪ Hey guys, it's Roe! Welcome to another Nerdy Nummies! I got a lot of requests from you to make something from the movie, Alien. I absolutely love the Alien series. Actually did a marathon last weekend watching all the movies. Today, we're gonna be making cake balls that will look like the eggs that the queen lays. You know the ones I'm talking about: the ones that little Facehuggers pop out of. So, let's get started! The recipe that we're using is the white cake recipe from the Nerdy Nummies cookbook, only with a twist! I'm cutting the recipe in half and flavoring it peppermint. The things you'll need will be: ¾ cup sugar, 1 cup all-purpose flour, ¼ of salted butter, 2 eggs―we'll only be using the whites, ¼ cup of milk, 2 teaspoons of neon green food coloring, 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract, 2 tablespoons of shortening, a pinch of salt, and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. You'll also need: some chocolate fondant and green royal icing. Our cake balls are gonna be mint chocolate.
Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum! Now, let's put it all together! First step to make cake balls is making a cake. In a medium-sized bowl, pour in your flour salty-salty, and baking powder. Whisk together until well-combined and set off to the side. Next, in a large bowl, cream together your butter, sugar and shortening. On a medium speed, mix together until light and fluffy. It's so fluffy! Now, add your eggs one at a time, mixing between each addition. And remember, we're just gonna be using the egg white―no egg yolks. Then, add your peppermint extract and mix together. Oh, yeah! Lemme smell. [inhales loudly]
Ohhhhh, that smells so good! I don't know what an alien egg smells like, but I'm pretty sure this smells a little better. Now, pour a third of your dry ingredients then mix it up. Pour in half the milk, mix it up. Add the second third of dry ingredients, mix it up. Add the rest of the milk, mix it up, and the rest of the dry, mix it up. Don't forget to scrape down the sides. Final step to make the batter is adding our green food color. This is gonna look really cool! Mix together until well-combined. Batter is ready. Now, pour it into a quarter-sheet cake pan. I've already greased, and lined it with a piece of parchment paper so it makes removing my cake really easy. This looks pretty creepy. This looks like-
this could be a special effect in a film. When you're making cakes like this, it's important to spread the batter out nice and smooth. Time to bake the cake! Heat your oven to 350 degrees and bake for 18 minutes. After your cake has baked and cooled, it's time to crumb. Break off a piece, hold it over a large bowl, and crumble. Just break it apart! Boop, boop, boop, boop, boop. Hey! Who's in there? Bird? A lizard?! A Facehugger?! All the cake is crumbled. Now, add some buttercream frosting. I'm adding about ⅓ cup. Roll up your sleeves, 'cause this part gets a little messy. Just keep mixing in the frosting until it's evenly incorporated. You'll know you're done when there's no more dry cake. Usually when I make cake pops or cake balls, they're round. But not today! Today, we're forming them into egg shapes. In front of me, I have a tray lined with a piece of parchment paper and an ice cream scoop. Scoop it out, and press together. Looks like an oval. Now place it down on top of the parchment paper. I'm pressing it down a little bit and shaping it a little bit more to look like an egg. Now, keep doing this with the rest of your cake crumbs. Make as many as you can. Now, pop your cake balls in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes. These are like baby aliens!
[singsong humming] In front of me, I have a piece of wax paper that I've taped down so that so that the fondant won't stick to the surface, and this little template that I've made in Photoshop. I'll put a link down below if you wanna use this template. It's totally optional. You can freehand it, or make your own as well. Just cut out this little shape. They look like ninja stars.
[silly shooting noises] Which might come in handy if you find yourself meeting one of these little Facehuggers. Roll out your chocolate fondant pretty thin, place the shape on top, and―using a small sharp cutting knife―cut out the shape. I don't want the fondant to harden, so I like to make these one at a time. Just place your cake ball right in the center of the star, fold up the edges, pressing against the cake pop, pinch the bottoms, and again― using a small, sharp cutting knife― cut off the excess and round them out. This is the fun part! This is where you can decide what each alien egg is gonna look like. In the movie, some of the eggs are closed, some are barely open, and some are fully cracked open and a Facehugger just popped out! Final decoration step is adding some alien goo. In this piping bag, I have some electric green icing with a #2 tip at the end for a little bit more control. You don't need to go crazy with the goo. I'm just piping a little bit in the creases and around the top of the egg. Make them look a little slimy! That's what it should look like for the opened egg. Then for the closed egg, pipe a little dribble out of the openings. Ta-daaa! Here are the alien egg cake balls that we made today. I love 'em. They look just like the ones from the movie. And, the mint cake recipe wrapped with chocolate is just the perfect pairing for a mint chocolate chip bite. Yum, yum, yum! I found this metal plate at World Market. Then to make some alien biomatter, I laid down a bunch of black licorice rope, and then poured Oreo cookie crumbs on top. And, a big thank you to you guys for suggesting something Alien-themed. Because I made all these eggs- kinda makes me feel like I'm the queen alien. [singing]
♪ Rock-a-bye baby, rock-a-bye ♪ [screaming] I'm gonna be taking lots of pictures and posing the recipe on rosannapansino.com, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. so you can check it out there. And, if you guys make these Alien egg cake pops or any other Alien-themed treat, please take a picture send it to me. I love seeing your baking creations. It just makes my day! And, if you have any other ideas for another Nerdy Nummies, let me know. Leave me a comment down below and I will do my best to make it happen! Alright, thanks again you guys. Buh-bye! One for me! Mmm. Mm, mmm! Not bad for a human! [cheesy horror music]
Oh no! They cut the power! I'm watching you! I'm watching you! ♪
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