Oscar-worthy desserts for your viewing party

Abigale Subdhan / The Social
Want a showstopper dessert to make your Oscar party truly red carpet ready? Yolanda Gampp from YouTube's 'How To Cake It' demonstrates how give our favourite movie snacks a makeover. 

Oscar-Worthy Popcorn Recipe 
Whether you have seen all the films nominated for the Oscars this year or not, it is always fun to watch with the right people and most importantly the right snacks.  It is only fitting to have popcorn at an Oscars party, but there is nothing that goes better with salty...than sweet!  They're like the food version of Brad and Angelina or Beyonce and Jay - meant to be!  So, here is a quick and easy recipe that will bring these two star-crossed lovers together and have your friends and family wishing you had made about 6 batches more.

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Ingredients:
  • Fresh popcorn kernels and oil for popping. If you're not sure about this method grab a big bag of lightly salted popcorn at your local supermarket.  
  • 1-2 cups semi-sweet melting chocolate
  • Toffee bits or finely crumbled up bits of a Skor Chocolate Bar
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Broken up salted pretzels
  • Edible Gold Dust 
  • First make your popcorn!

Method:
  1. Once ready, lay it out on cookie sheets - now it's ready to be dressed in couture for the night.
  2. Melt your chocolate in the microwave - do this slowly!  Short 30 sec increments are best and make sure to stir as you go!
  3. Once the chocolate is nice and smooth, use a spatula to dip and drizzle all over your popcorn until you feel you have enough - which is never in my books!
  4. Now while the chocolate is still wet, have fun throwing your other toppings into this delicious mix!  But leave the edible gold dust aside for now! 
  5. Add enough toppings to make your popcorn as indulgent as you like, and leave to dry for 15 mins. Keep in mind you can use anything you like - chop up bits of liquorice, candy, chocolate bars…the sky is the limit!
  6. Once the chocolate on your popcorn is dry, take a clean paint brush and use it to sprinkle your popcorn with edible gold dust - this is that little touch that takes this snack from an Oscar nominee, to an Oscar winner!
  7. Don't forget - it's all about presentation!  Find a beautiful clear bowl, or perhaps some interesting glasses like the one in my pic that you can present your popcorn in.  I'm also a fan of wrapping pretty paper into a cone, sealing with double sided tape, and filling it up with popcorn to be handed out to my guests!  Be creative and have fun.
  8. Last but not least - EAT, BE SWEET AND REPEAT! It's a super easy recipe to whip up again when you run out

Find the recipe for Yolanda’s Oscar Party Popcorn Box Cake here: (http://bit.ly/HowToCakeItOscarPopcornCake). 

Make Yolanda’s Oscar Night Mega Cake 
Baking Your Cake
Ingredients & Tools:
  • 1 x 10lb recipe of Yo’s Ultimate Chocolate Cake - find Yo’s recipe here (http://bit.ly/HowToCakeItChocolateCake)
  • 1 x Wilton Black Icing Colour
  • 3 x 9” round cake pans lined with parchment paper

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When your chocolate cake batter is complete, and still in your mixing bowl, add the entire container of Wilton Black Icing Colour. Blend on low speed and watch your batter turn black. Divide evenly between pans and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees, but always check with a toothpick in the centre. Let your cakes cool completely in their pans.

Assembling Your Cake
Ingredients & Tools:
  • Italian Meringue Buttercream - find Yo’s recipe here (http://bit.ly/HowToCakeItButtercream)
  • Simple Syrup - find Yo’s recipe here (http://bit.ly/HowToCakeItSimpleSyrup)
  • Small offset palette knife
  • Serrated knife
  • Ruler
  • Piping bag fitted with a #825 star tip
  • Caramel corn tossed in gold lustre dust
  • Licorice nibs (red)
  • Chocolate covered pretzels
  • Black and gold chocolate buttons

Method:
  1. Remove your cakes from their pans and level them. Shower your first cake layer with simple syrup, and lay it onto your cake board. Start by shell piping in concentric circles until the entire cake layer is covered. Then place your favourite Oscar Night sweets on top of the buttercream.
  2. Remember to shower the remaining two cake layers in simple syrup! Lay your second cake layer on top of our Oscar Night candies. Repeat the buttercream, candy routine and then top your cake with the final black chocolate cake layer.
  3. For the top of your cake, pipe one ring of a shell border around the edge of the cake. This will act as a little fence to keep all your sweet treats inside. Now pile the cake mile high with all of your favourite Oscar Party snacks!

Follow Yolanda’s jaw-dropping caking creations on YouTube.


You can tune into the 88th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday February 28 on CTV!


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