Just about everyone has heard of Instagram, the highly popular social sharing app for photos. And just about everyone has been using it for months now. Everyone except Android users (i.e., Drew and myself). So imagine our inner nerd excitement when last week it was announced that after months of development, Instagram was now available for download on the Android device. Hurrah! I’d always admired friends’ Instagram albums on Facebook (special shout-out to @ktmel for some of the most beautiful photos of #anappleaday I’ve ever seen). Now Drew and I can finally join in on the fun.
I thought I was a bit of a photo snob before, but having Instagram on my phone for a little over a week has opened a whole new can of worms (good worms, mind you). I’ve always clicked away pics of my food at restaurants before digging in. Drew and I both took photos of our meal during a date night at JCT Kitchen not too long ago. Because the lighting is very dim, we had to use flash. You can imagine the other patrons’ looks of dismay as the room momentarily lit up like a flash of lightning. Clearly they aren’t going to be downloading Instagram anytime soon.
In addition to trying out Instagram for the first time, I tried something else new last night: cake pops. You’ve probably heard of them, “popping” up all over Pinterest; one woman has become a household name in the baking world for her creations. I’ve always wanted to make them, and a co-workers upcoming bridal shower seemed to be as good a reason as any. After scanning through half a dozen tutorials, I found this one.
Making the ball shapes turned out to be surprisingly easy. It was almost too fun to bake a cake, then “ruin” it by chopping it up into crumbs. Dipping them into the baking chocolate turned out to be another story. They turned out to be balls instead of pops since I couldn’t get them to stay on the lollipop sticks without sliding off. Thankfully the sprinkles seemed to have covered up most of the texture inconsistencies. I’ll definitely be making another attempt at them, but will use a cake flavor other than chocolate so it doesn’t show through as much. Most importantly, my taste tester approved! I think he’s quite sad I had to take them to work.