Daily Food Porn: Heather’s Hedgehog

by Ben Miller

A Chocolate Hedgehog Cake for Heather

A Chocolate Hedgehog Cake for Heather

My coworker Heather left New America last week to go and work full-time at Critical Exposure, a nonprofit she co-founded that uses photography to advocate for quality education. Heather likes hedgehogs, and since it’s illegal to own one in the District of Columbia, I put together a chocolate one instead. Best of luck Heather!

This recipe is so easy you basically don’t even cook anything.

Chocolate Hedgehog Cake

from Kraftfoods.com

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. of cream cheese
  • 2 bars of Tolberone chocolate
  • 6 squares Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1.5 cups whipped topping (aka Cool Whip)
  • 18 Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies
  • 2 dried apricots
  • 2 white chocolate chips
  • 1 jelly bean
  • string licorice (if you like the stuff, I don’t so didn’t use it)

Instructions:

  1. Melt the chocolate (I used a double boiler). Whip the cream cheese until it is fluffier, then add in the sugar and melted chocolate. Once it is combined add in the whipped topping. This creates a ganache-like substance that you’ll use to cover the hedgehog.
  2. Take 16 of the cookies and divide them into groups of eight. Between each cookie slather a bit of the ganache mixture so that it holds together. Place the two groups of eight cookies side by side. This will be the hedgehog’s body
  3. In between the two sets of cookies, add the last two chocolate chip cookies that are also stuck together with ganache mixture. This will serve as the face of the hedgehog,
  4. Take the ganache mixture and cover all of the hedgehog’s body and face. I didn’t end up using all of mine, but make sure you have enough left over for any later touch up work.
  5. Take the apricots and cut them to look like feet. Place them on either side of the hedgehog body. Also take the white chocolate chips and place them on the face. Then put a small dab of the ganache mixture for pupils.
  6. Break the Tolberone bar into triangles and place them all over the body to create quills.
  7. Place some ganche on the jelly bean and situate it in front of the face so that it looks like a nose.

I actually can’t speak to how good this tastes because no one wanted to cut into it it was so cute.

2 responses to “Daily Food Porn: Heather’s Hedgehog

  1. This is awesome.

  2. Hedgehogs, cake and chocolate: what a combination!

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