Your Serve: Make Tennis Cake Pops for the U.S. Open

08/22/2013 at 02:18 PM ET

U.S. Open Tennis Ball Cake Balls
Courtesy Taste of Tennis

Even if you can’t serve the ball with the best of them at the 2013 U.S. Open, you, too, can score with these tasty treats right at home.

In the spirit of the final Grand Slam event of the year, which kicks off Monday, celebrity chef David Burke and pastry guru Zac Young are whipping up tennis-themed white chocolate treats, complete with tequila and key lime juice. Guests at Thursday’s 14th annual BNP Paribas Taste of Tennis in N.Y.C. will get a chance to sample the Williams sisters-worthy confections as well as a variety of dishes created by tennis stars and celeb chefs alike. (Veteran chef Marcus Samuelsson is co-hosting the event with – who else? – tennis pro Serena Williams.)

You game? We adapted the recipe into a cake pop dessert that’s sure to get your fans cheering:

Tennis Cake Balls
1 package yellow cake mix or store-bought prepared cake
1 container (16 oz.) lemon frosting
1 oz. tequila, optional
1 bag white chocolate chips
White lollipop sticks
Yellow food coloring

1. Prepare cake according to package directions, and crumble into a bowl. Stir in frosting and tequila until well combined, and chill mixture for at least an hour in the refrigerator.

2. Once chilled, use a small scoop to form the cake mixture into balls. Push a lollipop stick into each ball. Place on parchment paper and refrigerate for about an hour, or until firm.

3. Melt white chocolate chips in a double boiler or the microwave. Scoop out ¼ cup of melted chocolate, and set aside. Add 2-3 drops of yellow food coloring to the remaining white chocolate, and stir until completely yellow. Working in small batches, dip the cake pops in the yellow chocolate, and pipe two semi-circles on each with the reserved white chocolate.

—Alison Schwartz

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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