Friday, April 10, 2009

The Wonder that is Cake Pops...

I decided last night to go with Cake Pops for the Good Friday party today. I tend to get a bit fixated on things sometimes (jam, anyone?) and these have been no exception. I saw them recently on Bakerella, and I knew if I didn't try these stupid cake pops I'd wonder and whine until I did. So, better to try it out now and get it out of my system. I ran to Walmart, grabbed some cake mix and a can of butter cream frosting (I know, I know! But sometimes I only have so much time in a day!), some eggs for the cake and dying, and some small craft sticks since I couldn't find any lollipop ones and I didn't have time to shop anywhere else.

I ran home, threw the cake mix together, plopped it in a 13x9 pan and put it in the oven. When it was finished and nice and lemony smelling, I pulled it out out of the oven and let it cool. Honestly this was the hardest part for me. I have no patience, seriously none. You can't start the next step until the cake has totally cooled off, and I'm guessing I checked it 55 times before it was ready.

Once it was done (finally, stupid cake) I broke it into pieces and crumbled it with a fork in a large mixing bowl. You add about a can of frosting, but start with about 3/4 and work your way up. The density of the cake can really vary how much you need, and no one likes a soggy cake pop. Roll them into balls, I found 1.25-1.5 inch balls worked best. Any bigger and they're hard to handle, any smaller and they tend to crack on the sticks. Place the finished ones on a greased or lined cookie sheet, place in lollipop sticks (or sticks of your choice) and place in the freezer.

While in the freezer, melt either chocolate or candy melts in a double broiler (or if you're lazy like me a glass bowl over a saucepan). Pull the cake pops from the freezer and dip into the coating of your choice. I shake off the excess and then place them (stick first of course) into a Styrofoam block. This allows them to dry without the flat spot from setting them back on a sheet.

Here is the finished project! Hooray for Cake Pops!


They were a huge hit, and all the moms wanted to know how to make them. These are so simple (really, if I can do it, you can do it!) and can earn you a lot of points for style and creativity. You can play with a infinite mix of cake and frosting and decorations for the shell.

Cake Pops get a 5 star rating in my book, and I'm sure I will make some more very soon!

3 comments:

  1. CAKE ON A STICK! I am amazed by this.

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  2. Have wifey check it out! It really is easy as pie. Actually I've made pie, this is easier. I highly recommend the lemon and white chocolate.

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