March 17, 2011

Cake Pops *Updated*

I have seen cake pops around on food blogs and on Bakerella and never really thought about making them myself. My Hubsie and I just visited my eldest brother in Chicago and we stopped at a Starbucks and they had them there and it was some sort of "happy hour" so we got free cake pops with our drinks...omg totally yum! So now that I had a cake pop I thought it was time to make them, since really they are quite easy, and St. Patrick's Day is upon us and they seemed like a fun friend-get-together treat. So I tried my hand at making cake pops.

My "Birthday Cake Pop" from Starbucks

Basic Cake Pops
(from Bakerella)

1 box cake mix, made according to directions for a 9X13 cake pan
1 (16 oz.) can frosting
1 lb. package chocolate candy melts
Lollipop sticks
Wax Paper

  1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
  2. Mix thoroughly with 1 can frosting. (I use the back of a large spoon, but it may be easier to use fingers to mix together. But, be warned, it will get messy. Also, you may not need the entire can of frosting, so start out by using almost the entire can and add more if you need to.)
  3. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50) (Mine made 30 cause I made them bigger.)
  4. Melt chocolate in the microwave per directions on package. (30 sec intervals, stirring in between.)
  5. Dip the tip of your lollipop stick in a little of the melted candy coating and insert into the cake balls. (Insert a little less than halfway.)
  6. Place them in the freezer for a little while to firm up. (About 15-20 minutes)
  7. Once firm, carefully insert the cake ball into the candy coating by holding the lollipop stick and rotating until covered. Once covered remove and softly tap and rotate until the excess chocolate falls off. Don’t tap too hard or the cake ball will fall off, too.
  8. Place in a styrofoam block to dry.
I think the best thing about these cute cake pops, besides them being really yummy, is you can change it up and make whatever kind of cake you want and use different frostings or even flavor the candy melts to taste however you want it to taste. I used a marble cake mix with chocolate frosting, I know the Birthday Cake Pop from Starbucks was yellow cake. So you can make it however you want, with whatever your favorite cake flavor is. I think these would be super cute for a bridal shower or baby shower, make wedding cake pops with white cake and use pretty non-perils on them for decoration, so fun! You can do anything with these!

Check out Bakerella, she makes tons of different shapes and uses all kinds of cake mixes and whatnot. She even has a cookbook about them called Cake Pops!


Classy Cake Pops

I made some new cake pops for a get-together with Funfetti cake and Cream Cheese frosting. I used dark chocolate and vanilla flavored candy melts to dip them and some non-perile sprinkles to make them look classy and fun for a party!

Next time you are having a shindig, think about making some cake pops! Your guests will think they are super fun...cause they are!

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!