Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cake PoPs!

A friend of mine asked me to make cake pops for a colleague's Birthday and of course I said I'd do it! I decided to make two different kinds: Funfetti and Dark Chocolate!

Here's what you need to make Funfetti Cake Pops:
  • Funfetti Cake Mix
  • Eggs
  • Oil
  • Water
  • Colorburst Candy Melts
  • Lollipop Sticks
  • Sprinkles
  • Funfetti Frosting
  • Mini Muffin Liners
You will need a medium-large mixing bowl.
    Mix the funfetti cake ingredients together until combined.
    Prepare your baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray. Pour the prepared batter into the dish.
    Ready to go!
    Bake your cake according to the package directions.
    Once the cake has finished baking, let it cool for about 20-25 minutes. Then carefully take the cake out of the dish. (It's okay if it breaks in half when you try to take it out) Now you want to put the cake on a flat surface--a cutting board would work. Take a knife and cut the top thin layer of cake (skin) off of the cake, and do the same to the bottom. The skin of the cake does not like to form into balls well. So this part is pretty important. 

    Next, put the cake into a large bowl and fluff with a fork until it looks like this...

    Now grab your frosting and prepare a pan with parchment/wax paper to put the cake balls on. 

    Put about 1/2 tub of funfetti frosting into the crumbled cake. You may use up to 3/4 tub if you want it to be more moist. (This might make it too moist for some people though)
    I used a tablespoon to make sure the cake balls were all the same size. Scoop a tablespoon of cake into your hand and roll the cake into a ball. This is tougher than it sounds! It helps a lot if every few balls you rinse your hands in cold water (then dry them). You don't want your hands to get too warm forming the balls or it doesn't work as well. After you form all of the cake balls, place into the freezer until they get a little firm--about 20 minutes.
    Okay, this is awesome. I made a cake pop dryer stand with a UPS box! I punched 40 holes into this box and it worked really well for drying the cake pops! 
    Next, grab your colorburst candy melts. Only melt a small amount to start out. 
    Take your cake balls out of the freezer and grab your lollipop sticks. Dip the end of the stick into the colorburst candy melts and put the stick about half way into the ball. The melted candy will act as a glue.
    Melt the rest of your candy melts. I just love how it looks with all the colors!
    Now carefully dip the top of the cake pop into the melts and I used a spoon to help cover the rest. Then add sprinkles (or don't). With the colorburst candy melts you don't have to use sprinkles, but I did on a few. =)

    Time to make dark chocolate cake pops!

    Here's what you'll need:
    • Chocolate Cake Mix
    • Oil
    • Eggs
    • Dark Chocolate (or fudge) Frosting
    • Dark Cocoa Candy Melts
    • Walnuts
    • Lollipop Sticks 
    • Mini Muffin Liners
    The directions are the same as making the funfetti cake pops. You will need a medium-large bowl. Mix the chocolate cake ingredients together until combined.
    Pour pour prepared batter into a pan that's been sprayed with non-stick spray.
    Now grab a large bowl. This is how the cake looks after I cut the top and bottom layer of skin off.
    Now fluff up the cake with a fork.
    Add 1/2 tub of the dark chocolate frosting into the cake. Mix together with a fork or your hands. The first couple times I made cake pops I used my hands, it gets very messy but it works. I think using a fork works just as well and you don't waste some of the goodness on your hands that way. =)
    Now roll the cake into tablespoon size balls. Remember: rinse your hands in cold water after every few balls or they will start to stick to your hands and not form as well.
    Melt a little bit of your dark cocoa candy melts. Dip your lollipop sticks into the melts and then into the cake balls (about 1/2 way into the ball) Freeze for about 20 minutes.
    Time to prepare the walnuts! Toast the walnuts at 300 degrees for about 5-7 minutes.
    Finely chop the nuts after they've been toasted.
    This part was fun. =) Have your walnuts in one bowl and your chocolate in another. Also, have your drying stand nearby.
    Now dip the cake pop into the chocolate and use the spoon to help cover the whole ball.
    Sprinkle the walnuts over top!
    Aren't they cute. =)
    So delicious! These were a hit too, moist rich chocolate flavor. I definitely needed a glass of milk with these!
    I made some with walnuts, and some without.
    The inside!
    I had a great time making these and I hope you all do too! =) 
     Made with love


    Chris K. said...

    The team I am on with Blake didn't get a single one. Why were we left out?

    SutiYo said...

    Because you don't deserve them!

    Words Of Deliciousness said...

    How fun! I love the cake pop, they look yummy!

    Unknown said...

    I'll remember that SutiYo next time you send a request over.

    SutiYo said...

    Touché Unknown, Touché.

    Pam said...

    Cute & tasty!

    Kris said...

    Hey Angela,
    Thanks for coming to visit me at Simplify! I love finding another foodie! Your cake pops look great!

    Russell at Chasing Delicious said...

    Cute! I've always wanted to make cake pops. It looks like you may have inspired me to do so.

    Sutira said...

    They were tasty! This really helped me to understand how they end up moist :P

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