Valentines Cake Pops 2012

2 Apr

My daughter has been obsessed with watching YouTube videos on cake pops (I don’t know how she gets there, she’s only 3…)  So this Valentines, I gave it a try.

I bought a cake pop bake pan, from Nordicware, but that one didn’t turn out well…  I used the recipe on the packaging, but it didn’t taste good, and it didn’t look good…  I will give it a try again soon, but as for now, I’m going to use the traditional method.

1.  Bake the cake.

I used the Duncan Hines cake in a box (Butter cake.)  Just bake it according to the directions on the box.  Set it aside and let it cool.

2.  Make the cake mix.

Crumble the cake into a large bowl.  Add icing.  I used 1 tub of Duncan Hines butter cream icing.  Mix it all up evenly so the mixture is moist enough to hold together.

3.  Make the cake balls.

Take just about 1 ice cream scoop-ful (not too big) of the mix onto your palms and make a ball.  If the mix is too dry to form a ball, add more icing in the mix.  Line them up on a baking pan.  Place the baking pan in the refrigerator.

Cake balls to go into the fridge

Cake balls to go into the fridge

4.  Make the candy coating melts.

I used the Wilton “Candymelts.”  Melt it in the microwave as instructed on the package.  Melt only a bout 1/2 cup for now, because we only need it to hold the sticks in place.

5.  Take the pops out from the fridge.  Dip lollipop sticks in the melted candymelt, and stick it in the balls (center.)  Do not stick all the way through.  Just about 2/3.

Lollipop sticks in place

Lollipop sticks in place

6.  Place the baking pan (with the pops on it) back into the refrigerator so the pops hardens, about 20 min.

7.  Prep the assembly line.

Prepare sprinkles and decorations in bowls.  Prepare a Styrofoam brick for pop station.  I wrapped a floral foam brick with foil, then pre made holes with a toothpick.  I used foil, because I don’t like the foam bits to get all over the kitchen.

8.  Melt more candymelts.

Melt candmelts that would be used to coat the balls.  I melted several different colors in different bowls.  Set it along the assembly line.

9.  Coat the pops.

Get the pops out from the fridge, and dip it in the melted candymelts.  If you want to add sprinkles or decorations, add them to the pops right after you coat them, before the coat dries.  (they dry up within a minute, so have everything lined up, and work fast.)  If the candymelts is too thick, put it back in the microwave.  You can add a little bit of vegetable shortening to the coat mix to make it smoother.  Stick the coated pops into the pop station for drying.  If you don’t have the pop station, you can set them down on a wax sheet, stick up, flat bottom.  The great thing about this is that you can be as creative as you want.  It doesn’t have to be round to be a cake pop!

Coke pops!

Coke pops!

Wrapped up for class Valentines treats!
Wrapped up for class Valentines treats!

Valentines treats
Valentines treats

Yey!  Cake pops done!  They are cute, and so much fun to make.

However, it was WAY too sweet.  With the cake-in-the-box, icing, and candymelt coating, my kids were bouncing off the walls with the sugar rush.  Next time, I would definitely try the other method, which is to bake the cake balls (using the cake pop baking pan), and eliminate the icing to form a ball.  Or bake the cake without any sugar if using the icing method.

Either way, it is definitely a kid pleaser and I can’t wait to make them again.

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