Wednesday, February 2, 2011

cake pops

Cake pops are nothing new.  Bakerella has made the cake pop spread around the blogsphere like wild fire.  If you have not seen her cake pop creations go take a look.  She is amazing.  Although she makes fancy cake pops you can make the basic version below and obtain the same great tasting result.  You can use homemade cake and frosting but, for large batches I go to cake mix and frosting from the store.  I often have cake scraps and frosting left over which allows me to make a handful of cake balls to have on hand.  My kids go NUTS for these.  I choose the pink on pink cake pops for a pink dessert bar at a sip and see we hosted this weekend.  They may have been the easiest dessert I made on the table but, they were also the cutest.  They brought a little whimsy to the table.

cake pops
source: bakerella

cake pop or cake balls
1 box cake mix - any flavor (used strawberry)
1 can frosting (16 oz.) - any flavor (used cream cheese)
1 package bark or candy melts (used pink candy melts)
lollipop sticks (cake pops)
styrofoam block (cake pops)
wax paper

1. Cook cake following the directions on the box for 9x13 cake.  Remove cake from oven and let cool completely.
2. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl. Mix thoroughly with one can of frosting. It is messy but, using hands gets good results.
3. Roll mixture into balls and lay on cookie sheet. I used my cookie dough scoop and then rolled with hands and got ~40 balls. If making cake pops stick lollipop stick into ball.
4. Chill or freeze for several hours.
5. Melt chocolate in microwave per directions on package.  The candy melts harden up quickly so I melt half the bag dip and then start on the other half of bag.
6. Dip balls in chocolate resting on a fork so, chocolate can drip off through the tines.  Lay on wax paper if making cake balls until firm.  For cake pop tap off excess chocolate and then stab pop into styrofoam block.
Decorate either with sprinkles if desired.


Cakewhiz said...

I agree with you...bakerella created this cake pop trend. Yours look very nice too. Simple and elegant :)

Joanne said...

Even though I am absolutely fascinated by them, I STILL have not made cake balls! They definitely do have that cute factor going for them...

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