Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cake Pops Tutorial

I see these cute cake pops all over great blogs such as Amy Atlas, Bakerella, and a personal favorite, Couture Parties by Stephanie Grimm, and trust me many, many more... but when Stephanie shared her cake pop recipe and then asked her readers to share their attempts, I decided "why not?". I had a little extra time on my hands this past weekend (who are we kidding?) and a fondue pot in the attic that was getting a little dusty. I thought that this would make for a great day activity with the kids, and by day, yes we mean all day! It was great because the kids are able to participate in little spurts, so when they get bored they run off to play, and then join in the for the next step when called upon. Alright ladies, and gents... pull up you your sleeves because you are about to get dirty! 

I decided to keep it simple and not attempt any characters or cute themes. I am a firm believer at getting the basics down... and now, I'm ready to make these little "suckers" for a baby shower or bridal shower! I did however, do things a little differently than the instructions that Stephanie had given, but I will advise you of what I did differently as we go through the instructions.

I went to my local Target to make most of my purchases because the prices there are lower than my local grocer. Then I went around the shopping center to Michaels Craft Store and purchased the remaining items on my list. These items were as follows:
  • 1 Box of Cake Mix (any flavor)
  • 3/4 of a tub of frosting
  • 13 x 9 baking pan
  • Parchment Paper
  • Lollipop Sticks
  • Cake Melts
  • Mini Ice Cream Scoop
  • 2 Bowls
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Spoon
  1. Bake cake according to box instructions.  Cool completely.  Crumble completely into a bowl.Not going to fib, we stuck our cake outside to cool completely because it was 40 degrees outside and it kept me from having to rearrage my refrigerator. I also think it sped up the process a little bit! We also suggest doing the cake crumbling over the sink, but that also might be because we had the kids participate in this step.
  2. Mix in 3/4 of a tub of frosting thoroughly. Yes, this means wash your hands, pull up your sleeves, and get your hands dirty :)
  3. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using small ice creap scoop, scoop cake mixture. Use hands to form balls. Place onto sheet. Continue to roll balls until mixture is gone. About 45 balls from one box. Who are we kidding... ice cream scoop? Just put your hands in there. We suggest rolling them no bigger than the size of a blow pop.
  4. Chill in refrigerator for a few hours, or you can place them in the freezer for about 20 minutes, but do not forget about them! We definitely went the freezer route and set the timer on the stove. Perfection!
  5. In a deep bowl, melt candy melts in microwave according to bag instructions. Remove balls from refrigerator. Insert lollipop sticks into melted candy. Insert lollipop sticks into cake ball, making sure not to push all the way through. Okay, so we cannot confirm or deny the candy melts because we decided to bust out the good 'ole fondue pot and melt white chocolate for this step. Please make sure that if you are melting chocolate to add a teaspoon of vegetable oil and to stir constantly. This is an important step... we know! We burnt a couple batches of chocolate in the process. Oops!
  6. Once all of the balls have sticks inserted, place them back in refrigerator for 15 minutes, or freezer for 5minutes.
  7. Re-melt chocolate. Remove cake pops from refrigerator and dip the cake pops in the candy melts/chocolate. Use a spoon to cover the entire pop, gently tapping off excess. Place back onto cookie sheet (if you would like to add sprinkles, this would be the time to do that before the melted chocolate hardens).
  8. Place back into refrigerator for 15 minutes to harden.
  9. If you would like to add a second color to your pops, you can place melted chocolate/candy melt in a zip lock bag, cut a very tiny hole, and then pipe onto harden cake pops
  10. Enjoy your finished product, and of course the images of ours below!

Thanks again Stephanie for the instructions, and we hope we did not dissapoint! The kids surely loved them :) If you are looking for a little more direction... check out this video by Bakerella!

nicole brennan  .  302.545.0412  .  .  wilmington

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