A while back, all of the pastors wives came to my house for a brunch and some fun girl time. There was only nine of us girls so I got to make some chick food (something I love to do but very seldom get too) and to try something new I have been working on…..cake pops! This is not an original idea at all, they have been around for a while and perfected by many bakers before me, but still, I thought I would post the recipe and tell you some of the tricks of the trade so you can try them too!
I had my first cake pop a few months ago at Starbucks, they were fabulous! I had been wanting to try my hand at making them myself, but never seemed to have the time for experimental cooking if you know what I mean. I googled “cake pops” and read as much as I could before I started so they wouldn’t be a total flop……but….they were a flop anyway! (I have learned to NEVER experiment on your guests. It saves the embarrassment for you and them!) The first time I made them, I used a strawberry cake mix with strawberry icing (big mistake). The artificial strawberry flavor was not very good at all, as a matter of fact, it was pretty nasty tasting. It was kind of funny watching my kids, one by one, try my new cake pops and try not to hurt my feelings while trying to tell me they weren’t very good. Devin, on the other hand, had no problem with that, he took a bite and immediately spit it out in his plate and said, “yuck, that’s nasty!” after I popped him in the back of the head, I went back to work. I knew they werent very good but he didnt need to have such a good time telling me! There was no way I was stopping now!
Lets get to the “how to” part and then I will finish the rest of my story.
-1 box cake mix….any kind but strawberry 😉
-1 container of ready made icing…sold beside the cake mixes. You should choose an icing flavor that will complement the cake flavor you have chosen. I used chocolate with chocolate cake, cream cheese icing with white or yellow cake,
oh yeah, and strawberry icing with strawberry cake (not a fan).
– 1 bag candy wafers, any flavor or color is fine….I found mine at Hobby Lobby.
– candy sprinkles (optional)
– 1 bag of lollipop sticks…I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby.
– a piece of styrophome or a cardboard box with holes punched in it to hold the cake pops while they are drying.
Thats it!! Ok, here’s what ya do.
Bake the cake mix in a 9×13 Pyrex according to directions on the box. Let it cool completely. After it has cooled, take the cake and tear it…crumble it…into a large mixing bowl. After the cake is crumbled in to small crumbs, add about 1/3 of the container of icing. Some recipes say to use 1/2 of the container but that is really too much, the cake balls will be too soft and not stay on the sticks (that was my other mistake!) Once you have added the iceing you will need to stir it in….incorporate it into the cake crumbs until it is a soft, thick consistency, thick enough to form a ball and hold it’s shape.
To make the balls, use a small cookie scoop so they will all be the same size. Carefully but firmly roll each ball, about 1 1/2 inch in diameter, in your hands until it is firm, round and smooth. Once you have used up all of the cake, put the balls in the refrigerator for about thirty minutes to let them get nice and firm. One cake mix will make about 35 cake pops.
After the balls have cooled in the refrigerator it’s time to insert the sticks! Melt the candy wafers in the microwave according to package directions. Use a small but deep class bowl, I used a two cup pyrex measuring cup. Once it is melted, dip the end of the stick in the melted candy and then stick it into the cake ball. This serve as a glue to hold the cake on the sticks. Once you put the stick in, place the cake pop on a cookie sheet with the stick sticking straight up. After they have all been done, place them back in the refrigerator for about ten minutes.
After they have been in the refrigerator for ten minutes, it’s time to dip them in the melted candy! This is the fun part! Take each pop by the stick and carefully dip each one in the melted candy. Carefully dip it straight down…up and down…that works best! Now, gently tap the stick in the side of the bowl to shake of any excess candy (be careful not to tap to hard on one side, gently twirl it while you are tapping so it doesn’t fall off). Now carefully place the stick part of the pop in the styrofoam or cardboard box, so it can dry. Now is the time to add any sprinkles or sugar crystals if you like. I like!
To save money, I went into the attic and found an old Wiifit box and punched holes in it with an ice pick and it worked perfectly!! Remember, I am married to the world’s tightest man!! I guess he’s rubbing off on me!
After they are all done, put them back in the refrigerator for a while to let them set up nice and firm!
After my first try at making cake pops had turned out to be such a nasty mess, and Devin made a big deal about it, my next try was a hit! I used yellow cake mix with cream cheese icing and pink candy coating with white sprinkles. They were so cute….they looked just like the ones at Starbucks and girls at the brunch said they tasted BETTER than Starbucks! Wow! Now it was time for Bro. Devin to try one. (I have to admit, he looked kinda funny eating a little pink ball of cake with white sprinkles!) This time, he ate it real slow, savoring every bite and said, “now THAT’S good!” Finally I had conquered the cake pop and had Devin asking for more! Ah, sweet success.
Now it’s your turn! After you have amazed your family and friends, please drop me a line and tell me all about it. Happy baking!!