Top Left: Showing some Boise State Bronco Love
Top Right: Confetti Balls
Middle: Popcorn Bags (these where for my sons, drive-in themed birthday)
Bottom Left: Falcon Pride (my kids go to Vallivue)
Bottom Right: St. Patrick's Day Theme
I was very busy this past weekend making Cake Pops for my son's baseball team fundraiser
and for my other sons birthday party.
8 dozen cake pops didn't sound so bad until I got into it.....
I would like to say I will never do that again, but I know I would be lying!
Here is a quick how-to on Cake Pops in case you would like to give them a try,
I have to say I really enjoyed making them and they were a huge hit!
WHAT YOU NEED:
- 1 Cake Mix (your choice) - 1 cake mix makes 48 cake pops
- 1 Can of Frosting (your choice)
- 32oz of Candy Coating (2lbs)
- 48 Sucker Sticks
- You can make a homemade cake, I just find that boxed cake mixes are dryer which make better cake pops.
- If you choose to make a homemade cake, be sure to cook it longer to dry it out a bit.
- Mix cake as directed on box and bake in a 13x9 pan
- Let fully cool
- Once cooled, crumble cake into a bowl by rubbing it between your hands.
- Be sure to break up any large chunks
- Mix frosting into the crumbled cake.
- Start with 1/2 of the can of frosting and add more as needed.
- You want the mixture to be wet enough to stick together
- Adding to much frosting will make the cake mixture very heavy and wont stay on the sticks very well.
- Form the mixture into 48 balls
- Place on a large cookie sheet covered in parchment paper
- Place in the freezer just until firm (NOT FROZEN)
- Once the Cake Pops have firmed up, remove from freezer and form into whatever shape you are wanting to make
- If you are making traditional Cake Pops, just roll the ball in your hands to make it as perfectly round as possible.
- The smoother the surface the prettier the chocolate will coat
- Melt your candy coating in the microwave following the instructions on the package
- I like to use a coffee cup to melt my candy in when making Cake Pops, it is nice to have a deep container so it is easy to dunk the Cake Pops into the coating.
- Only work with about 16oz of candy coating at a time, the coating will cool quickly & become to thick to use when dipping well chilled Cake Pops, so you only want a small amount at a time
- Take 1 lollipop stick at a time & dip into the candy coating about 1/2 inch
- Insert the stick into a cake ball no more than halfway through the cake ball
- Place back into the freezer to fully set
- This is a very important step, the melted chocolate on the stick help adhere to the cake pop which helps keep the cake pop in place when dunking into the candy coating.
- Now you are ready to dip!
- A few tips before you begin:
- make sure the cake balls are chilled & firm, if room temperature they are likely to fall of the stick when dipping
- Don't let the cake balls freeze, if frozen the cake will expand as it thaws cracking the candy coating after dipped.
- Be sure to have some Styrofoam ready to poke the coated Cake Pops into so they can dry
- Holding the lollipop stick with the cake ball attached, dip the entire cake ball into the candy coating
- Make sure the candy coating covers the entire cake ball and meets the lollipop stick.
- This will help secure the cake ball to the stick
- Hold the dipped cake pop above the candy coating allowing any excess to drip off.
- Gently tap the lollipop stick on the side of the cup to help shake off the extra
- Stick into the Styrofoam to fully dry
- Repeat until all Cake Pops are complete
- Once the Candy coating is dry you can decorate as you would like
- If you are wanting to add sprinkles or colored sugar you will want to apply to the freshly dipped cake pop before the candy coating has a chance to set.
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