(Original post dated December 10, 2011)
Cake Pops have been sweeping the blog world for some time now, thanks to a little blog called Bakerella.
When I first caught wind of this new trend, I thought to myself “this can’t be that hard, it involves boxed cake mix and canned frosting!”
Let’s just say I was wrong. I made my first attempt at Cake Pops a couple months ago, while testing out recipes to bring to this year’s Cookie Exchange.
It’s safe to say that I failed the first test…
The first batch was way too sticky, had way too much coarse sugar and just wasn’t what I envisioned. So over the past few weeks I’ve made some tweaks and am now have cake pops fit for a Cookie Exchange!
My final Cake Pop challenge started Thursday night when I got to work on my Red Velvet Cake Pops:
After the cake had cooled, I annihilated it with a fork and mixed in the cream cheese frosting.
Once mixed together, it was time to get down and dirty…really dirty.
That’s a result of what happens after rollin’ tiny balls all night.
Once all the cake balls had been rolled, I popped then into the freezer until last night when I had the time to dip them like the dip sh*t that I am
(This is tip #1, keep your dough balls in the freezer until JUST ready to start dipping)
When I got home today, ready to dip, I had to first prepare the dipping station.
You will need:
- Lollipop Sticks
- Frozen cake balls in a small tupperware container
- Tweezers (for placing decorative sprinkles)
- Candy Waffers
- Crockpot dip server (tip #2, this keeps the candy wafers from hardening)
- Egg cartons (with a hole cut in each space) or Styrofoam blocks (Tip #3- Styrofoam blocks work best)
In assembly line form, place a cake ball onto a lollipop stick and dip into the candy wafers that have melted in the crock pot.
Once dipped, place your sprinkle on the top (I got the snowflake and candy cane sprinkles at JoAnn’s Fabrics)
and place into the egg carton or Styrofoam to dry.
I packaged up the cake pops (in treat boxes from JoAnn’s Fabrics) and they’re ready for today’s cookie exchange