Thursday, March 6, 2014

It Isn't a Party If It Isn't a CakePop Party

A few months ago, I took a class in Queens on how to make cakepops.

They were so delicious and it was so much fun, I decided it would be a great excuse to have some friends over.

Okay, now here's the truth, making cakepops is pretty time-consuming.

To make 24 Cake Pops you will need:

  • Boxed cake mix (I think Duncan Hines works best)
  • 9" x 13" cake pan
  • Ready-made Frosting (regular is best, not whipped)
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Baking Sheet
  • Paper Towel
  • Candy Melter (a double boiler or a deep microwavable bowl will work too)
  • Sticks (4" or 6" are better)
  • Toothpicks
  • Foam Board or a CakePop Stand
  • Candy Melts
  • Decorations (colored sugar, sprinkles, crushed cookies, etc)

Step 1: The Cake

You want to make the cake as directed with one exception. You only want to use 1/4 cup oil, no matter what the instructions say. The more oil in the cake, the more likely the cake pops will leak.

When the cake has cooled, put it in a large tupperware for a few hours (or overnight if you have the time).

Since I was going to want more than 24 cakepops, I made more cakes. I baked them on Friday so they'd be all ready on Saturday.

Step 2: Shaping the Cake Balls

I got all my supplies together.

All the friends came over, we popped open a bottle of wine, and got started.

The first thing you do is crumble the cake by hand. 

When it's all crumbled (no large lumps or clumps), add 2-3 tablespoons of the ready made frosting. Mix it thoroughly. You want the cake to be moist and bind together easily, but not mushy or sticky. Add 2 tablespoons first and then if it needs more add one more. It's easier to add more frosting than more cake.

Then roll the cake into balls. 

Once your cake balls are smooth (no cracks!) and well shaped (not too big and not too small!), put them all on a paper towel lined baking sheet or some paper towel lined plates. 

Then refrigerate for at least two hours.

We ate some veggies and watched Frozen

Step 3: Dipping the Cake Pops

Melt your candy melts! Make sure the candy melts are in a deep enough bowl for you to fully submerge your cakepops, this is important. 

Then pull out your cake balls.

Dip the tip of your stick into the candy melt. 

Then put your stick 3/4 of the way through the cake pop. 

Submerge the cakepop into the candy melt and shake (lightly) off the excess candy. 

Decorate as you see fit and prop your cakepop on the stand or foam board to dry. (I bought the Disney Princess Sprinkles to stick with the Frozen theme).

Now, you are bound to have some struggles. 

If your cake balls are too big, the weight of the candy could pull them off the stick. If your cake balls are cracked, they'll break apart. 

These were our mis-fires.

Let them sit and cool for at least 20 minutes before wrap them in up for storage. Or before you eat. 

It was a fun party.

Even the dogs had a treat.


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