Friday, February 13, 2015

Cake Pop Tutorial

I have done one other cake pop post, but I have had several questions about how to make them so I thought I would do another.  I also wanted to post a few tips about using sticks since on my other post I didn't use sticks.  You start off my baking a regular cake (any flavor-white cake pictured here
in a 9 x 13 inch pan. You can make it from scratch or a box, depending on what you are most comfortable with. 
Once the cake is cooled completely, crumble it up into tiny crumbs (this is the fun part). You can discard (or eat), the edge pieces so there are no hard pieces in your cake balls.
Then you mix in the frosting with the crumbs. Once again, you can make the frosting from scratch or use store bought frosting.  You need about a cup of frosting. 
Roll the dough into 1 inch or 1 and a half inch balls.
Next, you are ready for the sticks. I like to use festive straws as sticks sometimes also (seen here).  I use Wilton Candy Melts, they are the best and come in so many different colors. Melt them at 50% power for 30 seconds at a time until completely melted.  I like to dip the end of the stick in the chocolate before placing it in the cake ball to keep the ball from falling off the stick when dipping it in chocolate. Then place them in the refrigerator until the chocolate is hardened.
The last step is the trickiest. It takes awhile to get the hang of it, but once you do they are pretty easy to dip.  It's helpful to tilt the chocolate container on an angle as you dip the cake pop in.  Shake off the extra chocolate before decorating and setting aside to harden.  You can decorate them however you want, but if you are using sprinkles it helps to twirl the cake pop as you sprinkle them on for more even coverage. I usually put them in the refrigerator for a little while to make sure they are hardened before I put them on a platter or package them up. Then enjoy!

Let me know how your cake balls turn out! And if they don't turn out you can always order some from me :) Check out my 'Sweets Selection' tab to learn more about sweet treats you can order from me!

I also wanted to share these super easy treats to make with candy canes and chocolate.  It is also perfect way to get rid of extra candy canes you have lying around from Christmas. All you have to do is melt chocolate (or use whatever you have leftover from the cake pops) and pour it between two candy canes (regular sized or mini) on parchment paper and sprinkle with any decorations you want.  Let it harden and you're done!  You could also add a stick if you want to create a sucker. They are seriously so easy and they look adorable!
Thanks for reading!


PS: I wanted to share these fun Valentine's I made for my first graders :) I 'mustache' you to be my Valentine.  Happy (almost) Valentine's Day!

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