Cake pop mania is going strong! Cute cake on a stick. Yes, please. Made popular by baking genius Bakerella, cake pops are now everywhere, from every food blog (I dare you to find one without a cake pop post) to Starbucks.
When cake pops look so pretty, who can resist? Especially when making them is such simple business.
Any sheet cake will do. Pick one from your favorite recipes (mine: yellow cake, chocolate cake, red velvet cake and spiced zucchini cake)
and bake it in one big ‘ol sheet pan or two rounds–whatever the
directions say. If you don’t want to make a cake from scratch, try an all-natural box mix. I did that very thing and they were super tasty.
Once your cake has cooled, use a fork to crumble the whole thing into a bowl. How easy is that?
Mix with frosting
Use your hands to mix the crumbled cake with frosting. You’ll need
about 16 ounces (or one can if you’re buying it) of frosting for every standard layer cake, which is about one box
of cake mix; two 9×9″ cakes. Or wing it! You want a mixture that’s a
gooey brownie consistency, something that’ll hold together when rolled.
Roll the cake mixture into balls about the size of a quarter. Don’t want to mess up your fresh mani? Try this cake pop mold for just $5.95. Then chill the cake balls in the fridge for a couple of hours or in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Right before the cake balls are done chilling, melt candy melts on the stove or in the microwave–this is the chocolate candy coating on cake pops.
6. Grab a stick
Dip a lollipop stick in
the melted candy coating before sticking it 2/3 of the way into a cake ball and then dip the whole cake pop into the coating. Voila, your pop art canvas!
Decorate as you wish…but don’t stress. Here, simple is good. And just as delicious.
suggests that you stick the finished cake pops into a piece of
styrofoam to dry. While this is a perfect solution for you crafty mamas who
have styrofoam blocks lying around the house, the rest of us can use a colander to dry cake pops — a genius tip I found from Quinn’s Baking Diary.
[photos via A Beautiful Mess & One Hungry Mama]