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Five Kids in Six Years, No Multiples. Our House is Always Crazy, Rarely Quiet, and Full of love.

cake pop therapy

After way too much computer time on Friday & Saturday, my brain turned to mush. {Come on, did I honestly think I was going to get through my elephant-sized to-do list before hubby’s vacation was over?} I woke up Sunday morning with mush brain &┬áno desire, whatsoever, to even look in the general direction of a computer. I delightfully seized the much needed rest & spent the day going to Church, baking, reading & spending time with my family. It was so refreshing, and the Cake Pops I made were a delicious complement. I discovered Cake Pops a couple months ago, at Bakerella {a fabulous baking blog}. I initially made some for my son’s birthday party, but they were devoured long before the party started. If you’re not familiar with Cake Pops, they are delicious {semi-easy to make} treats involving cake, frosting, white chocolate & lollipop sticks. I say semi-easy, because they’re super easy, up to the dipping part. I finally started to get the hang of dipping yesterday on about the last third of Cake Pops {remember that was my second time making them, too}. So unless you have unbelievable beginner’s luck (or already possess great dipping skills), don’t expect them to turn out like Bakerella’s just yet. So, ready to make some Cake Pops? It just takes some simple ingredients…

Ingredients:

  • Cake Mix {a box of any flavor will do, I chose Devil’s Food Cake} & you’ll want the ingredients listed on the box, in my case that was:
    • 3 Eggs
    • Vegetable Oil
    • Water
  • Cake Frosting {a tub of any flavor will work, Bakerella recommended Cream Cheese Frosting, so that’s what I went with}
  • Candy Melts, Almond Bark, Chocolate Chips {anything you want to melt & dip – I started with Candy Melts & then switched to Almond Bark}
  • Lollipop Sticks {bought mine at Michael’s}

crumbling, mixing, and scooping

Directions:

  1. Mix & bake the cake according to the box’s directions. Let the cake cool completely & crumble it into a bowl.
  2. Add the tub of frosting to the crumbled cake & mix well.
  3. Roll the mixture into balls (appx. 1 in. in diameter) & place on a wax paper (or parchment paper) covered cookie sheet
  4. - I used a cookie scoop :: Note: Hubby got into the cake before it cooled, so I didn’t have a full cake to crumble — this made my mixture extra sticky & not that easy to roll, so I just used the cookie scoop to place piles on the parchment paper & then rolled them into smooth balls after cooling them in the freezer.

    after I took the cake balls out of the freezer.... half have been rolled smooth, while the other half look like they did when I put them on the tray

  5. Stick the cookie tray with the cake balls into the freezer for 15-20min., so they can firm up a bit.
  6. Melt the chocolate, according to the directions on the package (I like to microwave the chocolate pieces at 30 second intervals, stirring in between).
  7. When the chocolate is melted, it is time to take the cake balls out of the freezer, coat them in the melted chocolate & stick them with the lollipop stems. This will be the hardest step, my friends. Look for my tips below.
  8. Let the chocolate coating cool/dry on the Cake Pops (Bakerella recommends sticking the Cake Pops into a styrofoam block to dry – I didn’t have one, so I just held them until they were solid to the touch & then laid them on a plate).
  9. Bite & Enjoy!!

my different coating experiments.... the one on the far right was when I started to get the hang of it

I can’t begin to explain how delicious these are. The dipping is definitely the hardest part, but definitely worth it. Besides making the Cake Pops even tastier, the coating helps the pops from sticking to each other (or their storage container), to retain their shape & not become mushy (making them easier & less messy to eat). I had a very difficult time with the Candy Melts (pictured above in ingredients photo). The melted mixture was fairly thick, so after struggling to get two fully-coated Cake Pops, I only dipped half of each cake ball into the melted candy. When the melted candy was gone, I switched to melted Almond Bark, which is when I really started to get the hang of things. The Almond Bark was much thinner when melted, which definitely made things easier. Here’s what worked for me:

After I melted the Almond Bark, I took the last tray of cake balls out of the freezer. [The fact that hubby had a couple of pieces of the cake might have actually helped, because with less cake, the mixture was creamier & therefore, firmed better in the freezer than my first batch. This might have also helped with the dipping.] I rolled the balls of cake to make them more round. Then, I dipped the lollipop stick into the melted Almond Bark & pushed it into a cake ball. Then, I placed the cake ball into the melted Almond Bark, with the lollipop stick straight up in the air. I used a spoon to scoop the melted Almond Bark from the sides of the container, which I poured over any uncovered cake. Then, I slightly tilted the lollipop stick & lifted the Cake Pop out of the Almond Bark. Still holding the stick at a slight angle, I rotated the Cake Pop in my hand, allowing the excess coating to drip off. Sometimes, I’d tap the side of the container with the stick, allowing the coating to come off easier – but not too hard, or the cake will fall off! As I did a couple of these, I’d get to where I could hold three or four Cake Pops in my hand while they dried, or at least until they were dry enough to lay down on a plate. I used a dish that was about 3.5″ wide, 3.5″ tall & 3.5″ deep, for my melted Almond Bark. I used 6 bars, which when melted, filled the dish about 3/4 full. When I finished dipping the last 15 (the only ones I did in Almond Bark), I still had about half the melted mixture left.

Overall, this made 37 Cake Pops for me (if I would have had the whole cake, it probably would have been more like 50). I didn’t do anything exciting to decorate my Cake Pops, afterall, I’m just getting the basics down. However, you can get all kinds of inspiration at Bakerella’s Pop Stars area, or in her soon to be released book. You can read about the book here, or at Amazon, where you can pre-order it. You really should check out what all people have done to jazz these up – talk about talent!!

3 Responses to cake pop therapy

  1. Michelle says:

    These sound delicious, Kayla. I'm not a big baker, but this sounds do-able…even if the dipping is a little hard. (Or I can always have my daughter do it for me :) … she loves to bake, lucky me.) I totally get the brain-turning-to-mush thing, bytheway. I ALWAYS feel like that when I finish a project (as a freelance writer). Treats DEFINITELY help. Plus, we deserve it after all that hard work, right?

  2. Tashmica says:

    I tell my family that the rule to mommy's new recipes is that the first time it's going to suck. It was practice. After that, it starts to get better. :) These are cute and look yummy.

  3. bellafaith says:

    @Tashmica That is a good rule to tell the family! Thankfully, these taste great – even if they don't turn out pretty!

    @Michelle These are very doable & super delicious! I hope my daughters like to bake. My 3 yr old likes to help “stir” and add ingredients, but that's the extent of it. Treats are definitely a great reward after a project. I also reward myself with extra sleep!

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