This holiday season I was introduced to cake pops - a highly addictive and easy to make treat. My husband came home from work one day praising a new sweet he had tasted at work. A wife of one of his co-workers had made the cake pops and my husband was relentless to get the recipe. I'm glad he did... sort of...I've put on a few pounds because of these.
Clearly I took the liberty to use a lot of chocolate, which is why my cake pop is sporting a crew cut. They're supposed to be completely round. Some people decorate them to look like Rudolf the red nose reindeer (here).
Here's a peek at the inside of the cake pops...
The above cake pop is made with funfetti cake.
This one is made with red velvet cake. Me like-y a lot!
Here's how I made mine:
- Cake mix or make your own cake from scratch. So far, I have made cake pops with pumpkin cake, red velvet cake mix and funfetti cake mix.
- Cream cheese frosting or make your own from scratch (mix powdered sugar with cream cheese until it taste like frosting).
- Dipping Chocolate
- Paper Sucker Sticks
- Wax Paper
- Bake the cake by following the box directions or your own if making from scratch.
- When the cake has cooled, crumble the cake into small crumbs in a bowl with your hands. The cake mixture should be fine.
- Using a rubber spatula, mix in cream cheese frosting a 1/2 cup at a time. Mix in enough cream cheese frosting until the cake mixture is moist enough to roll 1" balls. You probably wont need to use all of the cream cheese frosting.
- Roll 1" balls out of the mixture and place them on a wax paper lined pan (jelly roll pan or cookie sheet).
- Stick the sticks into the center of the balls. Freeze for about 15 minutes.
- Prepare the melting chocolate by following the instructions on the bag. I melt mine in the microwave by heating and stirring in 30 second intervals until the chocolate has melted.
- Dip the pops and cover them with chocolate. Let the excess drip off (I usually skip this part).
- Place the pops back onto the wax paper with the stick facing up. Let it cool.
After Googling cake pops it turns out there are a couple of cake pop cook books and a Martha Stewart appearance. I have not had the opportunity to flip through the cook books, but I imagine there's a whole new cake pop world out there waiting for me to explore.