So, I tried something new today. New to me, probably not new to others. Cake pops. Balls of cake and icing mixed together and coated with dipping chocolate. I think there are lots of ways to do this, and other variations to try, but here’s what I did.
Festive Fourth Cake Pops
1 Pillsbury Stars and Stripes Funfetti Cake Mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs as called for on box
1 container of Pillsbury Stars and Stripes Vanilla Frosting(with cute sprinkles on top of container)
Wooden craft sticks, or candy sucker sticks
Styrofoam, to hold the cake pops (ball, square, circle – I used a few circles and a few rectangles)
Almond Bark, or other candy coating for dipping the cake pops
and last but not least…festive SPRINKLES!
1. Make cake according to directions on package. Bake and let cool for an hour or until cake is completely cooled.
2. In a large mixing bowl, crumble cake into tiny pieces. Spoon in the vanilla icing. I started with half of the container, then added more as needed. I did end up using the entire container.
3. Mix thoroughly until combined. The mixture will be pretty dense which allows for the cake to be formed into balls.
4. Form cake and icing mixture into balls. I used a cookie dough scoop, but a spoon would work just fine with rolling the cake into balls with your hands. Arrange on a cookie sheet. Then, put cookie sheet with arranged cake balls in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
While the cake balls are in the freezer, prepare the dipping chocolate/almond bark. I have an electronic chocolate melter(because I refuse to go the microwave route), but either will work.
5. After removing the cake from the freezer, prepare your cake balls to become cake pops. Using basic wood craft sticks(or those pricey sucker sticks you can find at Michael’s) dip one end into your melted chocolate and then insert into your cake balls. I found that doing this really helped keep the ball of cake attached to the stick!
6. Dip each cake pop into your melted chocolate making sure to cover the cake completely. To get a smooth finish, try to let the excess chocolate drip off as much as possible. (Thanks Ballew. )
7. Decorate your cake pops with desired sprinkles!
Hopefully that covers it all. They are pretty simple and easy to make, and the end result is really cute and yummy. I can’t wait for it to be winter so I can make snowman and snowglobe cake pops. (I love all things wintery and christmasy!) Thank to my husband, I’ve got some great pictures of these festive cake pops! And also thanks to Ballew, who spent the afternoon in my kitchen helping me!