Thursday, May 2, 2013

DIY Cake Pops

So sorry this is late; I promised Wednesday but today was crazy. I was having contractions and had to go have them monitored. Everything is okay, though! Just paying close attention in case this baby decides to come a little early. =]
Anyway, this past Saturday was my baby shower. We put together a lot of things that followed the theme "ready to pop!" To follow along with that theme, we made and served cake pops. Let me tell you straight out - making cake pops is A LOT of work. I never would've been able to do it without the help of my mom, my mother-in-law, my aunt, and my step grandma. If you're going to do this, make sure you have a load of supportive people that will help you through it and the determination to get it done. Hopefully my little DIY tutorial will help you; it's a pretty candid account of our trial and error.

Pay special attention to the italics, that's where you can learn from our mistakes!


DIY Cake Pops:

Ingredients:
Box of cake
Tub of frosting
One package of Candy Melts
Sprinkles
Lollipop Sticks
Styrofoam
(optional) Plastic Cling Wrap
(optional) Ribbon

1. Cook the boxed cake according to directions and let it cool. 
2. Crumble cake into bits and mix with frosting. 
3. Mold cake into balls. Do not make cake balls bigger than about 3 tablespoons. If you do, the cake ball will be too heavy and the lollipop stick will poke through.
4. Stick lollipop sticks about halfway into cake balls.
5. Freeze all for at least 15 minutes. 
6. Melt the candy melts according to the directions on the package.
7. Only take as many as you can handle within 5 minutes out of the freezer and leave the others. If you take them all out then the cake will defrost and the sticks will poke through. If you leave them in the freezer and only work with a few at a time, then they will stay cold enough for the candy coating to harden and stop the stick from poking through.
8. Dip cake pop in melted candy, leaving about half of the cake pop uncovered by candy. This keeps it from being too heavy and actually gives it a pretty cute two-toned look.
9. Add sprinkles while candy is still soft and stick in styrofoam block until hardened.
10. Cover in plastic wrap and tie with ribbon.
11. Repeat with remaining cake pops.

Makes about 25 cake pops.

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