Cake Pop Time
The kids are off of school and the temperature outside is 8 degrees, so this mama is not going anywhere today!
Thankfully I always stock up on cake mixes and candy melts, so I was prepared to make a fun treat with the kids that would keep them occupied for some of the day!
I started making Cake Pops for my son years ago because he had a peanut allergy and couldn’t enjoy the ones available at the store. These are easy to make but a little time consuming, so be prepared to set aside enough time to make them from start to finish.
1/3 of a 9-by-13 inch cake - completely cooled - (you can make the cake from scratch if you’d like but Betty Crocker always does the trick for me!)
1/3 cup of frosting - (again - make your own or use store bought)
1 bag (12-16 ounces) candy melts
Sprinkles (get a variety - the more you have, the more fun it will be to decorate)
Cake pop holder - you can either buy one or use a styrofoam block and make small holes in it
Divide the cake into three sections. 1/3 of the cake will make 12 cake pops. I usually just make 12 and freeze the remaining cake.
Crumble the cake with your hands into little pieces in a mixing bowl.
Add the frosting to the crumbled cake. With the back of a large spoon, mix the cake and frosting together until combined. If too moist, add more crumbled cake to balance.
Separate and roll the mixture into small balls - the size of a tablespoon - and place them on a wax paper lined tray. Place the tray in the freezer for about 15 minutes for the balls to firm up.
When the balls are firm (not frozen), remove from the freezer and place in the refrigerator while you prepare the candy melts.
Melt your candy in a microwave safe bowl or a double boiler. To use the double boiler method - boil a small amount of water in a small pot, place a bowl on top (make sure the bowl does not touch the water), and add the candy melts. Cover the bowl and allow the candy melts to heat up. Remove the cover occasionally and stir the candy.
Once the melts are ready, take your cake balls out of the refrigerator.
Dip your lollipop stick into the candy melts and then insert the stick into the cake ball - stopping halfway. You don’t want the stick to go all the way through. Then dip the cake ball into the candy melt. Remove the coated cake pop from the bowl and let any excess coating fall into the bowl.
While the cake pops are wet, decorate with sprinkles.
Place the cake pops in the cake pop stand and let dry for about 10-15 minutes.