I’ve mentioned in the past that I love Love LOVE Bakerella‘s blog. So many creations, so many delicious desserts….so very little time! So really it was only a matter of time before I tried my hand at Cake Pops. I even bought her book for myself just after Christmas (I think I had the intention of making it back then for one of the various Christmas parties I was going to, but….well… you know….procrastionation…..)
In short, cake pops are cake balls on a stick. I’m serious! What a fantastic idea, huh?! Her book is filled with cute images of tiny cupcakes, animals, objects – you name it. I have a character in mind (actually several) to eventually create, but for the mean time this is just my “practice” creations. I want to see if I can actually do this….
To begin with, I baked a French vanilla cake from a box mix. After allowing this to cool completely, I crumbled down the cake finely into tiny crumbs. Use your hands and then use a fork to break down the bigger bits. Add in 1/3 cup of frosting (your choice – I chose vanilla) and incorporate until the frosting is completely absorbed into the cake.
Now pinch off about 2″ of cake and roll into little balls, set aside on a cookie sheet.
Once this is all done put all the cake balls in the fridge for several hours (I kept it over night) or the book suggests you can put it in the freezer for 15 minutes. You want the balls to be firm, but not frozen.
Now onto the fun part. The candy coating. Okay, this is what I originally thought was the fun part…. let me explain. It is fun when you do this part properly. It is absolutely horrific when you get it wrong and the smell of burnt vanilla wafers emits itself from the depth of the microwave. Wrong when you over eagerly hit the 1 minute button, instead of carefully watching the process melt down SLOWLY! Slowly, meaning hitting the 30 second button and examining the wafers so that it comes out a glossy liquid – instead of what I originally did….hard, burnt and completely unusable. SIGH!!!!
So I scrapped that and started all over again. Thank you for the foresight, at least, to buy a second bag of Merckens wafers.
Dip the end of a candy stick partially into the melted candy coating – this helps the cake ball stick on to the stick. Then gently insert stick half way into cake ball. At this point, dip into the candy coating. Careful to do this in one coating all over, as too much can pull the ball of the stick … I did this a few time over (and why it’s good to make lots of extras!). Stick completed coated cake pops into a styrofoam to dry. (Pre-press holes into the styrofoam before hand – it’s a small step, but it’s helpful)
Because this is my first attempt at making cake pops, I wasn’t all too prepared to create my characters. So I just made up happy people. Fondant eyes that I dotted with black edible ink and painted on smiles. Done!!
I know I need to practice some more (especially since I promised to make these in June for my daughter’s dance recital bake sale), and there are some characters I’d love to challenge myself in to making in the near future once I assemble all the supplies in creating them – keep posted.
And although this is a lengthy process, this is definitely a fun and tasty way to have your cake. Enjoy.