It probably goes without saying that I’m a pretty big fan of cake. I’ve developed a bit of a reputation for my cupcakes, but until today I’d never attempted the latest trend: cake pops. To be honest, I’d only even had them once, when I won them at an Atlanta Marketers Association Wine Tasting. And if I remember correctly, I wasn’t that excited about it. I assumed they were more cute than they were delicious, and envied the $50 iTunes gift card someone else got. But when I tasted them, they were really good. Much better than I was expecting. And now that I’ve made them, I know why. It’s because there’s frosting mixed in with the cake in that ball. Sneaky, right?
Jason and I voted and it was unanimous: these are the cutest baked good of the year so far.
I think they’re the most delicious, too. I loved the pretzels, but my heart will always belong to chocolate. And these were decadently fudgy. They’re better than cupcakes, to be honest. Of course, they’re also more mess and more work. But you can make them in almost any color, and decorate them a million ways, making them the perfect thing to make for baby showers and other themed get-togethers.
1) Gather your materials. You need a box of cake (any flavor- I used chocolate), the eggs and oil to make the cake, a can of frosting (I used store-bought fudge flavor- I’m sure homemade would be even better), candy melts in the color of your choice, lollipop sticks, and any decorations or embellishments you want.
2) Bake your cake. Let it cool a bit before crumbling it up in a bowl.
3) Mix the frosting in with the cake. If you are using homemade, I’d estimate that I used about a cup and a half for the whole box of cake.
4) Roll into little balls and freeze for 30+ minutes. My balls were about an inch and a half in diameter. They’re pretty gooey at this stage; don’t worry- it’s normal.
5) Melt the candies and 1 tbsp. canola oil per bag. You’ll need more than one bag to do the whole batch! Put them in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until they’re melted. Be careful not to over-microwave. Dip your lollipop stick in the candy before sticking it 2/3 of the way into a ball. Reshape the ball as needed.
6) Wait a moment while the chocolate at the base of the pop hardens. This happens pretty quickly, since the balls are so cold. Then dip the pop into the melted candy. Let excess drip off, then add any desired embellishments. As you can see, I used rainbow sprinkles.
7) Let outer shell harden, and enjoy! Note that you’ll want something to hold the pops up while they harden. A styrofoam block is perfect.
Inspired by this post from one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess.