Saturday, February 4, 2012

Football Cake Pops

I love football. I was kind of raised to love football. Growing up, every Saturday in the fall was dedicated to watching the Ohio State Buckeyes play. During half time we listened to TBDBITL soundtracks while my mom prepared delicious football foods. That was my favorite part of football Saturdays...

Fast forward to college. I never really watched NFL football. I watched the Super Bowl for the commercials (GASP) and didn't even know where most of the teams came from. Enter my ex-boyfriend who schooled me on all things NFL football and most importantly, molded me into a Carolina Panthers fan. This season I literally watched every game that was televised in our area (no money to go out to the bars) I watched every playoff game and I am PUMPED for the Super Bowl. For football related reasons, not the commercials (although those are entertaining as well).

So I have been in a footbally mood this week, to say the least. And finally, tomorrow it is happening!!! I had a dream today that it was Sunday and I slept through the big game. I woke up sad. Earlier this week I made some football cake pops. They are so freakin' adorable and they were pretty simple to make, if you don't mind making your kitchen look like a chocolate explosion (!!). They don't take long so wake up tomorrow and make some pops before the big game! Feel free to change up the flavor combinations. These bad boys are very chocolatey. They remind me of those chocolate glazed mini donuts you can get at the grocery. So.. does that make it acceptable to eat these for breakfast??




-Ingredients-
1 box chocolate cake mix (and whatever you need to make it: oil, eggs)
1 can chocolate frosting
1 bag Wilton light cocoa candy melts
1 white Wilton Candy Writing Pen
Lollipop Sticks
styrofoam

-Directions-

1. Bake the cake according to the package instructions using a 13x9 pan. Cool completely.
2. Crumble the cake up with your hands as finely as possible. Mix in your tub of frosting and mix well. Stick the mixture in the fridge for 20 or 30 minutes to make it easier to roll.
3. Using about 1" scoops, mold little footballs. Place on a baking sheet. It might take a minute to get the perfet football shape. For me it took.. until the last 2 footballs. Oh well.
4. Stick them back in the fridge. Meanwhile, melt a couple of tablespoons of your candy melts. You only need this much for now. (You'll see why in a minute). Follow the instructions on the package.
5. Take your footballs out. Stick the tip of your lollipop stick into the chocolate and then insert them into your footballs. There will be a little ring of chocolate on the bottom, this will help stabalize your football on the stick!
6. Put them BACK in the fridge while you melt the rest of your chocolate. When you're ready, begin dipping the footballs gently. Tap off any excess chocolate and stick your lollipop stick into the styrofoam to dry. Repeat with remaining footballs.
7. Once dry, pipe on little laces with your candy writing pen. Viola! HOW cute is that?!

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