Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day Cake Pops

Some of you may remember the Football Cake Pops I made for the Super Bowl. I didn't inform you that my sister and her husband attacked them like children and loved every bite.

I also didn't tell you a little secret I had. I only made a few of the footballs, since I knew we were having a small crowd. The rest of the cake ball mixture I formed into balls, stuck them in a tupperware and stored them in the freezer for a future date.

Then a little birdy told me that my dad needed to bring some baked goods to work on Valentine's Day for a bake sale. (Ok, the birdy was my mom.) My parents came in town this weekend and the Valentine's Day cake pops were born!

The ingredients and instructions are essentially the same as the football pops. If you can find some cute Valentine's themed sprinkles then you should totally use them. I didn't feel like going on said quest so I used what I had at the house. Cute, huh?




-Ingredients-

1 box chocolate cake mix (and whatever you need to make it: oil, eggs)
1 can chocolate frosting
1 bag Wilton red candy melts
1 white Wilton Candy Writing Pen
Lollipop Sticks
styrofoam
sprinkles/decorations
-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. Use your hands to roll the mixture into 1" cake balls. Place on a baking sheet.
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 cake balls. Stick the tip of your lollipop stick into the candy and then insert them into your footballs. There will be a little ring of chocolate on the bottom, this will help stabalize your cake balls 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 candy gently. Sprinkle decorations on at this time, if desired. (Do NOT roll the cake balls around in the sprinkles. It seems like a good idea but trust me.. it is not.) Stick them in your styrofoam to dry.
7. Once dry, pipe decorations on using your candy pen. I did little hearts, x's and o's, big hearts, swirleys and polka dots. The sky is the limit.


Original Source for Cake Pops: The Brilliant Bakerella

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