Monday, February 10, 2014

Cake Pops

If any of you are like me you can not live without Starbucks cake pops. They are magical, fluffy and super cute! And I am also a big fan of finding creative ways to bake {ie. mason jars}. So as Valentines Day approaches, I decided to try it out and make my own cake pops!
Cake Pop Mix
Here is what you'll need:

1 batch cake mix {the brand, flavor, etc. doesn't matter!}
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioner's sugar
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon milk {or more, as necessary}

Bake your cake according to the recipe on the box. Let the cake sit until cool {the cooler the better}. Once the cake is cool, begin crumbling it with a fork or fingers until it is in fine cumbs.

In a separate bowl, whip the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and milk together until smooth. Pour onto the cake crumbs and mix with a spoon or your fingers. 

When the mix is completely done, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm. You can leave the mix refrigerated for several days. I left mine in the fridge over night and it worked really well! The mixture needs to cool or else the balls won't hold their shape.
Making the Cake Pop Balls

Here is what you'll need:
Lollipop sticks (found at Michael's, JoAnn's, or other craft stores) 
12 ounces chocolate chips
12 ounces white chocolate bark 
Edible wax, optional 
Colored sugars, candies, and other decorative sprinkles

How to make the balls

Take a bit of the cake mixture and roll it into a smooth ball. Stick a lollipop stick into the end of each ball and place onto a large baking sheet. Repeat until you've used up all the mixture. Put the baking sheet of balls into the freezer so that the balls harden.

How to decorate the cake pops

Melt chocolate or white chocolate in the microwave. Stir well. Dip each ball into the chocolate until covered. I find that putting icing in the microwave for 25seconds and storing the balls in that works best! 

Dip in sugar, coconut, sprinkles, or anything else you'd like to decorate with. Place in the FREEZER to harden. 
And tad aaa! you've made yummy yummy cake pops just like the ones at Starbucks. mmmmmmm so good!
Whether you are making cake pops for a loved one or just for fun, enjoy! 

chocolate version

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