Cake Pop 101 recipe: an easy how-to for even the baking averse
Cake pop mania is going strong! Cute cake on a stick. Yes, please. Made popular by baking genius Bakerella
, cake pops are now everywhere, from every food blog (I dare you to find one without a cake pop post) to Starbucks
When cake pops look so pretty, who can resist? Especially when making them is such simple business.
I can't promise you'll be able to replicate the Mona Lisa on a bite they way Bakerella surely can, but hopefully these tips can get you started.
2. Grab a fork
Once your cake has cooled, use a fork to crumble the whole thing into a bowl. How easy is that?
Mix with frosting
Use your hands to mix the crumbled cake with frosting. You'll need
about 16 ounces (or one can if you're buying it) of frosting for every standard layer cake, which is about one box
of cake mix; two 9x9" cakes. Or wing it! You want a mixture that's a
gooey brownie consistency, something that'll hold together when rolled.
4. Get rolling
Roll the cake mixture into balls about the size of a quarter. Don't want to mess up your fresh mani? Try this cake pop mold
for just $5.95. Then chill the cake balls in the fridge for a couple of hours or in the freezer for 30 minutes.
5. Think toppings
Right before the cake balls are done chilling, melt candy melts
on the stove or in the microwave--this is the chocolate candy coating on cake pops. 6. Grab a stick
Dip a lollipop stick
the melted candy coating before sticking it 2/3 of the way into a cake ball and then dip the whole cake pop into the coating. Voila, your pop art canvas!
Decorate as you wish...but don't stress. Here, simple is good. And just as delicious.
7. Let them dry
suggests that you stick the finished cake pops into a piece of
styrofoam to dry. While this is a perfect solution for you crafty mamas who
have styrofoam blocks lying around the house, the rest of us can use a colander to dry cake pops
-- a genius tip I found from Quinn's Baking Diary.
Done and done. Long live cake pops for all! -Stacie
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