Cake Pops (including Easter Eggs!)

I normally am not a huge fan of cake pops, but like everything that comes out of my kitchen, I tend to try and make it my own.  Cake pops are no different!  A friend asked me to make some cake pops for her childrens’ Easter Egg Hunt.  I said “no problem!” but hadn’t made cute Easter egg ones…until now!  I was really excited how they turned out, but I will warn you…any cake pops are time consuming!  Making sure you have the time to dedicate to them is crucial.  Why,  you ask?  Well, here are the steps they take to make:

1.  Bake the cake and let it cool.
2.  Crumble the cake and add frosting to the mix so it’s able to be formed into pops.
3.  Form into cake balls.
4.  Let cool in the refrigerator or freezer until hard enough to handle.
5.  Melt the melting candy in the microwave and insert the wooden stick into the cake ball.
6.  Dip the cake ball into the melting candy to coat it evenly.
7.  Immediately decorate the cake pops (on the Easter eggs, you can add confetti sprinkles but on the regular cake pops, I like to use just normal sprinkles on top)
8.  Immediately take the decorated cake pop and I use a cake pop stand to set them in the freezer until the candy is hardened.
9.  Store them in the refrigerator until all of them are done.
10.  Wrap them individually in plastic sleeves with ribbon to make them look pretty.  :)

So, 10 steps later and they’re done!  Just to give you an idea…20 cake pops took me 2 hours to make.  Now, were they worth it?  Absolutely!  However, they do take some time, so make sure you have enough to devote to them.  Here’s what you’ll need to make about 24 cake pops:

Ingredients
1 box dry cake mix (any flavor you’d like)
1 tub of frosting (any flavor that goes with the cake mix you’re using)
Melting candy (I buy mine at Michael’s and you can buy them in any and all colors.  I buy a bunch when they go on sale so I can use them anytime)
Cake pop sticks
Wrappers and ribbon

Directions
1.  Make the cake mix as directed on the box.  Be sure you let it cool COMPLETELY.  It should actually sit on the a cooling rack for a few hours to be sure.
2.  Shred the cake into crumbs…like this:

3.  Then put a couple of scoops of frosting into the crumbs and mix together.  The mixture should be creamy but not too sticky.  I use a small ice cream scoop to scoop out the cake ball and roll it into the shape I need.  Sometimes they are just simply  a ball, while sometimes it is in the shape of an egg!
4.  Place the cake balls onto  a baking sheet that can fit in the fridge or freezer.  Let them sit in the fridge for about an hour so that they firm up and are easier to handle.  They also will not break when you go to dip them into the melting chocolate.  If you don’t want to wait an hour, you can also stick it into the freezer for about 10 minutes.

5.  Now, once they’re firmed up, take the tray out so they don’t freeze.  As you work with the cake balls, you may need to stick the tray back in the freezer if they start to come to room temperature.  If you put them in the fridge, you can keep it in there and just take out the cake balls one by one.
6.  Melt the melting candy of your color choice in the microwave until completely melted.  Once it’s ready, dip the tip of the candy stick into the melting candy and then gently place the cake ball on the stick.  Be sure to be careful so they don’t break and fall apart. 

7.  Take the cake pop and dip it gently into the melting candy and let the excess drip off.  One important step here:  DO NOT tap the stick against the side of the bowl.  The cake pop will fall apart and fall off!  Instead, gently shake off the excess without the stick slamming against anything…just gently shake!


8.  Immediately place sprinkles on top or confetti sprinkles all over the cake pop to decorate.  You can really do this any way you’d like.  You can leave them as is, or you can go all out with sprinkles and designs.
9.  I made an excellent purchase recently from Amazon.com…an acrylic cake pop holder!  Once the cake pop shell is ready to harden, place the cake pop into the holder while you do your next 10-11 cake pops.  Once they’re all done, place the holder into the freezer for a few minutes and they’ll harden very quickly.


10.  Once they’re hardened, I place them into a pan and put them all in the fridge so they stay cool and the candy won’t melt.  Of course, if you’re using them immediately, you can leave them out at room temperature (if you’re using store-bought ingredients.  If you’ve made your own cake batter and frosting, they’ll need to be refrigerated).
11.  Lastly, for this egg hunt, I individually wrapped each cake pop.  It really made them look much more special!

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