It’s not Christmas without cake pops, right? I mean really, it’s not any sort of celebration without cake pops these days with both young and old alike getting a kick out of cake on a stick! Once thought to be a fad or just for a child’s birthday party, I am pretty sure cake pops are here to stay!
First up, I have to be honest. These festive lil’ devils are not easy to make. It’s a three-day process that ends in an aching back, in addition to a little blood, sweat and tears. And no, I am not being overdramatic! I baked a vanilla cake on Friday evening, giving the cake plenty of time to cool. Saturday morning I started on the “balls” part of the cake pop. I mashed up the cake, using my food processor and dumped in some vanilla icing. You want the mixture to end up being a tad dry so start light on the icing. I definitely used too much as my balls were a bit too moist (ha!). Too much moisture leads to a world of pain the next day, trust me.
You don’t want the balls to be too small, as they end up looking pretty silly on the stick. You also don’t want them too big. They don’t work well when dipping the next day and are too heavy to keep standing. If you have a mini-scoop, I think that makes the perfect sized ball. Roll those babies, and stick them in the fridge until the next day.
Now comes the fun part! Or as I like to call it, the part where I start cutting corners because I start getting extra irritated!! I cheated this year and instead of melting baking chocolate, I used Wilton’s Candy Dips. Easy to melt using the microwave and no question as to the temperature the melted chocolate needs to be at. However, I ran into the same problem I had last year; I couldn’t dip the cake pops. I did dip the stick first into the chocolate before placing it into the cake pop. But each time I tried to dip the ball, it would fall off and break into pieces. Here’s where the extra icing came into play. The balls were too heavy and were not staying on the stick. So, I ended up spooning the chocolate over the cake pop. That. Took. Forever. I did a mix of red sprinkles and broken up candy-cane pieces. I liked the way the candy-cane pops came out better!
I forgot to mention in the middle of all of this I was making a cake pop stand, drilling holes into a covered shoe box. This experience was a little bit Martha Stewart and a little bit Ace Hardware! I was never so happy then to get these lovelies in their stand and into the fridge.
My favorite part was coming up with an idea for giving them as a gift (thanks Pinterest). I used old and slightly hardened (thank goodness for not throwing things away!) mini-marshmellows (or snowman poop, whatever works for ya!) for the stick base. Since the marshmellows were a tad hard, they were sturdy enough to hold in the cake pop stick perfectly. Tie a red ribbon around them and BOOM! Done.
Pretty, yes? Despite all my whining, I’m glad all the hard work paid off in the end!