My son and I were craving these goodies the other night and I couldn't resist making them; the pictures are not the best quality due to the darkness in the room that night, but hope that you enjoy, I know that we did:-)
We started with what we needed...
Classic Yellow Cake Mix (and ingredients listed on the box)
Styrofoam to hold up the cake pops
1 Tablespoon of Shortening
This is what we did.
Placed the cake mix in the bowl.
Added the ingredients specified on the cake mix and followed the directions from the box.
We mixed the batter with hand held mixer.
We poured the batter into a non stick cake mold.
Baked according to the directions on the box, then when it was done I took it out of the oven and allowed it to cool on the counter.
We then cut the cake into pieces and crumbled the cake with our hands in a bowl.
We added a 1/3 of the frosting to the crumbs, some people use 1/2 of the can, we prefer more cake so we used less frosting.
I then had to mix the frosting and the cake crumbs together.
I got messy, I mixed with the spoon first, then had to use my clean hands to mix the rest. After the cake crumbs and frosting looked like play-do, I rolled the mix into individual balls at about 1" in the palm of my hands, then placed them on a non stick cookie sheet, you may also use waxed paper.
One box makes about (35 to 40) 1" cake balls. I then placed the cake balls in the freezer for about 10 minutes, this helps harden the chocolate candy faster when it is applied to the cake balls.
I then melted the candy in the microwave.
You must follow the directions on the box otherwise you'll have a disaster, like I did.
Once these are melted, I stirred the melted candy with a small spoon,
when it is smooth, I added the spoon full of shortening to thin out the consistency a bit and then I stirred again.
Once the candy was smooth, I took a candy stick and dipped it about an inch into the melted candy, this serves as the glue to hold the cake ball and stick together.
I placed the stick in the center of the cake ball, but not all the way through, about half way. I added the candy coated sticks to all my cake balls.
I then dipped the balls into the melted candy making sure it was completely coated, sorry guys I forgot to take a photo of that process.
I coated the cake pops on their sides first,
it's a tricky process, you can take a look at the process on the Bakerella video.
You may use a spoon to help with the coating.
When your cake pop is completely coated,
slightly tap it on the spoon or bowl so that the excess candy can drip off,
remember do not tap it too hard or your cake ball may slide off the lollipop stick.
After I coated the pops with the melted candy, I sprinkled some confetti candy for color while the chocolate candy was still soft.
I gently placed the cake pops on the Styrofoam to hold them up in place. After they were all done, I placed the cake pops in the freezer for about 10 minutes to harden the chocolate.
If you try this recipe, I hope that you have as much fun as we did making them, and even more fun eating them, yum!
(Retro effect on photos thanks to photobucket editing.)
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