Sunday, November 7, 2010

Step Aside Cupcakes - Cake Pops Are Way Cuter!

Put aside the cupcakes for now, try this totally fun recipe idea for cake pops instead. Just two ingredients get you started... add a lollipop or popsicle stick, some melted chocolate, a few candy sprinkles and your cake pops are sure to be the hit of any party or special celebration.

The Bests

Make it a family project, the kiddies will love to helpDecorating is super easy, use your imagination to kick em' up a notchBecause they are bite-sized anyone, even those on diet, can enjoy this tasty treatA box of cake mix and a container of frosting makes about 35 cake balls, which is very economical

The Recipe

1 box of cake mix, your favorite

1 container of frosting, to compliment the cake mix

Bake the cake recipe as indicated on the package. Cool. In a large bowl crumble your prepared cake, making sure there are no large chunks of cake. Add the container of frosting and mix throughout until all the cake crumbles are coated. Form into balls and place in a freezer safe container, layers divided by wax or parchment paper. Place in freezer for 30 minutes or until ready to decorate. Yield - approximately 35 cake balls


3 cups chocolate chips or bark; semi-sweet chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate*

Candy sprinkles; use seasonal or special celebration colors

In a microwave safe container or over a double boiler melt chocolate. If using a microwave make sure to set the timer for 30 second intervals, stir and return to microwave just until chocolate is melted.

Dip lollipop or popsicle stick in melted chocolate and place in cake ball to middle. Dip into melted chocolate, coating cake pop, lightly tap on side of bowl to remove excess chocolate, decorate with candy sprinkles. Place the decorated cake pop on a sheet of waxed paper or in a piece of craft styrofoam. Repeat this with each of the cake balls.

Use 1 1/2 cups white chocolate and 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate.

Creative Ideas

Use candy sprinkles and colored chocolate that matches the season and the reason.Instead of dipping in chocolate, simply roll moist cake balls in multi-colored sprinkles.Coat with chocolate, drizzle with different colored chocolate. For instance dip in milk chocolate, drizzle with white chocolate.Once dried individually wrap with plastic wrap and tie off with colored ribbon or raffia.Make a display/centerpiece for your cake pops by decorating craft styrofoam...add embellishments such as colored tissue paper, dried flowers and seasonal decorations.Leave the lollipop or popsicle sticks out, just decorate and display the cake balls.Hot sellers! Make and sell cake pops at your next school, church or organization fundraiser. Selling them for a buck a piece is a great return on your initial investment.

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