Happy Valentines Day!!!
We are all hopped up on sugar over here because one of my lovely girls brought in Valentine’s themed cake pops!
Take a look:
Here is how to make your own cake pops for your special someone.
What you will need:
- Cake mix (choose any cake flavor.. its your choice)
- ½ package of frosting (any will do… best to choose one that goes with the cake flavor)
- Candy Melts (for Valentines we recommend Red or Pink)
- Lollipop Sticks
- Styrofoam block (this is where you will stand the cake pops to dry)
Bake cake according to box instructions. If possible make cake the night before or at least 2-3 hours prior to making the pops. Cake must cool down completely.
Crumble the cake completely… let the kids join in… have fun with it! Remove any edges or large parts of cake that will not give in to your cause!
Now that your cake is in crumbles spoon in ½ of the package of frosting… best to use less frosting than to have too much. If you use too much frosting it will be too mushy and if you use to little it won’t hold right…. So the trick is in the frosting!
Now mix the baby up…. use those muscles! I know it burns but push through…… mix the frosting and cake until it is fully blended and looks like below…
All the sweat, blood and tears have paid off and you now have a giant cake pop… give yourself a round of applause (and maybe a taste)
Now the next step is to make smaller cake pops. Some use a melon baler but we used a good ol’ spoon. Make sure the cake pop is not too big and not to small…. The outer shell will add size so be careful!
Roll out all the cake balls and set them onto wax paper. You should be able to get 35-40 cake balls from a single batch of cake mix
When finished rolling them out (how are your hands doing?) put them into… refrigerator for 2 hours OR freezer for 15 minutes. That depends on the time you have…
Melt the candy melt according to instructions….
Dip the lollipop stick into the candy melt (about 1 inch) and insert into the cake pop…. This will secure the cake onto the stick)
After you have stuck all your pops, dip the cake pop into the candy melt. DO NOT STIR the pop into the candy melt as that may loosen the cake from the stick.
Trick: place pop in sideways and spoon the candy melt over it. Do this rather quickly before the candy melt begins to harden. Then lightly tap the stick on the edge of the bowl so that any excess chocolate drips off.
If you would like to add sprinkles now would be the time… do so before the candy melt dries… hurry!
Place stick on Styrofoam to dry… and YAY you have your first cake pop! Now repeat until you have covered all the pops…
Getting Creative: If you would like a shaped pop for Valentine’s Day find a small cookie cutter or mold in the shape you would like. We could not find a small mold so we used a small heart shaped slinky to make the heart shape :)
Well that's all for now. I hope you have the most romantic and love filled day possible and that it is spent with those you love.
<3 Pat & AGF team