Recipe of the Week

From Keri’s Kitchen, of DelaneyPhotoJewelry

Perfect Cake Pops

I have been in love with the idea of cake pops since I saw my first one a year or two ago at Starbucks. It was so pretty that I couldn’t resist; I had to have it. It was terrible. I have tried many since then, but I have only ever had one that I loved. I decided to attempt them myself for my daughters 6th birthday and couldn’t be happier with the results. Okay, I could be, but I received so many compliments that it made up what I saw as glaring defects.

These are the steps I took, but more importantly, what I would do differently the next time to make them perfect. You will need:

One box cake mix (your favorite flavor)

½ Cup creamy icing (your favorite flavor)

1 bag (14oz) Melting candy (I used white)

Cake Pop sticks (about 35)

Nonpareils

Cake Pop stand

1

Start with your favorite cake mix (I used a very moist carrot cake) and blend it according to the directions on the box. Then bake it as follows: preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray one 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan with cooking spray. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. Once completely cooled, place it in a large bowl. Use your hands to crumble cake until no large pieces remain. You may just have to eat a few to make it perfect. Add icing and mix with hands until completely blended and roll into balls.

2

If you can roll a tight ball with your hands, you wont need a silicone mold. I will make mine slightly smaller next time (the size of a large marble) so that I can reuse my stand. But if you are using a stand that has the holes further apart then I would make them about 1.5” across. I used a scoop to make them all the same size and then, once rolled, I spread them out on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Place them in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours.

3

Melt your candy according to the package. I used a small double boiler (shown below) to keep the  candy deeper.  Dip your sticks in the melted candy and place in the rolled balls. Wait until the candy has hardened before dipping the pops. I recommend placing the cookie sheet back in the fridge and taking them out 2 at a time to dip. They need to stay cool to harden the coating faster.

4

I found myself opening the freezer drawer and holding the pops in the cool air while spinning to keep them from dripping.  You have a minutes or so to decorate before they harden completely. So once I felt the candy wouldn’t drip into my bowl of nonpareils I gently set the cake pop in them to coat.

6

I found this great, colapsable display and finished it off with a roll of hot pink glitter tape for a fun party appearance. My daughter squealed when she saw it. It’s the little things!

7

I highly recommend having your gathering at about 2 in the afternoon, in between meals when everyone is hungry. They will taste even better and the compliments will have you beaming. Lol

Keri O’Hara

DelaneyJewelry.Etsy.com

http://www.delaneyjewelrydesigns.com

Posted on January 18, 2013, in Cakes, desserts, DIY, diy reception, DIY wedding, Recipe of the Week, wedding planning, WedEclectic and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Wow! These look phenomenal! I had no idea that cake pops could be made so easily out of the box mix! Neat! 😀

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