Cake Pops

I Love Cake Pops!

They take a little bit of work, but the outcome is so worth it!

Here is how I  made mine (after getting tips from several fellow bloggers):

1. Buy a box cake mix and prepare according to the directions…

White cake worked best for me as chocolate is more difficult to frost

and takes more than one coat.

*Very Important!  Allow the cake to cool completely before going to the next step!

My first batch came out too gooey for my liking and it was because I wasn’t patient enough

to let the cake cool completely…

2. Tear the cake into pieces and put into your stand-up mixer or food processor – I’ve used both…crumble until it mixture resembles coarse crumbs…

3. Add 1/2 of a can of frosting (flavor of your choice) and mix well…

4. Roll the dough into quarter-size balls and place on a wax-paper covered cookie sheet…

5. Place the cookie sheet of cake balls into the freezer for about 10 minutes

6. Heat up about 1/4 cup of your choice of candy melts

7.  Dip a lollipop stick into the candy melts and push into the base of your candy balls…

8. Put the candy pops back into the freezer for at least an hour – do not skip this step or the candy melts will not adhere to the cake pops correctly….

9. Melt the rest of your candy melts, prepare any sprinkles you will be using and a piece of styrofoam or a box with holes punched into the top to hold your cake pops while they dry…

10. Swirl the cake pops into the candy melts and tap off any excess…

11. Be sure to dip your pops into the sprinkles right away as the candy melts dry quickly!  If the candy melts start to harden in the bowl, just pop them back into the microwave and reheat for a few seconds…

12. They will dry quickly and then you can arrange them in a flower pot or vase…be creative!

I have read that some prefer to store their cake pops in the fridge as they taste yummy cold,

but I’ve also read that if you store them in an air-tight container they will stay fresh for several days.

I am testing this theory right now with some pops I made this week and am storing until my

daughter’s party on Sunday…will post more photos of how those hold up!

Another variation of this recipe is to skip the lollipop stick step and,

after freezing for at least an hour, dip the cake balls into the candy melts…

and then sprinkle them with sprinkles…

I then placed them into mini cupcake cups to dry…

These are quite a bit easier to store than the cake pops!

Yummy Strawberry Shortcake!

My 11 year old son loves to cook…and play soccer & football too…didn’t want him to sound to girly!  After school today he was just dying to make something for dessert.  We had strawberries that needed to be eaten soon so we found a Strawberry Shortcake recipe online and the fun began!  He made the dough while I cut up the strawberries…I had some heavy whipping cream so we also made homemade whip cream – yummmyyyyy!!!!

Needless to say, there are no left-overs…it was sooo delicious!