cake pops

a while back, i made some red velvet cake balls.  they tasted really good but i did think the texture of cake balls is kind of weird.  still people love them and my colleague requested that i make cake pops for her farewell party.  of course i said yes and i was excited to see if it would be possible to improve upon the cake ball recipe i had used prior.

i did some research and found all kinds of great tips on how to make cake balls or pops – they were all really helpful!  so i set out and made some strawberry cake pops with chocolate and vanilla candy coating.

and it was a success!  i really liked the combination of strawberry and chocolate – almost reminded me of a chocolate covered strawberry.  yum!

to make the cake pops, you first need to bake a cake.  i just used cake mix because it’s so much easier and i don’t actually have a strawberry cake recipe.  i think using cake mix when making cake pops is nice shortcut because there are already quite a few steps involved in making the actual cake pops.  also i like to bake the cake a day ahead of time to help break up the process and give the cake adequate time to cool.

once the cake is completely cool, cut up the cake and put about a 1/3 of it into the bowl of a food processor.  pulse a few times to break up the cake into crumbs.  transfer the crumbs to a large bowl and repeat with the rest of the cake.  you could also just use your hands to turn the cake into crumbs but i really liked that the food processor make finer, even crumbs.

  

now it’s time to add the frosting.  i used store bought strawberry frosting to up the strawberry flavor but i’m sure vanilla frosting would work just fine too.  you could also use homemade frosting but that just seems like way too much work for such a small amount of frosting.

i added about 1/2 the can of frosting.  the original recipe that i used for cake balls used the whole can.  but when i did some research online i found that it’s actually better to use less.  about 1/2 a can was enough to bind the crumbs together while keeping it from being too sweet.  perfecto!  then mix, mix, mix until the frosting and crumbs are thoroughly combined.

  

then using a small cookie scoop, roll out balls of the cake/frosting mixture.  you should end up with between 45-50 balls.

to turn these cake balls into cake pops, melt a little bit of the chocolate coating and dip the tip of a lollipop stick into the chocolate.

insert the stick about halfway into the cake ball.  this will help the keep the cake ball on the stick.

repeat with the rest of the cake balls.

the cake pops have to chill for a bit before covering them with almond bark.  so pop them in the freezer for 10 minutes or in the refrigerator for about 1 1/2 – 2 hours.  once they are chilled, heat up more almond bark in the microwave (just follow in the instructions on the package).  dip the cake pop into the melted almond bark.

just make sure to cover the entire cake pop with almond bark – otherwise the cake/frosting mixture may leak out which would not be good.  eeek!  also i kind of spin around the cake pop and gently tapped the cake pop on the side of the bowl to get off some of the excess melted almond bark.  just be sure to do this gently – otherwise the pop might fall off the stick and that really would not be good.

then you can leave them plain or decorate with with sprinkles.  i like sprinkles, so of course i poured a ton of sprinkles on each cake pop  – colorful and chocolate ones.  :-)  oh and i found the most amazing idea online.  use your colander as a cake pop stand – no need to spend extra money to buy those specialty cake stands.  genius!

once the almond bark hardens the cake pop is done.  i then wrapped each cake pop individually using these little treat bags i found online and tied it up with some curling ribbon.

all ready!

p.s. here is an awesome, super duper helpful FAQ and troubleshooting guide for cake pops.  be sure to check it out if you plan on making cake pops.  believe me, it will save you from a ton of headaches.

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