Friday, March 15, 2013

Cake Pops!

My Grandpa is turning 90 on St. Patrick's Day. That's a big deal. So when you have a St. Patty's Day Birthday, you need Cake Pops. I got the Bake Pop cake pop maker for Christmas last year. This was the first time I used it.  The recipe for making cake pops with the maker is a little different. (If you want a full recipe for this let me know. The instruction booklet that came with the maker is very helpful.)

You need:
1 box cake mix
1 coordinating flavor of pudding
Add 1 extra egg

Make the cake mix according to package directions, only instead of adding water, you add milk and use half as much, you also add 1 extra egg, and add a package of a coordinating pudding mix.

Plain cake pops
For example, I used a chocolate cake and used a chocolate pudding. This creates a denser cake and makes the cake pop not fall apart as easily. I spooned the batter into the wells, and put the top on, secured it with the clips, and put it in the oven. My oven runs extra hot, so I cooked my pops on 325 degrees for 15 minutes. Some of the batter came through the top and I just popped it off with a spatula.

*You MUST use a cooking spray that has flour in it!!

I washed the cake pop pan in between batches. It made around 43 pops. I dipped the ends of lollipop sticks in melted chocolate, stuck it halfway in the pop and put it in the freezer. Once they came out, I dipped the pops in melted chocolate, and sprinkled them with yellow sugar. To set them, I put them back in the freezer to harden.

To make the presentation super fun and festive, I bought a "el cheapo" (read:cheap) plastic urn from Pat Catans. Then I bought some styrofoam and pushed the cake pops inside. Voila, gold at the end of the rainbow!

*I'm not going to do a post tomorrow, because I have an early day in the city. I'll have a new post for you tomorrow!* I'll fill you in!
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