Saturday, June 18, 2011

cake pops.....balls.......

yesterday my friend chelsea came over to help me make something fun. i have been seeing adorable little cake pops everywhere and wanted to see what all the hype is about by making my own. since i have never made them before i decided to skip doing everything from scratch and use store bought cake mix and frosting. we used funfetti cake, my fav, and a classic yellow. we started by baking the cake according to the directions on the box. 

while the cakes were still slightly warm we took them out of the pan and crumbled them up in large mixing bowls. 

once the cake was all crumbled we added a container of frosting, funfetti for the funfetti and milk chocolate for the yellow, to each bowl. this is where we made the first mistake, we used to much frosting. next time we will only use about half of the frosting. using too much frosting, i think, caused the mixture to become to doughy and take away from its cakey texture.  after we mixed everything we began to roll the mixture in to small balls and place them onto parchment lined cookie sheets. 

we placed sticks in the center of each ball and then put them in the fridge to chill. 

we left them in the fridge while we painted our nails and watched a movie. once the pops were chilled all the way be took them out and set them aside. we melted chocolate, i used candy chips found at hobby lobby, with a double boiler. we began to dip the pops in the melted chocolate. while we were doing this some of the sticks began to pull out. another lesson learned, next time i think we would put a little frosting on the sticks to make them stick firmer in the cake mixture. 

i also think that this chocolate was a little too think and i would probably use almond bark next time. once we lost about half of the sticks and found out that the chocolate was to think we removed all of the remaining sticks and switched to drizzling the chocolate over the balls. 

all in all i was a little disappointed with the end results but i think i learned how to make them better the next time we try them. making mistakes are the only way to learn in baking. 

xoxo cbe 

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