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Easy Peasy Cake Pop Tutorial

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Tonight I was in the mood to make cake pops for the first time! After all my perusing on wedding  blogs at work and seeing millions of these little cuties at every bridal shower I decided to learn how to make them! I did a few searches and discovered it is simpler than I imagined. I went to the kitchen to see if I had the supplies and I did! The only thing I was missing was the lollipop sticks but I decided to use straws as a substitute which added a nice color to the final product!

Here is how you do it, in roughly 75 minutes:

  1. Bake your cake. I decided to make yellow cake which is my favorite, hence why I had some stored in my kitchen.
  2. After the cake is finished and cooled down cut the cake into brownie sized pieces and place them in a large mixing bowl. I decided to use two big bowls just to make sure I had enough room to mix.
  3. Scoop out your frosting and put it on top of the cake pieces in the bowl. I used about ¾ of the jar but I would recommend 1/2.
  4. This part is very messy beware! Wash your hands and get busy. Blend the cake and frosting until it is all mixed in together. What I learned: make sure that you can still see the cake and do not drench it in frosting like I did! The final product will taste like the cake isn’t fully cooked if you use too much frosting!
  5. Start making small balls for the cake pops. I would recommend about a 1 inch diameter. One cake will make about 50 cake pops. Then place them on a cookie sheet that will fit in your freezer.
  6. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  7. While the cake pops are in the freezer, start preparing your chocolate for the coating of the cake pops. You can use whatever chocolate you like but I decided to try two: Dark chocolate candy bars and white chocolate. (Note: my white chocolate Easter bunny didn’t melt well so I used primarily dark chocolate. You will need about 7 candy bars, or you can just buy a bag of chocolate chips).
  8. Cut up the chocolate bars into even slices to ensure they melt evenly.
  9. Put the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat it up on low for about 15 seconds. Take it out and stir it with a metal spoon and continue heating. Do this for about 1 minute in 15 second intervals to make sure the chocolate doesn’t burn.
  10. After the 30 minutes is up take out your cake pops and stick your lollipop sticks (or in my case the straws) about 2/3 through the cold cake pops.
  11. Then dip the cake pops into the melted chocolate and place them back onto the cookie sheet. The cake pop should be upside town with the stick vertically in the air. (Another idea is to purchase foam and place the cake pops standing up in the foam so the top isn’t flattened. I didn’t have this at home so decided to do it this way).
  12. Once the chocolate sets (after about 20 minutes) the cake pops are ready to be served!

As you can see this was very easy and I can’t wait to try it again. I am so excited I just purchased these lollipop sticks for my next batch. Enjoy making your cake pops and customizing with different flavors and colors!

 

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Baking and satisfying my sweet tooth

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The final product

Okay, not exactly, but I am trying! I am so into baking lately; it is quite relaxing. I received a bunch of great baking gifts for Christmas and am finally putting them to use! One of the presents was a box of Carmel Monkey Bread Mix from Sof’ella. My boyfriend bought it for me because he was getting tired of all the pumpkin bread I was making. Sweetheart! This was the first time I ever made monkey bread and it was fun. (I actually don’t think I have ever indulged in monkey bread either and I have been missing out.) It was different making this bread. Instead of just pouring in the bread mix, you get to pinch 1 inch balls and place them in the pan so they can all mesh together. I really needed to use a “monkey bread pan” or a bundt pan but did not have either. These are both added to my shopping list for next time. My sweet tooth is really kicking in these days so I will be baking more and posting pictures soon!