So this weekend I gave cake pops my first attempt. They aren't the best ones I'll ever make, but they weren't bad for a rookie.
How do you make these cake pops, you ask? Well you can buy Bakerella's book, or you can visit her website. But I'll give you a quick recap:
1 Cake recipe (box or homemade)
3/4 can frosting (or the equivalent amount of homemade frosting)
sprinkles/coloring/flavoring if desired
Bake the cake according to the recipe, using a 9x13 pan. Cool completely. Using your hands, crumble the cake into a large bowl, making sure not to leave any chunks or your cake pops will be chunky. Mix the 3/4 can of frosting into the crumbled cake, mixing with a spoon until smooth. Roll this mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. You want them firm but not frozen.
Melt your candy coating according to package directions. Using a microwave is easiest, but be sure you don't over-heat the candy coating. You can add flavoring or coloring to spice things up a little. Take a few of the cake balls out of the fridge at a time--you don't want to take them all out at once or they'll be too soft. Take a lollipop stick and dip 1/2 in of the tip in frosting. Then insert this end into the center of a cake ball, pushing it about halfway through the ball. Dip the ball into the candy coating, coating evenly. Tap off the excess coating so it doesn't run. You can dry the coated cake pop standing up supported in styrafoam, or you can invert them and set them on a plate to dry. If you want to add sprinkles be sure to do it before the candy coating dries, or nothing will stick. Once dry, your cake balls are finished!
Transporting said cake balls has been my biggest struggle so far. If you have any suggestions, I'm all ears!
Ok, so now for my results. I decorated mine three different ways, just to make things a little more exciting. And because I didn't want to eat them all myself.