How to Make Cake Pops
Cake Pops are the newest dessert craze since the cupcake boom.
Cake pops are the cupcakes of 2011, and I really like how portable and mess-free they are. Health advocates point out that since they are smaller than most slices of cake or cupcakes, they are also a healthier and less caloric dessert option. Cake pops are easy to dress up for any theme and they are also a good way to use any leftover cake you have. They're also darn cute.
Most cake pops are made up of cake and frosting rolled together and then covered in a thin layer of chocolate coating. You can go simple with a color scheme using sprinkles or edible pearls, or you can make little people or holiday-themed pops. The possibilities are endless these days, as there is a wide selection of edible decorations in most craft and specialty food stores.
- 1 pound cake* (16 oz), store-bought or homemade
- 3/4 cup reduced fat cream cheese
- chocolate candy melts** in your choice (milk, dark or white chocolate)
- lollipop sticks (from your local craft or food store)
- assorted sprinkles, chopped walnuts, candies or coconut flakes for decoration
- Styrofoam block (optional, to hold cake pops vertically)
* You can actually use almost any type of cake, and I also like to make cake pops with angel food or cheesecake.
** If you are experienced working with chocolate chips, then use them. You may have to add a little oil to reach the desired consistency.
- Cut the pound cake into rough cubes and places in the food processor bowl.
- Pulse until cake crumbs form and then transfer to a mixing bowl.
- Add cream cheese and blend until dough forms.
- Roll gently into balls and place on parchment paper or greased baking sheet.
- Heat small portion of candy melts (or chocolate chips).
- Dip each stick about an inch into the melted chocolate and then into the center of cake ball to make lollipop. Do this for each cake ball.
- Place balls into the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Heat chocolate candy melts according to package directions.
- Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth.
- Remove cake pops from the refrigerator and dip into melted chocolate.
- Sprinkle with toppings or decorate with candy.
- Store gently on parchment or stick upright into styrofoam block.
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