Happy February and Happy International Cake Pop Day!
There is a food holiday for just about every day of the year and I don't normally follow them. In fact, I had no idea it was Cake Pop Day until I opened Google Reader this morning. Never heard of a cake pop? Well, they are just cake balls on a stick! Cake balls are cake crumbs mixed with frosting, shaped, then dipped in a chocolate coating. They are perfect little bite-size desserts.
I recently had an order of cake pops for a baby shower (twins!) so I might as well share them today of all days. I thought they turned out really cute.
**I'm available to bake for you!
Email me to get things started: sarah [at] sarahberridge [dot] com**
Chocolate or candy melts
Vegetable oil or melted shortening (optional, may be needed to thin the chocolate, add a little a time)
Cake Pop Stand* (optional, but necessary if you don't want a flat top)
*You'll need somewhere to put the cake pops and if you don't have a stand you can easily make one. Buy some thick foam board (found in the floral section of a craft store). I used 2" thick 1'x3' and it worked well for large batches. Poke holes with a candy stick about 2" apart being careful to push straight down and to not go all the way through the bottom.
Roll and chill cake balls (Go here for recipe and instructions)
Dip the stick about 1/4"-1/2" into melted chocolate, then stick halfway into cake ball. There will be a little chocolate that comes out around the stick.
Let the chocolate set.
Melt chocolate/candy melts
Dip your cake pops. Make sure you cover the little bit of choclate that was popping out around the stick. Swirl and lightly tap to get off excess coating.
If using sprinkles, add them now before the coating hardens.
Chill and let cake pops harden.
Add decorations (swirls, baby feet, etc).
Let coating harden before packaging the cake balls.