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 at 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.