WHAT A MESS!
This was supposed to be a simple little project.
You know, those cute little Cake Pops you see at Starbucks?
In my mind, I thought these might be perfect for Movie Night!
I’d just make a dozen or so and move on with my day.
How hard could it be?
It turns out, this was NOT the simple process I had thought it would be.
Let me start at the beginning.
(If you want to skip the story, I’ve included the recipe in pdf…..but……you just might save yourself some angst if you take a quick read. I promise, no songs)
Cake Pop Popcorn Bags
Remember last week, when I made Compost Cake? Well, I had left-over chocolate cake and left-over chocolate icing. On the same day I had these left-over ingredients, I bought a book on Cake Pops (by Bakerella). Kismet.
I mixed the chocolate cake and chocolate icing into the perfect consistency for Cake Pops (yep, that's what cake pops are made from. Why ice a cake when you can just mix it all together?) and formed them into the appropriate shapes.
Once they were hard, I dipped them into the melted chocolate. Oops. If you are going to cover your cake pop with white candy, don't use chocolate cake or chocolate frosting!!! And double dipping makes for a very lumpy surface. I know. It's seems obvious...now.
The instructions said to use styrofoam to hold the cake pops in place while they harden. I evidently missed the part where they tell you to pre-set the holes so that the cake pops won't touch each other
You are supposed to dip the top of the cake pop in the melted candy and then apply the marshmallows. Not a good idea. I think it looks like a toupe'.
Once everything hardened, it was time to decorate. I used my Wilton Pens, and came to a screeching halt. They didn’t work!! I briefly had a faint line, but then…..nothing. I tried scraping the candy coating to provide a rough service. Nothing.
I tried using Food Coloring and a paint brush. What a mess....
I considered using Sharpies… Bad Idea
I considered using Lacquer…. Bad Idea
By now, a week has passed. I don’t think you can even eat the cake any more.
I started again.
Introducing my new and improved Cake Balls!!!
Recipe: Cake Balls
Notice. The AmeriWriters pens work on the candy coating. Also, be sure you pre-space the holes in the styrofoam for the lollipops to dry.
1 pre-made cake
1 can of frosting
Edible Ink Pens (be sure to use AmeriWriters!)
Bake the cake as directed on the box, using a 9 x 13 inch cake pan. Let it cool completely and then break into a large bowl.
Further crumble the cake so that there are no large pieces of cake (I used a pastry blender, but if kids are helping you they will LOVE doing this - just make sure their hands are squeaky clean).
Add three quarters of the container of frosting (you will not need the remaining frosting)
Mix the frosting into the crumbled cake. Make sure it is well blended.
The mixture should be moist enough to roll into 1 ½ inch balls and still hold a round shape.
After rolling the cake balls by hand, place them on a wax paper covered baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for several house in the refrigerator or place in the freezer for about 15 minutes. You want the balls to be firm but not frozen.
While you are waiting for the Cake Pops to harden, you will want to make your "popcorn"
Make 2 or 3 cuts on each mini-marshmallow.
Don't cut all the way through. Looks like popcorn, doesn't it? How clever (I can say that as this was not my idea)
Once the balls are hardened, shape them into rectangles. Place them back in the refrigerator (or freezer) so they will harden again
Melt the candy coating, following the directions on the package. (Microwave for 30 seconds at a time at medium power, stirring with a spoon in between)
Once the candy coating is fully melted, put it into a deeper bowl. (it makes it easier to dip the cake pops)
One at a time, dip ½ inch of the tip of a lollipop stick into the melted candy coating.
insert the stick straight into a rectangular cake ball, pushing it no more than halfway through.
Dip the cake pop into the melted coating, and tap off any excess coating. Place in the Styrofoam block to dry.
When the cake pops are dry, tip the bottom of the marshmallows into the melted candy and place on top of rectangle.
Once the cake pop has dried completely, write “POP” on the front of each cake pop with a black edible ink pen and draw vertical lines on each pop using a red edible ink pen. Return them to the Styrofoam block to let the ink dry completely.
All ready for the little (and big) munchkins......I'm spent