First and foremost, cheer with me: YAY for Cake Pops!!! Thanks to Bakerella for introducing me to this wonderful treats.. my kids can't have enough of these deliciousness.. (and me too)
1 Box of Red Velvet Cake Mix
1 tub of Cream Cheese Frosting
6 inch pack of Lollipop sticks
Wiltons Candy Melts (Optional)
I am not advising you to buy from those links. These are just so you know what they look like. I got the cake mix, frosting and Almond bark from Walmart. The Candy Melts and the Lollipop sticks came from Michaels. Next time I will take pictures of the actual ingredients so I can add pictures.
Starting off with baking a Red Velvet Cake according to instructions on the package.
Now the sad part.. demolish your cake into millions of morsels in the food processor. Basically you are to break the cake into pieces and grind them so it becomes fine crumbs..
Just like this!
Now take a can of Cream Cheese Frosting and pour half of it into the cake crumbs.
Mix well with the spatula until it becomes moist and dough-like. It really depends on how moist your cake is and if it still seems dry, add more of the frosting but don't use the entire can otherwise your cake pops will become too soft and fall off the sticks.
It should look like this. Nice and smooth and manageable. I would usually use half a can of frosting over a box of cake mix.
Make them into ping pong sized balls.. Not too big or they will fall off the stick. Put them in the freezer for about 20 minutes. You can freeze the cake balls at this point for upto a couple of months in a freezer bag.
*Update* I have been using the Chocolate bark almost always now instead of Candy Melts as it tastes better and coats better too.
Now melt the candy melts in the microwave according to package instructions.
Once the cake ball seems firm, dip a lollipop stich about an inch into the candy melt and poke it half way up into the cake ball.
What dipping the stick in the candy melt would do is stick the cake ball to the lollipop stick.
Now dip the ball into the candy melt and cover it nice and smooth.
Now holding the cake pop over the candy melts in one hand, tap your other hand lightly where your thumb and index finger meets. This will let all the excess candy fall off the cake ball. Do that while turning the cake pop in both directions.
Now using sprinkles, quickly pour over the wet candy on all sides.
Stick them into a styrofoam block while they dry.
To have a chocolate version, I use the Chocolate bark widely available in grocery stores and located where they have chocolate chips and nuts.. Melt that chocolate bark and follow the same technique as mentioned above.
For this one I had some candy melts in a pipng bag and piped it over onto this pop after the chocolate had dried and gone hard.
Now you can wrap them individually in treat bags and put a little ribbon to make it presentable.
Sky is the limit when it comes to decorating it. If you get the hang of the basic technique, just be creative! I personally prefer Chocolate bark over the Wiltons Candy Melts as it melts smoother and tastes way better. Chocolate Bark or aka Almond bark is available in white as well and it can be easily dyed with different gel-based colors.