Friday, February 15, 2013

Cake Pops..the Easy Way

Most of the time I really like making things myself and not using processed food, especially when it comes to anything I can bake or cook. However, there are the times when it's just cheaper and quicker to buy the cake mix in a box and call it a day!  My daughter picked out a Fun-Fetti cake mix with frosting for Valentines Day (I thought "how sweet she's baking a cake for the family!" after all, she is she reminds us almost daily :) Unfortunately she had plans on Valentines Day, so guess who ended up making the cake... I made the cake but I was also doing 3 other things and forgot to check on it until the timer went off and by that time it was a little over baked...I hate dry, over baked there was only one thing to do...make cake pops!  Luckily my son was here to help me roll, dip and sprinkle.  These aren't hard to make but they are just a little time consuming. So this is the impatient, easily side tracked person way to do it.
Here's what you need:
  • box cake mix, follow the instructions on the box to make and bake it
  • container of frosting, or you can make your own, but for these, the canned frosting works really well to hold the balls together.
  • almond bark or chips to melt and dip them into
  • Optional: sprinkles, food coloring, lollipop sticks, etc.
I took out my over baking frustration and crumbled the cake it into little pieces, then let it cool. I put it in a bowl in the fridge to speed the cooling process up. After it had cooled I took it out and added almost a whole container of the frosting (15.6 oz) to the cake crumbs. (This is why there aren't more pictures) once you start mixing the frosting with the cake crumbles, you really need to use your hands and mix it in, then roll it into little balls. Mine got bigger toward the end, I was getting tired and just wanted to be done! Now some people let them cool, I am not one of those patient people. So I melted my almond bark, it works better for me than white chips, but use what you like. I left some white and added pink for the rest. When I started, I intended on making cake know..with the stick, but as the process started I was once again side tracked and then forgot to put the sticks in them! If you want to put sticks in them, do it at this point. Dip the stick into the melted bark so your ball doesn't fall off. Then hold it over the bowl and with a spoon pour the melted bark over the ball. (It turns out, you can make them without the stick...and they taste the same! It also took a lot less time). Mine never dip and look beautiful and smooth like the pictures in magazines, but if you put enough sprinkles on, no one can really tell. Let's just say, it didn't stop my family from eating them!
 ~Simply Angie

1 comment:

  1. The girls and I made these yesterday using a gluten-free cake mix and homemade butter cream frosting. They turned out perfectly!