So welcome to the 2nd ever Share Your Desserts Saturday!
I really don’t think that there’s a better way to spend your weekend than in great company. Last week I talked about how I made a delicious peanut butter and chocolate walnut pie for my first Thanksgiving spent with friends. Sharing food, joy and laughter was a big part of that day.
Today I wanted to talk about cake pops. I am absolutely obsessed with them.
And why shouldn’t I be? They are really seriously adorable. And they’re crazy delicious, to boot!
They’re actually probably one of the top reasons that I went off of my budgeting and had to kick my butt back into budgeting for the Holidays. But no matter, they were fully worth it.
Although I fell in love with them at first bite, it’s taken a while for me to get up the courage to actually make them for myself. But now that I have, I don’t know what I was so afraid of. I think reading instructions or watching how to make cake pops videos can sometimes seem intimidating.
But now I’ve tackled making a pie from scratch, so how bad could this really be? I found that the only real daunting part is all of the waiting around. The steps and making of the cake pops is simple enough, it’s just the time you have to spend in between waiting for things to cool. But, as my Holiday Party guests can attest, it was very well worth it.
I mean, when you see this adorable cake bite on a stick, don’t you just want one immediately? Or, in my case, I wanted three. Good thing you can now make them, too. Don’t be afraid! I swear it couldn’t be easier.
I recommend using a styrofoam board to dry them but, unfortunately, I forgot to buy one and couldn’t actually find one at the last minute. This is very upsetting, but I was able to make do with some styrofoam cups. They may not look very sexy, but those cake pops they’re holding are really delicious.
All it takes is some simple moist cake from a box. Use moist, though, it’s easier for molding later.
Using a simple hand mixer that I’ve had since college (um, that’s over 7 years ago), I mixed all of the ingredients together according to the package instructions. Trust me, it’s so very simple.
I poured it all into my bundt cake mold and popped it into the oven.
It may not look terrible sexy, but this smelled really delicious. It’s my cake, now done. Well, done baking anyway. I have many more things to do to it still… starting with cooling it in my freezer for half an hour and then crumbling it before making the cake pops.
Once my cake was fully crumbled (no big chunks!), I added a full carton of chocolate icing and mixed it thoroughly. Make sure it’s very evenly distributed.
Once that’s all mixed, rolling the balls was easy enough. I used a cookie scoop to make sure my balls were all the same size. Then I just rolled them using my hands and placed them back into my freezer for some more cooling.
This isn’t really all that tricky, but it’s best to put the lollipop sticks into your cooled cake pops with some of your coating. I melted chocolate (along with some coconut oil), dipped the end of each lollipop stick and put it into a cake ball. What this does is, as the chocolate hardens, it helps the stick stay in place. I let my upside down cake pops cool in the freezer for a little longer.
Look! Aren’t they adorable? It really wasn’t that difficult to go from their naked state to their newly decorated state. Although I didn’t use a styrofoam board (though you should!), all I really had to do was finish decorating them. I coated each cake ball in the same chocolate chips and coconut oil mixture, dipping each one individually and then throwing on some sprinkles and sometimes a candy cookie topper. I had snowflakes and gingerbread men and even snowmen. Each cake pop was different and using sprinkles and candy toppers made it a really easy process to decorate. They don’t look that intimidating, right? Read on for my full recipe.
Easy Christmas Cake Pops
Prep: 10 minutes; Bake: 40 minutes; Cooling: 2 hours; Assembly: 2-3 hours
Nothing is cute as cute (or as delicious) as a cake on a lollipop stick. Make them for a holiday party with my easy-to-follow directions and enjoy the praise. Using sprinkles and candy cookie toppers, these really simple cake pops would be a hit at any event.
- 1 box of moist chocolate cake
- 1 can of dark chocolate icing
- 3-4 cups of chocolate chips
- 3 teaspoons of coconut oil
- 50 lollipop sticks
- assorted sprinkles
- large block of styrofoam
- Buy a moist chocolate cake, because these work better for cake pops. Combine the necessary ingredients (boxed cakes tend to ask for water, oil and eggs) and bake as instructed. Let cool in the freezer for 30 minutes or in the refrigerator for 2 hours, until fully cooled.
- Take the cooled cake and crumble it up with your hands in a large bowl until there are no chunks left. Open your can of chocolate frosting and empty the content into the bowl. Using a large wooden spoon, mix it all together until the cake batter is appropriately moist with the frosting.
- Using a cookie scoop, take some of the cake/frosting mixture and roll it into a ball using your hands. Keep doing this until all of your mixture is gone. It should make roughly 45-50 cake balls. Place them in the freezer to cool for about 30 minutes or in the fridge for 2 hours.
- Take 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Combine them in a medium bowl and melt in the microwave for about 1 minute, or until the chocolate has fully melted. Take the cake balls out of the freezer. Take a lollipop stick, drip the end of it in the melted chocolate and then stick it into a cake ball. This will help the lollipop stick stay in place once the chocolate hardens. Do this until all cake balls have sticks. Cool.
- Once the lollipop sticks have cooled for another 30 minutes in the freezer or two hours in the fridge, melt your remaining chocolate chips with the coconut oil in the microwave. Prepare your assorted sprinkles and candy toppings nearby. In order to coat your cake-balls-on-a-stick, take one and dip it into the chocolate. Then, spin it gently in your hands so that the excess chocolate drips off. Quickly take your sprinkles or other toppings and decorate the cake pop, then put it in the styrofoam board.
- Do this until all of your cake pops are fully decorated. It is best to let them sit and cool in the refrigerator or freezer for a couple hours. My chocolate topping actually would get softer after I brought them out for my Holiday party, but I preferred it to the typical candy melts coating. Alternatively, though, you can use candy melts as your cake pops cover since these harden much better. Finally, enjoy them with friends!