Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cake Pops by friends

Aren't these the cutest thing EVER?

Our friends brought them over for our July 4th picnic/party after their girls had been working on them for a few days. I think cake pops are the "in" thing, even though I have been a bit slow on this. I noticed a friend mentioned on her facebook wall that she had made some....and I saw an ad for them at Starbucks...and then this beautiful presentation showed up at our house.

The girls bringing these love to decorate bakery...and it shows. We were interested in making these but doing it at a bit smaller level, so I found a few recipes and Eleanor and I got a few supplies we were lacking such as the sticks and cute bags.

There are a lot of blogs/websites outlining the process but basically it's cake mushed up with frosting and rolled into balls. After the balls are made they need to be frozen...then dipped in chocolate. You can see that the girls bringing them to our house are overachievers in the bakery decorating department and have much more elaborate ideas on making these.

The problem with these is that they are delicious. And bite size.

Start with a cake:
I made a Black Magic Cake. I like this cake with cream cheese frosting, so I made that as well with 1/4 c butter and 8 oz cream cheese and 1 t vanilla. Beat in powdered sugar and a tiny amount of milk. I found that was about twice as much frosting as needed, so I now have some frosting in my freezer for the next time.

The cake and the frosting and the cake mushing and mixing in the frosting was enough of a project for one day (between swimming sessions, of course) so we put the mixture in the refrigerator for the next day. This is a good kid project for summer since it can be worked on a tiny bit each day.

The next day we had some time we rolled the mixture into balls, put a stick in each one and put the tray in the freezer.

Later that evening we dipped them into the chocolate coating(we used Wilton candy melts) and rolled some in sprinkles and some in oreo crumbs. This is the fun place to get a bit more creative, so we'll have to remember that for the next time. There are candy melts in nearly every color, so we'll have to look for some variety when we have a coupon for Michaels.

We did buy the cute bags at Michael's (along with the chocolate coating), so we could wrap them individually...hopefully so we can take them somewhere and not eat all these by ourselves! The bags in the link aren't the ones we got...we got the sticks and bags separately since it was less expensive that way....but you get the idea.

Eleanor is thinking that these would be a delicious treat with pumpkin cake and cream cheese frosting in the fall. I like how she thinks!

I followed the instructions that are outlined in the link from the title of this post.

The first picture in this post is the overachiever picture.....the picture below is our creation.

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