Fail with a capital F! But they still tasted good! So instead of sharing them with you, I shared them with friends :) And today I am going to give you a behind-the-scenes look at one of my recent epic fails. My Cake Pops:
I seriously had the ingredients for these for weeks and couldn't muster up the "courage" to make them until now. I tried them several times way before I started this blog and never once had success. They always fell apart in the assembly process.
This time I had an adorable idea to make bunny pops where there'd be a big ball on bottom and a little ball on top of that and little chocolate ears on top of that. I even made a ton of chocolate ears, again thinking this was easy peasy.
Get it, big ball on bottom, small ball on top, adorable chocolate ears on top of that. Are you picturing it?! Sounds adorable right?! Well, this is what I got:
HA! Hahaha! I have to laugh at them. They're just no where near what I was imagining but life is too short and I have to laugh at myself. When I tried to push the skewer all the way through the big ball to add the small cake ball, it just fell apart every.single.time. So instead of cursing aloud and tossing everything in the trash while throwing my hands up in the air, I decided to start small and work on mastering an actual cake pop before trying a harder version.
They don't look that terrible. And they taste amazing, which is really what all cooks are striving for, right? Good tasting food that makes people happy! At least, that's my goal :)
Here's a few tips I've picked up over my past few attempts that I want to share with you:
1. Don't feel bad using a box cake mix. These already take forever and the people enjoying them could care less if it's a box mix or homemade.
2. Don't over-frost. This has been my downfall in the past. I added too much frosting and this made the cake pops too heavy. They wouldn't stay on the sticks and got stuck in the chocolate over and over again.
3. Use your hands to mix this up. This goes with #2. If you use your hands you'll be able to tell quickly when you have enough frosting. Once the batter starts to stick together with an easy squeeze, you know you have enough.
4. Make sure you use a narrow, deep container to melt your chocolate and dip your cake balls in. I used a small Ball jar and it worked perfectly!
5. Don't feel like you have to freeze these over and over again. I froze them once and that was plenty.
6. Go spend the $1.07 on a Styrofoam block. This is something I haven't had before this time around. It made such a difference. After I dipped and twirled and tapped the heck out of the cake balls, it was so much easier sticking them in styrofoam to help the chocolate harden and keep its form.
So...here we go!
- 1 13x9 cake, cooked and cooled (I used a box of funfetti cake, but feel free to use your favorite cake recipe)
- Favorite frosting (amount depends on the cake; see details above. I used about a 1/2 cup)
- Cake pop sticks
- 1 package White chocolate chips
- 1 package Semi-sweet chocolate chips
Put your cooked cake into a large bowl and crumble with your hands until it becomes fine crumbs.
Add in the frosting, a small amount at a time, and use your hands to work the frosting into the cake mix. Keep adding until the cake mix will hold a ball shape but is still slightly crumbly.
Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out balls of cake dough and use your hands to squish them into balls. Set each ball on a plate.
Melt a handful of each kind of chocolate chip into a small bowl. Dip a cake pop stick into the melted chocolate, then push the stick into the cake ball until it's about halfway through. Alternate between chocolates.
Set them on a plate and place them in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
While they are freezing, pour your remaining chocolate chips into deep narrow cups, or mason jars like I did. Microwave until the chocolate is smooth.
Remove the cake balls and dip each one into the melted chocolate, making sure to fully submerge the ball.
Pull the cake ball out of the chocolate and start spinning the cake ball on its side, allowing the excess to drip back into the jar. Continue spinning until all the excess is off. You might have to give the stick a few taps to get it all off.
Push the cake pop into the styrofoam brick, cake pop side up, and allow to dry there. If you are adding sprinkles be sure to add right away. They won't stick to a dried cake pop.
If you need to, put the pops back in the freezer to dry quickly. Mine dried just fine out in the open, though. Enjoy!!
So please tell me I'm not alone when it comes to totally failing at these yummy treats! I'm sure there's a magical formula somewhere...I just haven't found it yet. :) But for now, I'm pretty happy with how this batch turned out.
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