Monday, June 17, 2013

Funfetti Cake Pops

The other day, my friend called and asked if I had ever made cake pops... her son wanted them for his birthday and she had no idea where to begin since she had never made them before! After all my experiments in the kitchen, you would think a cake pop would have be one of them... right? Wrong. As cute and delicious as they are, I have not yet taken on the daunting task of cake pops. But I decided this was the perfect opportunity to try a cake pop recipe out, so I offered to make them for her! 

I also had no idea where to begin, so I found an easy recipe for Funfetti Cake Pops (that required only a few ingredients and a few steps). Then I crossed my fingers and said a little prayer that they would turn out... I mean, there are 40 tough little cake pop critics I need to impress with these things!!!!


Funfetti Cake Pops
recipe via simplyjolleen.com

What you’ll need:
1 box Funfetti cake mix
Ingredients listed on box
1 container Funfetti frosting
2 bags of candy melts (any color)
Lollipop sticks
Sprinkles

Follow directions on cake box; mix and bake cake. Once cake has completely cooled, crumble it into pieces.


Mix crumbled cake with a container of Funfetti frosting.


Roll cake mixture into small balls (one cake makes about 24 - 1.5" cake balls) and place them on a large aluminum foil lined cookie sheet. Place cake balls in the freezer for at least 60 minutes to chill.


Melt candy melts as directed on package.


Remove cake balls from freezer. Dip the end of the lollipop stick into the melted chocolate, then stick into cake ball. Dip entire ball into melted chocolate. Swirl around to remove excess.


Add sprinkles to the top of the cake balls and allow the chocolate to harden. Place lollipop stick into a piece of styrofoam to dry.


Repeat process with remaining cake balls. Once your chocolate has harden, you’re ready to serve your cake balls!



My personal cake pop experience -

Ok, I'm not going to sugar coat it.... cake pops are not easy!!!! I was completely overwhelmed and frustrated at one point in the process and was really ready to give up. Since I had never made them before, I had not known what to expect and had not properly prepared for all the steps.

First off, I think the cake balls need to be almost frozen before they are dipped in the chocolate. They need WAY more than the 1 hour in the freezer the recipe calls for, as once the balls would sit out for a few minutes and start to come to room temperature, they would fall right off the stick when I tried to dip them in the chocolate! I wanted to scream. Next time, I will make the cake balls and freeze them overnight before adding the stick and dipping them in the chocolate.

Next, the melted chocolate needs to be thinned out with about a tablespoon of shortening or else it is too thick, too heavy, and does not make the smooth surface you probably are expecting for a cake pop. Having too much (too thick, too heavy) chocolate on the cake ball will weigh the cake ball down and the ball will fall off the stick. Again, I wanted to scream... and throw the cake balls across the kitchen.

Also, the recipe says the chocolate will harden on the ball once the ball is dipped. And it does... eventually. I thought it took FOREVER for the chocolate to set, so I had to put the cake pops in the fridge to cool and harden the chocolate faster. So make sure you have plenty of room in your refrigerator before you start!

Lastly, I could not have done this cake pop project without the help of my amazing Mom! Seriously, you need an extra set of hands if you are making a large batch of these things. While I dipped, my mom set the pops up in styrofoam to chill in the fridge... and since there were so many cake pops, she had to keep transferring them around. Counter to fridge... fridge to counter... counter to fridge. Yeah, it was a process.

But once we figured out what needed to be done/changed to get the cake pops finished (and we had a glass of wine), all was well in the kitchen once again! Although they were a lot of work and frustrating at first, the cake pops turned out adorable and they taste AMAZING... I love them!


Hopefully the kiddos love them too!


Thanks again for the help on this one Mom... you are the BEST!

*Janel*






1 comment:

  1. Keep pops in fridge, and only take out 3-4 to coat at a time!! Helps prevent them from falling off stick!

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