Made Cake Pops

At SereniTea House, they make these delicious sweet treats called cake pops.  A cake pop is a mini cake truffle in a candy coating, served on a stick (like a lollipop).  They are a perfect bite of sweet deliciousness.  J knows how to make these really well, so I was really lucky to have someone there that could guide me.

I started by baking a cake.  I used a box mix because it’s easy.  Plus, I’ve never made a cake from scratch (look for this one in the future).  Vanilla cake mix, water, eggs, oil all go in the mixer.  We added almond extract for flavoring because I was making these for a Chinese New Year’s dinner.



I poured it into an aluminum pan and baked it at 350 degrees for a little under 30 minutes.
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I put the cake in the freezer to quick cool it.  In the meantime, I made frosting.  Making frosting was much easier than I expected.  I creamed room temperature butter by mixing it in the stand mixer.  I added confectioner’s sugar in three different batches and continued to mix.

After not too long, I’ve got frosting.

After the cake cooled a bit, I put pieces of it into a food processor and it broke it up into crumbs.  I mixed it with the frosting I just made, adding a little more almond extract to taste.

Using a tablespoon, I scooped a bit of the cake dough mixture and rolled it into little balls.  After I rolled a few out, I put them in the freezer to cool and firm up.
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For these cake pops, I was making cupcake-shaped ones.  This means I needed two colors of candy melts, one for the wrapper section and one for the top.  I melted some red candy melts in the microwave for the wrappers.
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We put the melted candy into a squeeze bottle, and I piped it into a cup mold.  The cooled dough balls are placed in here and pressed down forming the wrapper.  We threw this into the freezer for a few minutes.

Now, it was time to remove these from the mold.  I pushed from the bottom and peeled them out of there.

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I was almost done.  I took lollipop sticks and dipped them into melted yellow candy melts.  I poked the bottom of the wrapper, and then I dipped it top down into the yellow.
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I added sprinkles and let them set up and harden.
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After the candy had hardened, I wrapped them into small plastic bags and knotted them up with a twist tie.
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After all of them had been wrapped, they looked like this.

This was a fun activity.  I know if they ever need help at the tea house, I can definitely make these again.  Also, I’m sure I’d do a much better and faster job next time.

Cool stuff:
Cake Pops book
Pop Bakery
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