My first attempt at the new trend cake pops was a delicious mediocrity. The making of the cake part of the cake pops is actually simple and fun. It’s like making meatballs honestly, something that as an Italian American I have done hundreds of times. I’m something of a ball rolling expert in that case. So, basically with these cake pops it is an ordinary cake recipe (box mix) of your choice. Bake as directed and cool completely. This is one of the most important parts actually. When cooled crumple cake (I used clean hands) and mix your crumbs with a frosting of your choice.
Here’s where things crumbled.. literally… I put the cake pops in the fridge to rest and do whatever they are supposed to do in there but I took them out to soon. The shaped ones that I made (My daughter’s favorite butterflies included- imagine the pain I suffered at their demise) literally broke apart from the center where the stick was inserted when I dipped them for their candy coating. At this point I realized patience would be required and I went and watched cake pop you tube videos to school myself on the dipping of cake pops.
First things first I learned a trick. I don’t know how many of you drink Starbucks (I assume millions from their company profile) however there is what I like to refer to as “The Starbucks Shake”. This is when you are drinking a Frappuccino (God Bless the Vanilla Frap) and it becomes a chunky ice you do “The Starbucks Shake” and voila a creamy frap once again. Apparently there is also “The Cake Pop Tap”. This is a method of dipping your cake pop in the melted chocolate (double-dipping not suggested by the way) and take it out. You hang it over the chocolate dish with one hand and with the other you gently tap your wrist to remove the excess chocolate from your cake pop.
I gave the cake pop’s a couple of hours in the fridge as I did not want to disappoint myself and never do it again. I started over with a new bag of chocolate and I have to say this attempt was far more successful. I say for my first attempt I was fairly successful and perhaps it’s my fabulous cake decorating skills but I think it’s just plain old moderately easy. My six year old daughter managed to do one with a six year old girl’s dramatic flair of overdressing with sparkles but the point is she did it fine.
The cake pop itself was delicious in my opinion. To me it tasted like a zebra cake. In case you never had one feel free to order some cake pops from me, I’ll design them like zebra’s (hot pink and zebra is a fashion statement) and you’ll know what it tastes like. Anyway the chocolate coating outside gives it a crisp shell of sweetness and then the inside is soft cake consistency. Smaller than a cake slice or a cupcake I felt pretty good eating two and staying in shape. My mother told me she didn’t really like “the mushy” consistency inside but then ate another one just to be sure. Mind you she had I think four in total. Being there was not that many (Read above butterfly mishaps) that seems to rebut her previous statement of too mushy.
By the way.... I took some fancy pictures and my daughter decided she wanted to do a photoshoot. The first picture was taken by her. She set it up with her pink headbands and her pink homeade picture frame to set off the pink heart cake pops. Shes so creative lol.