December 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm
by Irina Gonzalez
When we featured Halloween Cake Pops on our cover this year, my obsession only grew. I was dying to make them, but was a little intimidated by the lengthy instructions.
I watched our How to Make Cake Pops video and had a better understanding, but still decided not to make them. When I received brownie pops in the office, I settled on eating the mummies, black cats and spooky ghouls this way.
When a reader attempted to make them but her Halloween cake pops went awry, I decided that I had to finally try them too. I wanted to wait until Christmas, though, because I wanted them to be a special Holiday treat for friends and family. So I slowly got ready by reading the recipe a few times and continued to watch our video. I realized that it really wasn’t all that complicated, it was just a little time consuming.
I started off with baking a simple moist chocolate cake (from a box) in my bundt pan. When it was done, I put it in the freezer for half an hour so that the cake could cool quickly. Then I grabbed a large bowl and crumbled the cake until there were no large chunks left.
To make the cake into balls, I added an entire carton of chocolate cake icing. Again all I did was use something store-bought for simplicity. Once all of that was mixed together, I used a cookie scoop to get exact portion sizes for the balls. Then I just rolled them and put them on a cookie sheet in the freezer to cool.
In order to insert the lollipop sticks properly, I followed the video instructions to dip the end of the stick in my chocolate coating and then put them in. The coating will harden so the sticks will be firmly stuck in the cake balls. As I did this, I put them all back in the freezer to let them cool a little longer and let the chocolate harden.
I made the big mistake of not buying styrofoam. I couldn’t find any at the last minute, so I had to improvise with some styrofoam cups instead. I poked a hole in each individual cup and then, after coating and decorating the cake pops, I put them in to dry. For my coating, I used melted chocolate chips, dipped each cake pop and swirled it the way that the cake pops video described. I definitely think that the candy melts would have worked better, but plain chocolate was still great.
What made these cake pops really easy for me was that I used basic Christmas cookie decorations to make them look great. I sprinkled them with different colored flakes and put some candy toppings on (like snowflakes and gingerbread men). I even used a little bit of edible glitter icing.
They came out absolutely adorable and all I really had to do was follow our basic cake pops recipe and simplify decorating them with Holiday-themed sprinkles.
When I served them to my friends and family, everyone commented on how cute they were and how delicious they tasted. Out the 45 that I made, we must have eaten 3 each.
At the end of the day, I learned that making them wasn’t all that scary afterward. Mine may not look as gorgeous as the ones on our cover or the ones that Bakerella created, but they came out just as tasty. The only thing really scary about them is that they take some time, especially because you have to wait for things to cool in between the different steps. But, just like the brownie slider cupcakes I made earlier in the year, they were well worth it.
Have you tried making cake pops yet? Share your story and experience in the comments below.