Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Frosty the Snowman.....

Okay so cake pops are all the rage now so I decide to jump on the band wagon. I saw these adorable Snowman cake pops on Bakerella website and I just had to try making them. I had to improvise on some of the ingredients but none the less that turned out great!! I'm a bit obsessed when it comes to snowmen just wait and see.....

Making the cake pops is really quite simple. You'll need:

~ Cake Pop Recipe ~
1 box cake mix
1 can frosting

Make the cake mix according to the package. Bake in a 9x13 cake pan.
Invert the baked cake on a wire rack and let it cool.
Once it's cool, break off pieces of cake into smaller pieces and crumble the cake into a large mixing bowl.
Crumbly the whole cake up. Take your time and make sure you don't leave any large pieces of cake. Add half the container of icing. (You will not need the whole can, if you add too much icing the cake pops will be to moist and hard to work with) Mix frosting into the crumbled cake. You can use a fork to thoroughly combine the mixture, I use my hands. Make sure you wash and dry your hands beforehand!  
The mixture should be just moist enough to come together into a ball and still keep it's shape.
Place the cake rolls onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate for about an hour or in the freezer for 10-15 mins. The cake balls should be firm, *do not freeze them they will crack the chocolate coating if they are frozen or crumble and break in the chocolate.* I learned this the hard way and it was a disaster!
Once the cake pops are thoroughly chilled they are ready to be dipped in chocolate coating.  I use the double boiler method. I place a deep glass bowl, that fits snugly without falling in, into the pot with water. Keep the heat on low if the water is boiling to hard than you run the risk of water bubbling out the sides. Water will cause the chocolate to seize up!!

Dip the cake pops in smaller batches, keep the rest refrigerated. First attach the stick to the cake pop by dipping the end of the stick then gently insert into cake pops about halfway. I use floral foam, you can buy them at dollar store, to hold the cake pops upright. I attach all the cake balls to the sticks and put the floral foam and pops back into fridge for 1-2 minutes to make sure the chocolate is set and pops are firmly attached. 

Once the chocolate is set you're ready to dip the cake pops!! 

These are the ingredients I used: 

Chocolate candy melts
Mini reese's peeses cups
White confetti sprinkle
Maynard fuzzy peaches
Mini Gobstoppers (red)
Flower sprinkles
Wilton Edible Markers

Okay so the problem with the first batch was the black edible marker wouldn't work.  First I used them to make the pupil on the white sprinkles for his eyes and it ran out of ink. So I had to wait between applications and when I went to draw on the mouth, after the chocolate had set, then it stopped working altogether. All was not lost because for the second batch I used black royal icing, I had just finished icing some sugar cookies....of course they were snowmen too....  
and had some left over so I tried it and it worked out great!! Easy, simple and just as sweet I thought!! You be the judge!!

Batch #1

Hard to tell from the photo but the mouth's were smudges and I only managed to make 8 before my edible pen died!!! 

Batch #2

Hmmmm......Okay so maybe they're both cute but the second attempt went smoothly and was so easy to do!!
Either way I had fun making them and that's all that counts!! When it comes to being creative the sky's the limit!! Use your imagination, dig in your candy stash and see what you come up. One thing for sure is give it a try. Cake pops are fun and easy to make. And eating them is just one bite away!! 

Oh and about the snowmen obsession, here's some pictures of the snowmen sugar cookies I was decorating.

They're so cute I'm having a hard time parting with them but as the song goes....but he waved goodbye, sayin' "Don't you cry , I'II be back again some day." I'm sure I will be re-visiting snowmen many more times <3

With SweetBakedLove <3

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