Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cake Pops Disaster Turned Good

In a previous post on my rushed & simple New Year's eve eye makeup look, I mentioned that I decided to try making cake pops for the first time.

Well, as you can tell from the title, the cake pops were a disaster! Most of the cake pops recipes that I read online listed frosting as one of the ingredients but I refused to buy frosting because a) I strongly dislike it, & b) I thought the cake pop would be way too sweet if I mixed frosting & chocolate cake & then dipped that in milk chocolate & topped it off with some more sweet decorations.

So leaving out the frosting, I decided to crumble some cake mix & make balls out of that. The balls weren't binding as well as I wanted them to & when I placed them on a lollipop stick & tried dipping them in  melted milk chocolate, they started falling apart. The process was so time consuming & messy that I was frustrated & was ready to throw away the cake mix, the balls, & the broken balls. My mum, dad, & uncle kept me going though & I decided I'd make cake balls instead of cake pops.

I used Betty Crocker's Super Moist Devil's Food cake mix & baked the whole cake, but ended up using only about half of the cake for these chocolate balls. While making the chocolate balls I mixed in some of the melted milk chocolate, which helped bind the balls. After I was done making all the balls, I dipped a few of them in chocolate all the way around & I dipped the rest only halfway. I put them in the fridge for the melted chocolate to set a bit so that the decorations/toppings wouldn't sink in to the chocolate. I took the balls out of the fridge after 15 minutes or so, decorated them with coloured round sprinkles & stars & put them back in the fridge till about half an hour before it was time to serve them.

I just thought I'd share my experience since I've been seeing pictures of cake pops pop up everywhere, but my first time trying them out wasn't good. I'm glad I was able to make it work though & if someone out there ends up having problems with cake pops, I hope you don't give up & make some cake balls instead because they're delicious!

Have you tried making cake pops? How was your experience?


Distinque said...

OMG that looks so good. looks great!

January 25, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Anonymous said...

Yummy :)

February 7, 2012 at 9:20 AM
Anonymous said...

The frosting is what binds them together. If you rty it again, use 3/4 can of store bought frosting and then refridgerate them until you are raedy to dip the sticks into them. They will come out a lot prettier:)

February 23, 2012 at 2:35 PM

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