I am so excited to be here Guest Blogging for Plucky’s Second Thought. I am Mary Beth of NothingButCountry.com! I have been blogging for a few years. We love to bake, create and I love being a mom!! I blog with my wonderful husband Chad. We have 2 kidlets that love to help us create and enjoy all the recipes we make. (Most of the time – if it involves too many veggies they tend to not be too willing to taste test…HAHA)
I have known Jessica for a very long time. Probably since 2001 I believe. So I am thrilled that she asked me to guest blog with her today!
A popular item that a lot of people ask me to make for parties is the ever popular cake pop. Cake pops can be as simple or complex as you wish them to be.
However a year ago I got this fun little gadget from Select Brands, Inc. called the Babycakes Cake pop maker. It has saved me a lot of headaches.
Making the batter I want to create them quick and fast. I use a cake box mix. (Shhhhhh.. don’t tell anyone may hurt my reputation for my freshly baked cupcakes)
You could make them from scratch by why? These are guaranteed to be moist every time.
You need 1 box of cake mix- usually they ask for 3 eggs , 1 ½ cup of water and ¼ cup of oil. However I cut the water in half and only use ¾ cup of water. This helps the cake pops cook up well and able to stay on your lollipop stick easier and not fall apart from being TOO moist.
You need approx. 1 tablespoon of cake batter in each cake pop well. I simply put all my batter into a large gallon ziptop bag and snip the corner and squeeze the batter in. Much faster and cleaner.
Close the top and bake for 4 minutes.
Remove them and allow to fully cool.
This is my favorite coating chocolate. Comes in white and chocolate candy coating. I find this at walmart.
In a double boiler, melt your candy coating till thin. It needs to be pourable from your spoon. If not you may add 1 teaspoon of shorting at a time till it is the right consistency.
I dip a lollipop stick in 1 inch into the melting chocolate and insert it in the the cake pop to set. Allow it to fully dry and harden before you start dipping your cake pops.
Once they are dry. You may dip each of your cake pops into the coating.
I prefer just to use a large spoon and spoon it over the cake pop. Then lightly tapping off the excess. Do not tap very hard you will pop off your cake ball on the end.
The Babycake maker comes with a drying stand. It will hold 12 at a time. Once I finish dipping/coating the cake pop I allow it to stand and when I have all 12 I put it in the freezer for 2 minutes and it will fully harden.
I also have made a makeshift holder as well. I stacked 2 cooling racks on top of each other to hold more than 12 pops to cool/harden. Gotta use what you have in the kitchen, right?
This will make plain colored cake pops. But I like to take it a step further.
I LOVEEEE SPRINKLES. I own so many. You can find them at your local grocery store, Target, Walmart etc. After you dip/pour coating and tapped off the excess before it hardens you need to decorate your cake pop.
I put all my sprinkles into a bowl and simply spoon over the sprinkles on the wet cake pop and allow the excess sprinkles to fall back into the bowl. Once I am done, I use a funnel and put all the sprinkles back into its correct containers till the next time I need them. I never waste sprinkles J
Then once you decorate each one at a time. Allow to cool/harden and they will be set to go and beautiful for any occasion.
This batch I was making is for Valentine’s day. It’s only 2 weeks away so you need to start planning. They make great gifts for friends and family and your love ones!
Aren’t they just too cute??
You can use different colored candy coating as well. Wilton makes quite a few different colors. When using those coatings you will need to add shorting to the candy to make them thin enough to coat your cake pops. You do not want to OVER heat your candy coating. You can burn it. So a double boiler is best to use and it keeps your coating melted for a long enough time for you to make quite a few cake pops.
1 cake mix can make up to 50 – 60 cake pops. No you do not need to decorate that many. My kids enjoyed eating them right out of the machine :) Just like donut holes. YUM!!!
Thanks for allowing me to share this post with your wonderful readers Jessica! Hope they will stop by and say hello over at NothingButCountry.com :)