Guest Blogger: Mary Beth of Nothing But Country – Valentine Cake Pops

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308712_10150288655182104_239815990_nI 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.

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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.

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Remove them and allow to fully cool.

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This is my favorite coating chocolate. Comes in white and chocolate candy coating. I find this at walmart.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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

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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.

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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!

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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!!!

ENJOY!!

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 :)

17 Responses to Guest Blogger: Mary Beth of Nothing But Country – Valentine Cake Pops

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  2. Nicole says:

    Love it! I do NOT like the cake pops that are made mashing up a baked cake with frosting. The texture is just not appealing to me at all. This kind, I think I could get behind! Thanks for sharing!
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  3. I love little gadgets like that to make the job easier!! Thanks for the tips. I tried cake pops once, but it was the version where you break up the cake and mix it with frosting. I thought I must have done it wrong because they were AWFUL! But if it was just regular cake mix – problem solved!!
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  4. ChiWei says:

    I always wondered how one goes about making cake pops – this little tool sounds like it could come in awfully handy! Thanks for linking up at my Facebook party!

  5. Very cute!!
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  6. Yummo! We found you via Diana Rambles – Pin Me Linky Party

  7. Ugh, I need to make these now! I've seen the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker, but I hadn't heard any specific reviews, so I was admittedly skeptical. Officially sold now! Stopping by from SITS and loving your ideas. Feel free to stop by and visit back if you get the chance :) Have a fabulous weekend!

    xo,

    Stephanie

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  8. These are adorable! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects. Your blog is looking great by the way!
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  9. Winnie says:

    These are very beautiful!

  10. amy says:

    These look SO good!! And so cute and festive too! Thanks for linking up!

  11. I need that gadget now!! I love cake pops and these look delicious! Found you on Bouquet of Talent linky party, so glad I did!
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  12. These looks so yummy and festive. I have yet to try cake pops but they're on my bucket list! :)
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  13. Yummy! I was wondering how the cake pops were made nice and round.
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  14. Thanks for sharing these at Must Try Monday, too. Love them!
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  15. I have the BabyCakes Cake Pop Maker too, but I always forget to use it! Thanks for reminding me that I need to pull it out and put it to use! These are adorable.
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  16. Kathy Moody says:

    This look so yummy and such a great tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent!! So thrilled to have you share with us!! Have a fabulous weekend.

    XOXO

    Kathy
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