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Move over Cupcake….here come…..Cake Pops…..Brownie Pops….Cake Balls…..Desserts On The Stick!
Yes……the newest crazy that is sweeping the nation….
It is amazing how FAST books….templates….baking pans…..supplies……candy melts……displays….blogs…..websites….stores started popping up when the first Cake on the Stick….known as Cake Pop became a sensation..
I had no choice…..I had to give in…..I admit….some of the cake pops and brownie pops are mighty cute.
I marched myself to the cake supplies store and bought candy melts….sticks….decorations….few books….
…..The long story short……I tried…..I followed the instructions…. I did my research…..
…..some turned out great….some looked like victims of a bad accident….
|Halloween Spice Cake Balls
The biggest issue I have is with MELTING the candy melts and getting them the right consistency in order to produce the beautiful CAKE POPS I keep seeing in books and magazines.
No matter what I do….whose instructions I follow…..same result…..thick melted candy….too thick to make smooth and dainty cake or brownies pops.
Last night I was making Halloween Cake & Brownie Pops for my little nieces preschool……let me tell you….talk about frustration….
Then I decided……I do love the concept and the taste of Cake Pops…..so far I haven’t mastered the craft (I don’t give up)……so the only solutions was…..for time being…..CAKE BALLS.
I made sure my Cake Balls like snow flakes were all different which in my opinion give them character and certain HANDMADE quality.
Then I made them all pretty and ready to share…..
Now…..I like to bake my own cake, but I’ve been told that box cake works better for cake pops and cake balls….I wasn’t going to argue at this point….so this recipe (if you can call it that) is using cake from box.
I figured if Giada can use cake from box in most of her shows I’ve seen so can I……
This recipe makes 35-40 Cake Balls
- Spice Cake Mix (prepare according to directions in 9×13 cake pan)
- 1 cup Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 package Wilton Halloween Green Candy Melts
- Harvest Mix Sprinkles
- Candy Paper Cup Liners
- Handful Wilton Orange Candy Melts
STEP 1: While cake is still warm crumble it up into a bowl. Mix in the frosting and mix well. You want it to be moist, but not wet and heavy.
STEP 2: Make about 1,5″ cake balls out of the mixture. Place them on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Cover and put in the fridge for few hours till they are firm. If you are putting them in the freezer for a quick cooling make sure you won’t freeze them.
STEP 3: Make candy coating put green candy melts into a deep microwavable container (I use drinking glasses). Microwave on medium power for 1 minute. Stir and then microwave for additional 30 seconds until the coating is completely melted. Be careful not to overheat the coating which is very easy to do with candy melts.
STEP 4: To dip cake ball put each cake ball onto skewer or fondue fork. Dip into candy coating almost completely. Leave just little plain dot on the bottom. Swirl it around to drop off the excess coating and to make different and interesting designs (with my cake balls you don’t have to worry about being smooth and perfect).
STEP 5: Place onto wax paper and immediately sprinkle with sprinkles. You have to be fast…..I would even sprinkle them the minute they come out just make sure you don’t sprinkle over the container with candy coating.
STEP 6: To make little orange candy coating designs place few candy melts into small Ziploc bag. Put in the microwave for few seconds to melts. Cut of the end and let your imagination go.
STEP 7: After the cake balls are dry place them into candy paper cup liners.
I had few brownie pops leftover so I rolled them into balls and dipped them in white wafer melts.
Have you ever made Cake Pops or Brownie Pops? Did you master it? Any pointers for me?
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