December 08, 2012

Christmas Cake Pops

Each time I make cake pops, I swear never again.  However this time it's for a very good cause, an MKEfoodies holiday bake sale that supports Cookies for Kids' Cancer.  I'm volunteering during the bake sale tomorrow and I hope to see you there!


There are a ton of steps in making cake pops and certain tools help make it less stressful, such as a food processor for crumbling the cake.


A small Oxo scoop is also helpful for forming the cake balls.  A 9x13 cake produces approximately 50 cake balls, all of which should fit back in a 9x13 pan (don't forget parchment paper).

 
There are a few different ways to melt chocolate.  I prefer using a Wilton Chocolate Pro (actually I use two at a time), which I find very helpful when making cake pops. 
 
In the past I've bought all chocolate coating from Cake & Bake, but when I was shopping there this past weekend I was distraught to see a large sign warning that their chocolate supplier had changed the formula.  The chocolate now requires refrigeration in order to set, but not for more than 20 minutes, which sounded like a huge pain.

I had heard good things about Wilton Candy Melts, so I figured it was a good time to try something new and I was happy with the results.  They melted well and taste-wise I couldn't tell the difference between Wilton and Cake & Bake's chocolate.

 
Cake pops are time consuming, so it's frustrating when you have problems, even though you're seemingly doing everything right.  This time around my biggest problem was condensation.  Turning to google, I found a helpful FAQ from Veronica's Cornucopia and also great tips from CandiQuick and KC Bakes.

Knowing I would encouter some problems, I made two 9x13 cakes which made approximately 100 cake pops.  I needed 52 to fill my new cake pop stand for the bake sale, so I didn't panic when I saw cracks, cake bursting through the chocolate, cake pops stuck together and condensations on the pops.  It's a tough jobs, but someone has to eat the rejects :)

I'd highly recommend the cake pop stand that I purchased.  It's sturdy, easy to transport and cake pops fit well even when wrapped.  The only tip I have is to add cake pops from top to bottom.  After removing the cake pops to wrap them, I mistakenly put them back the opposite way.


The stand isn't quite as attractive when all the cake pops are wrapped, but I'm hoping they all sell tomorrow to raise money for Cookies for Kids' Cancer.  I made a sign to help people differentiate the different cake flavors, which I identified with red and silver twist ties.


6 comments:

  1. Your cake pops turned out perfectly! SO SO SO festive!

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  2. Your empty bowl and oxo scooper look like a stick man in a snow globe...p.s. please send "rejected cake pops" to Co. Springs. I will provide them with a good...though short lived home p.s.s...my hips disagree with the previous statement .....um...huh...

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    1. Ask and you shall receive :) I just packaged up the remaining rejects and they are now in a Priority Mail box, so you should have them by Wednesday. Hope you and Mike like them!

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  3. Awesome! My butt says "thank you"...

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  4. These are darling! Must have sold out immediately since I never even saw them!

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  5. Yummy! Shared with Mikey and parents ;) thanks!

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