It finally took some convincing by my friend Claire from grad class, but I have attempted the cake pop! In the end, I was quite satisfied with the results and would definitely make them again. I am including here lots of pictures, since it is definitely a long process, as well as my notes, tips and trick to getting this recipe to work. It was not "hard" however there are things that I know now that will make it easier the second time around... don't worry, I will share!
First though, to address the cake pop phenomenon! Like any other person I started by Googling "cake pops" to gather some research.
I found some absolutely wonderful and inspirational photos, recipes, as well as tips. Listed here are some of my favorites, but the true cake pop master is Bakerella. Check out that blog for fabulous and awe-inspiring baked anything!
Here are some others that I found helpful to guide me through my cake pop journey:
The Kitchn - Great instructions for getting started! This is where I got most of my help.
Bakerella Flicker - Oh to be so talented!
Just a Bite - Strictly selling cake pops, but great images and ideas!
Babble - A site for new moms, but a great recipe for chocolate pops filled with cheese cake!
So after you have become completely intimidated by those images, let me show you mine!
I am going to include the basic recipe here and create a second posting that includes all of the steps and instructions.
To get started:
1 box of cake mix (yes, I didn't do this from scratch because this cut a serious amount of time off the process!)
1 can of frosting (I only needed about 2/3 of the can)
2 bags of candy melts (I started with one and needed a second)
50 Candy pop sticks (It definitely makes more that I realized)
Bake the cake according to the package directions and then let cool completely. I just stuck mine in the fridge for 24 hrs.
Cake/Icing Combination Suggestions
Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Icing
Chocolate and Chocolate
Carrot or Spice Cake and Cream Cheese Icing
Vanilla and Chocolate
Chocolate and German Chocolate Icing
Strawberry and Cream Cheese Icing
and many more...
Stay tuned for the process...