Cake pops

Emma’s 4th birthday is just around the corner. For her birthday party I thought it might be fun to make cake pops this year instead of cupcakes. I love the look of cake pops but have never been impressed with the taste and texture. I decided to do a trial run to see how they’re made and if they’d taste any different from the ones I’ve had.

First I made a huge sheet cake courtesy of the Pioneer Woman. She says it’s The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake. Ever. So I though it was the perfect cake for the pops. I’ve made this sheet cake before and I do love it. It’s so easy to make and has the perfect chocolate taste and texture.

While my cake was cooling, I made my homemade buttercream frosting. Keep in mind, when you make Cake Pops you’ll only need a big serving spoon size of frosting so you don’t need to make a lot of it. I make it and freeze it since it whips up nicely for a later use. Once your cake is cool to the touch, brake it up into small crumbly pieces. I actually take a fork and run it through the cake several times, this seems to do the trick.

Put your cake in a bowl and add a large serving spoon full of your butter cream frosting. Mix together until your cake is moist. I use my hands to mix it so I know it’s fully incorporated.

Once your frosting and cake has been mixed, you’re ready to make the dipping chocolate. I used See’s candy chocolates but you can use any kind of baking chocolate or melts. Use a double broiler to make sure you don’t have any lumps and get the right consistency.

While my chocolate is melting, I start forming my balls. I like a 1.5-inch shape. This is the perfect size and is still easy to completely cover with chocolate. Drop your shaped balls into the chocolate and cover completely. I use a fork to lift them out so the excess chocolate drips off. Once I put them on my foiled board I insert the sticks.

While the chocolate is still warm, I add my sprinkles. Once they’re done, I put them in the fridge until I’m ready to serve them. These are so easy to make and look like you’ve spent a lot of time doing them. Not only do they look amazing but they are much better than the store bought pops!

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