Monday, August 29, 2011

How to make Cake Pops in 10 easy steps

Caleb's teacher, Miss Taylor, recently gave me her recipe for Oreo cake and homemade buttercream icing. This is now my favorite cake! I have been wanting to try to make cake pops for quite some time now, so I decided to try them out with the new Oreo cake recipe in hand. After reading up all the different ways to make cake pops, I felt confident and ready to give it a go.

What you'll need:
box of cake mix and eggs, water, and oil as called for on box
Oreo cookies, about 15 crushed
1 stick butter, softened
1/2c shortening
1 tsp vanilla
4c powdered sugar
1 tblsp milk
Candy Melts Melting Chocolate
lollipop sticks

Step 1: Preheat oven as directed on cake mix box and prepare white cake as directed on package.  I like to use the Moise Supreme cake mix that has the pudding in the mix.
Step 2: Fold in  about 3/4 of the crushed up Oreos into the cake batter. Reserve the remaining crushed Oreos for later.

Step 3: Pour Oreo cake mix into a greased 13x9 baking dish and bake as directed on package. I like to grease my pans with the Bakers Joy Flour Spray. I baked my cake for 30 minutes. You can tell the cake is done with it bounces back lightly to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean when placed in the center. Allow the cake to cool completely.

Step 4: Crumble the cake. I kept the cake in the baking dish and used my Pampered Chef Mix n' Mash tool to mash up the cake into small peices.

Step 5: Make the icing. You will need the following:
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 c Crisco shortening
1 tsp vanilla
4 c powdered sugar
1 tblsp milk

Beat the butter, shortening and vanilla together. Mix the powdered sugar in one cup at a time. Scaping sides with each addition. Beat at high speed for about 2-3 mins, icing should be firm. Add one tablespoon milk and beat until spreading consistency.

Step 6: Mix your crumbled cake and icing together. 

I used my mixer to combine the two together. You should end up with a thick dough like mixture. 

Step 7: Use a cookie scoop and roll the mixture into small balls. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet. Refridgerate for about 10 mins to set. 

Step 8: Melt a small portion of your Candy Melts chocolate in a small bowl. Apply a small amount of chocolate to one end of your lollipop stick and press into your cake mixture. This will help your stick stay in place when you dip each cake ball into chocolate. Freeze your cakes on a stick for a good 45 mins to 1 hour. I used this time to cuddle up with both my boys and take a nap!

Step 9: Melt the remaining bag of the Candy Melts in a large, deep bowl. Dip and cover each of your cake ball mixtures into the melted chocolate. Allow excess to drip off. Dip the top of the cake ball into a small bowl of crushed Oreos. Place dipped cake balls into plastic covered Styrofoam or place on your parchment lined cookie sheet. 

Step 10: ENJOY!! Eat to your hearts content, and then share the rest. 


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