Every year, I make a "signature item" for the Christmas season. Usually it's a baked good- last year it was my peppermint chocolate cookies, the year before gingerbread men. But basically I make a ton of whatever item I pick and then pass them out to co-workers, take some to neighbors and bring them to just about every holiday party that I'm invited to. Makes life easy!
And this year's signature item? Christmas cake pops, baby.
Here's what you need to make yourself some Christmas cake pops:
-cake mix (and whatever you need to prepare according to box)
-can of icing
Let me just say that for those of you who haven't noticed, I'm sort of a fly by the seat of my pants kind of chef. I spend my time in the kitchen with "a dash of this" and a "hint of that" and measuring things to taste. Needless to say, I'm not a perfectionist when it comes to baking, which you can see in my
crooked sloppy silly completely unprofessional hot mess cake pops. They certainly don't look like the fancy ones at Starbucks! But trust me, they are goooood.
1. Bake cake according to directions.
2. Once cooled, spoon the cake into a bowl. Add about 3/4 cup canned icing and mix.
Just a thought... I actually put a whole can of icing in at this point. I think it's easiest to use whipped icing so that it was easier to mix. But next time I plan to use about 3/4 of a can of icing- I think that will give the perfect icing + cake mix.
3. Roll your cake + icing mix into little balls.
This is where I had trouble. My balls are not exactly even. (TWSS) I was kind of thinking that the candy shell would cover up my glitches in the ball-making department, but um... it doesn't. But I'm sure all of you won't have a problem and are better ball-makers than I. (Humor me again... TWSS)
4. Melt a small amount of your candy melt. Coat the top of each lollipop stick with candy melt and then stick into each ball. Refrigerate.
The hardened candy melt helps the lollipop stick adhere to the cake mix.
5. Once the candy melt and mix have been refrigerated for at least a couple of hours, melt the rest of the candy melts in a bowl. I used chocolate and peppermint candy melts for these. Simply swirl each cake ball in the candy melt and sprinkle with fun holiday sprinkles.
I let the cake pops dry in the cake pop carrier that I made. I simply wrapped a foam block with wrapping paper and stuck each stick in the foam. Voila! A festive cake pop holder.
So there you have it, my holiday cake pop recipe. My mix made about 40 cake pops.
And yes, friends and family... get excited because I will be bringing these to all of our holiday functions this year! Speaking of... who wants to help me make 200 cake pops for this weekend?
Now it's time to link up your holiday recipe over on Natasha's blog, Schue Love!