The filigree type design was rather time consuming, but once I did a few I got the hang of it. Whatever you do, don't have a cup of coffee beforehand. You need some seriously steady hands. I used a squeeze bottle and candy melts for the piping, it worked great! I'll try squeeze bottles for cookie decorating next time, it was easy and considerably less messy than decorating bags. I hope whomever won these enjoys them!
Cake Popsfrom Bakerella
1 box lemon cake mix
1 can cream cheese frosting (16 oz)
Candy melts, for a full batch you will probably need about two of the Wilton-sized bags
Lollipop sticks (you can find these at Michael's, if you're making a bouquet you'll want the medium Length sticks)
Block of florist foam
Small flower pot
- Bake the cake according to instructions.
- When the cake has cooled completely, crumble it into pieces with your hands, the crumbs should be pea-sized or smaller. Mix the frosting and cake together in a large bowl until the cake is moist. Start with about 1 cup of frosting and try rolling it into a ball about the size of a quarter. If the ball falls apart add 1/4 cup more frosting and try again. I ended up using about 3/4 of the can of frosting
- Form the cake and frosting mixture into balls with the hands and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Chill in refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
- Melt a small amount of candy melts in a double boiler or in the microwave and dip each stick about 1/2-inch into the melted chocolate, then stick about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way through the cake ball. If it starts to crumble just reshape.
- Place the finished balls onto a sheet of parchment paper and put in the freezer for about 30 minutes or longer.
- Melt chocolate in a double boiler in the microwave.
- Remove the cake pops one at a time from the refrigerator and dip them into the melted candy. If you use a deeper bowl it will make it easier to fully coat the cake pop. Rotate and tap the stick at an angle to let the candy drip off to thoroughly coat.
- Put the stick in the florist foam block to let them dry completely.
- Once they are dry, melt the candy melt color you are planning to decorate with. Pour into a squeeze bottle or a decorating bag with the smallest plain tip attached. Pipe designs and let dry.
- Place a square of florist foam in the bottom of the flower pot and cover with paper grass. Then put in as many cake pops as you like.
- To package it I put a plastic treat wrapper (from Michael's) around each cake pop and tied it with a pink ribbon.
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