Wednesday, July 2, 2014

How to Make Red, White, and Blue Cake Pops

How to Make Red, White, and Blue Cake Pops


How to Make Red, White, and Blue Cake Pops

I made these for my son's Spiderman birthday party a few weeks ago at the end of May, but I thought this would be the perfect treat to make for Fourth of July BBQ's coming up soon!  It's an easy way to keep down on dirty dishes without sacrificing people's sweet tooths, and it looks much more fancy than a cookie!

Ingredients:

  • Boxed Yellow Cake Mix {I'm a big fan of the Betty Crocker cake mixes.}
  • Eggs, Oil or Butter, and Water according to box mix recipe
  • Blue Food Dye
  • 1/4- 1/3 cup of Vanilla Frosting {I like Pillsbury, as I used in my Spiderman Cake}
  • 3 cups of Red Melting Chocolate {Wilsons brand is the easiest to come by}
  • 1 cup of White Melting Chocolate
  • 3 tbs Blue Sugar Sprinkles

Tools Needed:

  • Mixing Bowl 
  • 24 Cake Pop Sticks
  • Baking Pan
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Tin Foil
  • Narrow Cup (for dipping chocolate)
  • Double Boiler (or disposable melting boxes, you can also just use a bowl to microwave the chocolate)
  • Cake Pop Stand (you can use a block of styrofoam)


Instructions for Preparation of the Cake Pops:

1.  Mix your batter according to the recipe on the box.  Before you pour it into your baking pan, add some blue food dye to create a blue cake for the inside of the pops.  I use a regular round baker for this.


How To Make Cake Pops

2.  Bake your cake according to the recipe and remove to cool.  While your cake is baking, wash your mixing bowl, because we're going to use it again to mix the inside of the pops.

3.  When completely cool, break your cake up into crumbs and add to clean mixing bowl.

How To Make Cake Pops

4.  Add your frosting, one tablespoon at a time until your cake is thoroughly coated in frosting.  You should be able to mold it into small balls without it being too saturated with frosting.  The amount you use will depend on how sweet you like it, but go easy.  It shouldn't resemble sticky mush when you're done.  It should still have enough cake to be "cake pops" not chocolate covered frosting pops.

5.  Use your hands to mix the frosting with the cake, forming it into one large ball first, then creating small balls.  Place the balls on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil until we're ready to add the sticks.
How To Make Cake Pops


6.  Melt some chocolate using your preferred method.  I like using the Wilson boxes, so I don't have more dishes to wash when I'm done. I can just toss the used boxes out.  I know, not very environmentally conscious, but I'm really not a fan of more dishes in the kitchen.  It's the biggest thing that deters me from cooking!
How To Make Cake Pops



7. Dip the ends of the cake pop sticks into the chocolate and insert into cake balls.
How To Make Cake Pops

How To Make Cake Pops


8. Stick the whole cookie sheet in the freezer for about 15 minutes.
How To Make Cake Pops


9. While the pops are hardening up, melt up your red chocolate and pour it into a narrow cup about a half inch wider than your cake pops.  This will help you coat them nice and evenly and much quicker than twirling them in a wide open bowl.  Make sure the chocolate is very thinned out and smooth.  If you chocolate is too thick, it will pull your pops off the stick and drive you nuts!  This trick too me forever to figure out.

This is where my photos stop.  I forgot to take photos of the chocolate dipping process, sorry!

10. Once the pops have hardened, dip them into your narrow cup of chocolate until they are just covered.  I tap the stick on the side of the cup and gently rotate the pop to remove any excess chocolate so there's a nice thin shell on the outside.  Stick each pop into your holder to cool.

11. Melt your white chocolate.  It doesn't have to be in a narrow cup.  Just something you can easily dip the very tip of the cake pop in.

How To Make Cake Pops

12. Dip the tips of your red cake pops in the white chocolate to add your "white" layer to the red, white, and blue cake pops.

13. Before the white chocolate hardens, sprinkle or dip your cake pop into the blue sugar crystals to add the touch of "blue".  Set into your holder to cool.

Cake Pop Decorating Stand




This is the cake pop stand that I bought from Wilsons at Walmart, and I've got to say I'm not a fan.  There is nothing on the bottom to keep the stick from completely falling through and chocolate getting over the top part when you're trying to move it around.  It wasn't very convenient for me, but someone else may have better luck.


And that's it!  Feel free to cover in some cellophane and tie them off with some red white and blue ribbons!  You can adjust this recipe easily to coordinate with any color theme for just about any event.  Cake pops make amazing favors for birthday parties, weddings, bridal or baby showers, or pretty much any event.  Seriously, who doesn't like cake!? 


Thanks so much for reading!  Don't forget to PIN this recipe for future reference and of course check out more of my delicious recipes and crafts on the blog.  See you next time!




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