Our school has been working with Free the Children an organization that strives to help people in need. We have gone as far as being able to adopt a village and be able to make a direct impact on peoples lives. With this organization all you have to do is choose a village to help and a way to help them whether it be through poverty, thirst, exploitation or disease. My school chose to work with Haiti and to focus on thirst. To raise money for Haiti we put on a Haitian market where students can sell items and other people could come and buy the wares. All the money would go to this wonderful cause and help people that are less fortunate than us.
When me and my friend started helping to organize this, it wasn't that hard for us to decide what to sell, we were going to bake of course! Now both of us had made cupcakes before and were not scared at all by that but we decided to take on a new challenge... CAKE POPS! These things are probably some of cutest things you will ever lay your eyes on. But cute comes at a price, and these little morsels of wonder are very time extensive. It gets very messy and very tricky, well at least it did for me.
It seems as if they would be easy enough to make; you roll cake into balls and then you dip them into chocolate. Easy enough right. That's what I thought to but they are a lot harder than meets the eyes. While we were making them we had a few casualties. But for the most part they turned out OK. They're not stunners and no where near the beautiful ones that Bakerella makes. But hey for the first time I'd say we did OK.
One thing we noticed when we were making them is that some of them were getting this weird cracked kind of look, and you know what? I thought it was kind of cool looking... it gave it a nice textured look. And we didn't even try to. Now with out further a do I present to you a recipe for cake pops. Enjoy!
Cake PopsYield 40-50 cake pops
- 1 boxed cake mix (and all the stuff you need to make it)
- 1 can of pre-made frosting or 1/2 cup of homemade
- 2-3 bags of candy melts or you can use chocolate chips
- lollipop sticks
- Bake cake mix according to directions
- Let cake cool then crumble it into a big mixing bowl
- Mix in half a cup of icing into cake. Make sure not to put in to much icing otherwise the cake balls will be to soft and will fall off your lollipop sticks
- Roll cake and frosting mixture into balls with about an inch in diameter
- Melt candy melts in your microwave in 30 second increments until smooth
- Dip a lollipop stick into the melted candy melts so about an inch of the end is covered in chocolate
- Immediately push into pre-made cake ball. Repeat with the rest of the cake balls. Freeze cake balls for about 15 mins
- Now this part may sound like the easiest but it's difficult. You dip the cake balls into the melted candy melts. Be careful not to move it around a lot in the candy because it could fall off. Be gentle. And if they do happen to fall off the stick just scoop them out with a spoon and set it on parchment paper.
- Once the cake ball is covered place it on parchment paper to let the coating harden. To speed up the process you can place them in the fridge.
Photographs Courtesy of Steve Eymann