Friday, March 09, 2018

Divas Can Cook: Strawberry Cake Pops

For my niece's second birthday, I made a really neat strawberry cake shaped like a "2".  But that meant extra cake that was trimmed away.  And it's always a shame to throw away cake.  What's a baker to do?  Easy answer: eat the extra cake furtively by the kitchen sink.  Slightly less easy answer: make cake pops.  Needless to say, I opted for the second option.  The kids snatched these up in addition to a piece of regular strawberry cake, so it appears they were a hit.

Note:  I would estimate the leftovers from my cake were approximately the same as the yield from a regular cake mix.  You may need to adjust the recipe slightly depending on how much cake you have left.

Strawberry Cake Pops
From Divas Can Cook blog

Strawberry cake, prepared
Strawberry frosting (amount depends on moistness of cake)
2 bags white candy melts
Cake pop sticks
Colored sugar or other sprinkles

Add cake to a large bowl and crumble until it resembles fine crumbs.  Using your hands, add in frosting a little bit at a time until cake is moist and can hold a ball shape, yet still slightly crumbly.

Use a mini ice cream scoop and scoop out two balls of cake mixture.  Roll the mixture into a tight ball and place on a plate. Repeat until all the cake mixture has been rolled into balls.

Melt 2 to 4 ounces of white chocolate in the microwave.  Dip the tip of the cake pop sticks into the white chocolate and insert into the cake balls about halfway.  Freeze for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare all of your decorating supplies.  Melt the remaining candy melts in a large cup.  Make sure you have enough candy to completely submerge the cake ball.

Remove cake balls from freezer.  Dip cake balls carefully into the candy until covered.  Let the excess candy drip off.  Swirl and tap gently if needed.  Add the decorations while the candy is still wet; it will harden quickly.  Stick the decorated cake pop into a styrofoam block to finish setting.  Place into the freezer to speed up setting time.

Cover with a clear treat bag & ribbon for gift giving, if desired.  Store in a cool area in a single layer, in an airtight container.

Makes 12 cake pops

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