Ok, so if you consider yourself somewhat of a baker and you haven't heard of cake pops, well, then you need to jump on the bandwagon. These things are insane!! I *might* have a slight addiction towards them; thinking about them, making them, eating them...well, I can't stop the madness. To add to my affliction, a couple of months ago, I was graced with the opportunity to meet the Queen of Cake Pops herself, Bakerella. She has a new book out, which I highly recommend. I have been practicing cake pops for quite a while and this book has really helped me out.
I met Bakerella at a food blog forum I attended in Atlanta. It was all really exciting. Being there with other food bloggers that I follow and finally meeting them was really great. When I found out that Bakerella was going to be there, I brought my Cake Pops book for her to sign. Now, I'm not really a good person to just go up and introduce myself, especially when the person I want to meet is of celebrity status. I don't want to bother them or seem geeky, or even worse, stalker-ish (that's a word, right?) And yes, to me, Bakerella is of celebrity status.
So anyway, I go up to her, with book in hand and I think I give her this shy look, like, "will you sign my book" look.. She asked me if I have ever made cake pops before. I tell her I've been practicing and that I've had some trouble with certain things. She then proceeds to open up the book and then before she autographs it, she asks "Do you want me to make it out to you?"
Me: "Oh yes! That would be great!"
Bakerella: "Okay, what's your name?"
Me:............(insert the sound of crickets)................
Bakerella, looking at my name tag: "It's Shannon!"
|Is it geeky to have had this as your Facebook profile pic?|
I...FORGOT.... MY NAME?!!?!?!!?!!
I FORGOT MY NAME?!?!?!?!?!
Okay, talk about embarrassing, but hey, I met Bakerella and got my book signed, so SCORE!!
For better detailed instructions and awesome pics of really cute cake pops, go to Bakerella's website.
For cake pops you will need:1 box cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake) (any flavor you choose)
1 can frosting (16 oz.) (again, any flavor you choose, but cream cheese and vanilla seem to work really well)
1 package candy wafers
(You can buy them at Michael's or Hobby Lobby)
* After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
* Mix thoroughly with 1 can frosting. (I don't use the entire can. I start with a little over half of the can and then eyeball it from there) You don't want the mixture to be too moist, so that's why I don't use the entire can of frosting.
* Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50)
* Chill the balls while you melt your candy. (You can speed this up by putting in the freezer.)
* Melt candy in microwave per directions on package.
* Insert lollipop stick into melted candy and then into a cake ball. The melted candy kinda acts like a glue and holds the ball onto the stick.
* Then dip the cake ball straight into the melted candy. Make sure it is completely coated and then lift up, letting the excess candy drip off the ball.
*Now is the time to decorate your cake pop with sprinkles or whatever you desire. You want to make sure that your decorations stick, so decorate before the candy hardens on the cake ball.
* Insert the cake pop into a styrofoam block or something that will keep it right side up so the cake pop can dry and set up.