I love to bake; even more I love baking with my boys (even if they bake with me for the sampling)! We always have a lot of fun making cake pops/cake balls. Here is our latest attempt at Conversation Heart Cake Pops that we decided to give as gifts to some very special people!
(*Note: Yes, the hearts are in fact orange and green…why you ask…because my son REALLY wanted orange and green. Why not, who said you HAVE to use red and pink!?)
Ingredients: Boxed Cake Mix, Container of Icing, Cake Pop Sticks (sold in a variety of sizes at Michaels), Candy Coating, Food Markers,
1. How to Make Cake Ball/Pop Batter: Bake a boxed cake mix according to the directions on the box. When cake is cooled, crumble the cake and combine with 2/3 of a container of your favorite icing in large bowl. Mix the cake and icing together throughly with your hands. You want the batter consistency to be similar to that of play-doh (not too dry, not to sticky).
- Our cake batter was left over from a recent cake. Whenever I have left over cake, I combine it with icing, and toss it in the freezer to save for cake balls/pops. In a tightly sealed container you can store the batter without a problem. Not wasting food secretly makes my heart smile!
2. We molded our batter into our heart shaped ice cube trays and placed them in the freezer. When frozen, we popped them out, slightly smoothed out any bumps, and placed them back into the freezer.
3. Next, we used green and orange candy coating disks to coat the cake pops. When melting the disks, I always prefer to use a mug or other small/slender container as I able able to cover more cake balls/pops. I melt the disks in the mug using the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each 30 seconds.
4. Then, take a stick, dip one tip into the candy coating, then insert it into bottom of the frozen cake batter shaped heart. Next, dip the entire heart into the candy coating. Tap the side of the stick against the rim to release the extra candy coating back into the cup.
5. Finally, place the cake pops upright until they finish drying (styrofoam works great). When the candy coating is dry you can then lay them down to write/decorate the hearts. Store cake pops in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer if made ahead of time.