Monday, June 18, 2012

Funfetti Cake Pops

There are very few times that I get REALLY excited about baking new cupcake recipes, and almost always they are a result of me coming up with what I think is not only creative, but a potentially really tasty cupcake.   And in this case, it was also a new technique, as I have never make cake pops before.   So the excitement was definitely through the roof.

The inspiration for these cupcakes came from the fact I was making them for my friend Maureen's 30th birthday.   I had seen a pin on pinterest where people put thirty lollipops in a jar with a sign that says "30 sucks" and wanted to do a play on that.   Well, it just so happened that Maureen decided to go see "Rock of Ages" for her birthday, so her cake pops became "30 Rocks!" instead.  We had also reccently been in Baltimore where I got to try Three Olives Cake Vodka for the first time, so I really wanted to find a way to incorporate it into the recipe.  And with knowing that funfetti was one of her favorite cakes, I was able to come up with these cake pops!


I started with a homemade funfetti cake.    I went through a lot of recipe research until i found one that I really liked and thought would work well... and it did!   I actually used a cupcake recipe, mostly because my default google technique is for cupcakes and not cake!  I then made a buttercream frosting, but added in the cake vodka to make them 30th birthday appropriate.  I will tell you that the icing with the vodka was amazing.   I could have eaten it with a spoon!  It was almost depressing to have to mix it in with the cake and not get to eat it on its own.    After I chilled the cake pops and covered them with melted candy pieces, I added the final "rocking" ingredient... pop rocks!   It really made the cake pops fun to eat, added a little flavor and gave everyone who didn't know a huge suprise!   The final result was just an awesome cake combination!


There were a couple things I learned about making cake pops from this experience.  First, its REALLY important to keep them cool while working with them.  Almost every problem I experienced was a result of the cake pops getting too soft to work with.  Second, pop rocks are kind of a pain to deal with.  Not only are they annoying, but they can get sticky and not really "sprinkle" well.         It was a tough ingredient to work with!


Overall, the result was awesome and everyone loved them!    Plus, I can now safely add cake pops to my repitoire of fun foods to make and enjoy.   This recipe definitely "Rocked!"

Recipe
Funfetti Cake Pops
Makes about 60

For the Cake
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup assorted colored sprinkles
  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth, about 3 minutes. 
  3. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
  4. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Add half of the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Add the milk. 
  5. Once mixed, add remaining dry ingredients. Fold in assorted sprinkles.
  6. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Let cool completely
For the Icing (Makes about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1-1/4 sticks butter
  • 3 Tbsp shortening
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup Cake Flavored Vodka (I like Three Olives) or milk
  1. Beat butter and shortening until smooth and creamy
  2. Add in powdered sugar one cup at a time, making sure it is fully incorporated after each
  3. Add in vodka and mix until smooth..
To assemble Cake Pops
  • Chocolate to melt (either white or regular)
  • Pop Rocks or other decorations
  • lollipop sticks
  1. After cake has cooled completly, cut into chunks to make easier to work with.
  2. Add in a few pieces at a time to the frosting and mix thoroughly.  After every addition the batter will get thicker.  Thats ok.
  3. Once all the cake has been added, form the cake/frosting mixture into little balls (about 2inch)  and place on a parchment covered pan (i used a 9X13).   Place cake balls in the fridge for at least a few hours or over night.
  4. Once the cake balls have cooled, melt chocolate in either a double boiler or microwave.    Dip the sticks about 1-1/2 inches into the melted chocolate and then stick it into the cake balls.   This will keep the stick in place.   
  5. Put the cake balls back in the fridge to let the sticks set.
  6. Melt more chocolate (or different color!) and get the cake pops out in about groups of 10-15.  Dip the cake pops in the chocolate completely and shake off all the extra.  Once the excess has been gotten off, you can dip the pops in whatever decorations you would like.   
  7. Let set over parchment paper (since chocolate will stick to just about everything) and then display as you want!
  8. I took at styrofoam "tree" from Michael's and spray painted it black.   Then I stuck the cake pops in as I went to use as a drying rack.   I then rearranged the cake pops so that it could double as a display for them.
Cake Recipe adapted from How Sweet it Is

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