One Year Ago: Homemade Ricotta-Parmesan Ravioli in Marinara
My mother, sister and I threw a baby shower this past Saturday for my amazing sister-in-law, Samantha, who is having a boy. One of my tasks was the party favors, which I immediately knew would be edible. Once I made up my mind that I was going to make baby cake pops, I purchased some AmeriColor Gourmet Writer Food Decorating Pens from Amazon so I could draw the little faces. Why I have waited so long to purchase these is beyond me. I highly recommend them as they write beautifully and brilliantly. Have I mentioned before that I am addicted to making cake pops? Yes! These little guys are so easy to make.
- 1 box cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
- 1 (16 oz) can frosting
- Wax paper
- White candy melts
- AmeriColor Gourmet Writer Food Decorating Pens, for drawing faces
- Cupcake papers, bonnets
- Colored gel icing, for pacifiers
- Lollipop sticks
- Styrofoam block
After the cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble it into large bowl. Mix the frosting thoroughly into the crumbled cake. You do not need the entire can of frosting, so start out by using about 2/3 of the can and add more if you need to.
Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls. Place the cake balls on wax paper covered cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50)
Melt the chocolate in the microwave per directions on package. (30 sec intervals, stirring in between.) Dip the tip of your lollipop sticks in a little of the melted candy coating and insert into the cake balls. (Insert a little less than halfway.) Place them in the freezer for a little while to firm up.
Once the cake pops are firm, carefully insert the cake ball into the candy coating by holding the lollipop stick and rotating until covered. Once covered, remove and softly tap and rotate until the excess chocolate falls off. Don’t tap too hard or the cake ball will fall off, too. Repeat with the remainder of the cake pops.
Place them in a styrofoam block to dry.
Once the candy has hardened completely, draw the faces. To make the pacifier, simply place a small amount of the gel icing where the mouth would go. Use a food writing pen to draw a u-shape under it.
Using scissors, make a single slit down the side of one of the cupcake papers. Place the lollipop stick in the slit, making sure that the face is in the center of the cupcake paper. Gather both ends of the cupcake paper slit and tape them together. Repeat with the remaining cake pops.