Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Birthday Cake!

I've never had cake quite like this. I've seen lots of pretty photos of cake pops and other such creativeness, but I've never been brave enough to try making them. Yesterday's schedule, which required LOTS of driving (I drove over 60 miles yesterday, and went nowhere... what's that about?) and not lots of time at home, made portable birthday cake a necessity. So I braved the unknown, and tried it. (I used one of my pinterest finds for guidance.)

They turned out great!! Strawberry cake mix, vanilla frosting, and chocolate candies to be melted down... plus sprinkles of course.


So tasty! Super sweet, but in small bite-size portions it works.
In case I'm not the LAST person on earth that has tried these guys, here's the easy steps:

1) bake the cake as instructed on the box
2) let the cake cool
3) crumble the cake into a big bowl... note: exclude the crunchier parts of the cake, like the browned parts that have a more firm texture than the inner part of the cake (or else maybe that's just my cake because I'm such an awesome baker and I burn stuff?? *lol*)
4) with a fork, mix in about 1/2 can of store-bought frosting. squish it all up until it's mixed evenly
5) roll the cake into balls (my cake mix made 34 balls... funny cuz I'm 34 years old... hmmmm) and refrigerate
6) melt the chocolate... I used the kind of chocolate that you use to make the little Easter chocolate candy lolipops and such. In a microwave safe bowl, melt it on 50% for 1 minute. stir. then on 50% in 30 second intervals until it's all smooth
7) dip the sucker stick into the melted chocolate, then stick it into the cake ball
8) spoon the melted chocolate over the cake ball and set on wax paper to harden... if you want sprinkles, add them right after you spoon the chocolate on before it hardens

That's it. A bit time consuming, but not difficult. Kids LOVED them. I'll definitely be doing these again.


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