Cake Pops - An International Incident!

Cake Pops
I haven't participated in the International Incident Party, hosted by the fabulous Penny aka Jeroxie (Who's Birthday is this month, Happy Birthday Penny!!), in quite some time. I don't know why, as I always enjoy doing it (and if you haven't, you really should look into signing up). This time we were making something I have heard of but haven't ever tried to make or have ever eaten. Cake pops!

With all that is going on in my life this month and especially this weekend, what with 2 more weeks until the big move across the pond and my mother and mother-in-law coming this coming Monday, I wasn't at all sure if I should try to participate this month either.

When I saw the theme was cake pops though, I decided it would be something great for my kiddo to take to school with him and to give out to his classmates as an early goodbye gift.

I had planned on going all out and making the cake pops look like beavers (in tribute to Canada) but as you can see below, it just didn't work out like I had planned (looks deranged, doesn't he?).
I didn't do these all on my own however, I did have help with dipping into the chocolate and the poking the sticks into the balls part, all thanks to my little helper (if he gets to take 'em to school he gets to help too!).

beaver cakepop  

Vanilla Cake
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened (10 seconds in the microwave will do this perfectly)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
Using a whisk,in a bowl whisk together flours, baking powder and salt until evenly distributed.

In another clean bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Should become lighter in color and fluffy.

One at a time, add the eggs, mixing well before adding the next. Add vanilla.

Next add in the milk and flour alternating between the two.

Pre-heat oven to 350F.

Pour batter into a cake tin, cupcake tin, or something else that can hold a cake. Shape doesn't matter as you will be breaking this up.

Bake for 15-25 minutes depending on what you bake it in and how thick it is. To be certain use the toothpick trick by inserting it in the middle of the cake and when it comes out clean, it's done.

Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Chocolate Frosting
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons 1% milk
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter
In a bowl combine sugar and cocoa with a whisk. Stir in milk and vanilla thoroughly.

Using an electric mixer, mix in the butter until it become light and fluffy.

Cake Pops
Cake Ball assembly

Using your fingers, break the cake up into little pieces so that the texture is like bread crumbs and put it in a large bowl.

Add in about 2/3 of the chocolate frosting to the crumbs and mix well. It make take a little bit before everything is mixed together well. If you are having problems getting it to mix, add in the rest of the frosting (I'm sure most won't mind a little more chocolate :D).

Take a tablespoon and scoop out an even amount of cake/frosting mixture and roll it into a ball. Set aside. Rinse and repeat until you have no more cake mix left.

You should have in between 30 and 50 balls depending on the size. I wound up with closer to 50.

Cake Pops
For decorating, I'd suggest going to Bakerella.com and following the instructions there! She even has a book out all about cake pops.

Cake Pops

I also made a couple of adult pops in anticipation of the moms coming and for my marido (husband) and I to enjoy. Just drop a few non-coated cake balls into a little bit of Irish cream and then put them in the freezer... They were such a good combination of sweet chocolate and naughty Irish cream that I made sure there were a few extra for those of us over the legal age :D.


31 comments:

eatlivetravelwrite said...

Rochelle they are absolutely beautiful and I love that you made everything from scratch. And I REALLY love the idea of the adult pops ;-)

Rochelle said...

Thank you, Mardi! The adult version is good... still could use even less sugar than the other but good nonetheless

Maya said...

Rochelle, happy birthday! Usually when you look at cake pops, you immediately think of how they appeal to children, as yours obviously do. But somehow your deranged beaver pops and adult flavoring appeals to me very, very much right now! LOL. Great job with these.

Rochelle said...

Yeah... after that silly beaver got the best of me I need a couple of good ole Irish cream pops :D

Conor @ HoldtheBeef said...

I happen to think deranged beavers are the best type of beavers :D

Delicious looking pops, and happy birthday to you!

msihua said...

I'm all for the adult cake pops! Welcome back to IIP :)

Adora's Box said...

Food in sticks excites everyone of any age. They look so lovely. The cake looks so moist. Good luck on your move.

penny aka jeroxie said...

irish cream pops? adult version. of course! why didn't I think of that :) happy birthday month.

claudia lamascolo said...

I love the way these look, somehow I have not been able to like these in taste, a little to sweet but boy do the kids ever snap these up.. I feel like these are right here with me incredible photo's!

Divina said...

I LOVE the new layout of your blog. Every photo is so vivid and alive. I know I haven't visited your blog in a long time but it's nice to be back here again. Hope to be in touch with you again soon through our blogs, twitter or Facebook. Happy Birthday too. :)

Bonnie Jo English said...

Love the idea. And I am sure I will enjoy them when I get there TOMORROW.

Rochelle said...

YaY! Tomorrow I get to feed you :D

Rochelle said...

Thank you Divina! I'm glad to see you stopped by :)

Rochelle said...

They are pretty sweet, and can use less sugar in my opinion, but these were mainly for my kiddo and his classmates, and I'm certain they will be thrilled with the ones that they get.

Rochelle said...

Thank you!

Rochelle said...

I'm thinking these could be turned into rum ball cake pops around the Holidays too :D

Rochelle said...

Ha! Thank you, and yes the deranged beaver is pretty cool.. but I was worried about the effect it would have on 10 and 11 year olds... so they get plain chocolate covered cake pops instead.

Lisa said...

All these cake pop posts are making me want to make them! Yours look amazing! Love the photo of the closeup bite, the moist - gooey cake is calling to al! :)

Xiaolu @ 6 Bitterswe said...

Mmm this looks really yummy. Love the look of the sprinkles =).

Eve@CheapEthnicEatz said...

Oh yeah awesome idea with the irish cream! Love your pops they are so cheerful. The beaver has a funny look...I think I know his cousin from the beaver in the creek next to our cottage lol. Great job

Eve@CheapEthnicEatz said...

Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Rochelle

Brian said...

Rochelle, these cake pops look so tempting, and you website looks fantastic. Love what you are doing! Tell your marido to call me sometime.

Rochelle said...

Thank you, Brian! The marido has gotten your message :D

Cherrie said...

cake pops are a great project for kids to use their creativity. And I think your derange beaver looks cute ;)

Brian said...

I'm loving these cake pops! They really are a fantastic idea!

Rebeca said...

Is this amazing or what?! They look delicious and I bet they taste exactly the same. My kids will simply love them! :)

cooking rookie said...

They are so pretty! I also made cake balls this month for the first time. It's a real fun recipe idea, isn't it? Your cake pops look very cute :-).

By the way, if you are interested, my recipe is here: http://cookingrookie.blogspot.com/2011/04/chocolate-scone-balls.html

sensiblecooking said...

Fun and fantastic, I want to make this so bad.

Elle (Bromography) said...

These look lovely! (even the deranged one...lol)

Rochelle said...

Thank you Elle!

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