Gabbi, our pint size diva has quite an imagination. Everyday she gets dressed, in the most fashionable attire of course and goes to Pop-Pop school. Pop-Pop students don’t have the same curriculum as other schools. I’m sure that it’s an academy for the performing arts. Gabbi rehearses her dance routines, and songs everyday. I’ve also witnessed a few auditions for first run movies. Sometimes she changes clothes twice a day for Pop-Pop school, much to our dismay. When I think of cake pops I think of Pop-Pop school, go figure.
Pop-Pop school is in our basement and often my fitness equipment serves as props, the stage and dressing room. Once she said she and the other students went on a hike for 159 minutes and she was sooo tired! It was then that I had to tell her that since this was all something she made up, she could easily toss in a rest period. I even offered a couple of cake pops for an after Pop-Pop school snack. She politely declined both.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, most bakers/food bloggers have heard of Bakerella and her incredible cake pops. I was first introduced to this addicting treat through her blog. I sent her link to my daughter in Dallas and within a couple of days, she’d whipped up a batch of red velvet cake balls. Bless her heart she even sent us a batch via overnight express mail. Samara is a hair stylist, but shares my love of baking and her clients look forward to her treats and even ask her to bake for them. I’ve tried the cake balls before and patience is definitely a required ingredient, as well as a bit of restraint. Clearing a platter of cake balls would be an easy task in our house.
Samara bought one of the Wilton candy melt warmers and has been raving about it ever since. They aren’t expensive and Michael’s always has a 40% off coupon for regular priced items. That’s how I got mine. I think it only ended up being $12.99, not bad at all. It’s so much easier to melt chocolate/candy melts this way rather than on the stove or microwave. Having tried the cake balls with mediocre success my mission was to get my feet wet with the cake pops. My first thought was to make the cake and frosting from scratch. However, not wanting to waste ingredients in case they turned out to be a hot mess, I decided to follow Bakerella’s lead and use a cake mix, and a tub of ready made frosting (yikes!). And you know what? They weren’t bad for a first attempt. Here’s what I’ll different next time.
Instead of pasting the whole recipe, I’ll just send you to Bakerella’s site for it. If you haven’t already hang out there for a while she has pretty neat stuff.
Bakerella’s Cake Pops
Pop-Pops for everyone!!!!!