Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Cake Pops, Pt. 2

It's the one year anniversary of my original Christmas cake pops post, and guess what... they're back! This year, instead of Christmas trees and reindeer, I went with snowmen. They're so cute, you almost won't want to eat them. Emphasis on the almost.

I know the time for holiday baking is rapidly coming to a close, but good news: these are not Christmas specific, so if you can't squeeze these in before tomorrow is over, no fear, you still have an excuse to make them all winter long. I've posted instructions below, but if you need help with cake pop troubleshooting, see my original post, here.

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas!

Bon appetit!

Snowmen Cake Pops
Makes 40
1 box cake mix (I used chocolate)
1 can of icing (Again, I used chocolate)
40 lollipop sticks
2 lbs. white candy coating
80 chocolate sprinkles
40 small red confetti sprinkles
80 green flower-shaped or confetti sprinkles
20 mini chocolate sandwich cookies w/ a hole in the center (I found mine at CVS)
40 semisweet, bittersweet or dark chocolate chips
Edible black ink pen
Large flat styrofoam block, at least 2 inches thick

Bake cake in a 9x13 in. pan according to instructions on box. Cool completely on a wire rack. Once cake has cooled divided into 8 rectangular pieces. Crumble cake by rubbing two pieces together over a large bowl. Once all the cake is crumbled, run a fork through the bowl to break up any large pieces.

Mix thoroughly with 3/4 can of frosting. Use the back of a large spoon to combine the cake and frosting. To make the snowmen, mold the mixture into 40 pear-shaped pieces and place on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper. Freeze for 12 minutes and then transfer to the fridge until ready to use.

When the cake has chilled, melt one bag of candy coating in a deep microwave safe bowl as directed on the package. Working in batches, coat each of your cake balls. Remove several from the fridge at a time. Dip a lollipop stick in the candy coating, covering about 3/4 of an inch with coating. Insert the stick about half way through a piece of cake. Then dunk the cake ball into the candy coating, making sure the entire thing is covered, and pull out in one swift motion. To remove the excess coating, hold the cake pop horizontally in the left hand, using the right hand to lightly tap the left wrist.

Immediately stick the cake pop into the styrofoam block and quickly apply a red confetti sprinkle for the nose and two chocolate sprinkles for the arms. Hold each item in place for a second or so, until it sticks on its own. Let dry completely.

While the candy coating is drying, put together the snowmen's hats. Separate each sandwich cookie into two halves, scraping off the filling on either side. Put some melted candy coating in a plastic squeeze bottle and squeeze a small amount of coating in the middle of each sandwich cookie. Place a chocolate chip upside down on top of the candy coating and hold briefly to secure. Set aside to dry.

While the hats are drying, keep working on the pops. Using the edible ink pen, draw on two thick black dots for the eyes and a line of fine black dots for the mouth. Then apply two green flower-shaped or round sprinkles for the buttons, using a small amount of candy coating from the squeeze bottle to attach each.

Attach the hats to the top of the snowmen using candy coating from the squeeze bottle.

Store in an airtight container.

Source: Cake Pops

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