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You all, I would like to introduce you to THE cake pops of the century! After taking my first bite, I actually felt like I could hear my taste buds singing to me and it was as if they were saying "THANK YOU! This is BETTER than birthday cake!"
So, before I teach you how to make these, I have to caution you with how delicious these are. Like, WARNING: May cause drooling. 🤤💖🎂
There is something SO incredibly delectable about taking your very first bite into a cake pop. I mean, I don't know what's more exciting: The satisfaction of taking a bite out of the white chocolate candy melts shell alongside the smooth buttercream cake texture and enjoying the contrast in both textures at the same time, or the genius idea of eating cake mixed with buttercream as if it's a lollipop or ice cream! These are the kinds of things I think about all day long... And my favorite part about my days is getting to enjoy the rich, creamy and smooth taste of things like cake pops! Now you can enjoy too!
To make these Birthday Cake Pops, you will need the following supplies:
🎂Your favorite cake mix (I used XO Baking Co.) plus additional ingredients necessary as stated on packaging to make the cakes
🎂Vanilla Buttercream Frosting by XO Baking Co. plus additional ingredients necessary as stated on packaging
🎂Three 8" round cake pans
🎂Standard electric mixer or handheld mixer and mixing bowls
🎂Silikomart SteccoFlex Ice Cream Bar Molds- Wedding Stick Set (Can be purchased online at various pastry chef retailers)
🎂White Chocolate Melting Candy (I used Chocomaker- it is gluten free!)
🎂2 Cup Microwave-Safe Glass Measuring Cup
🎂Small silicone spatula
🎂Fondant (colors of your choice- Satin Ice is gluten free!)
🎂Tiny Heart-Shaped Cookie Cutter
🎂Colorful Confetti Sprinkles
In addition, if you would like to decorate them exactly as I did with the colorful little dots, you are going to need:
🌈Meringue Powder (to make royal icing with) plus additional ingredients necessary to make royal icing such as confectioner's sugar and water
🌈Gel food colors of your choice (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink)
🌈Pastry piping bags (for the number of colors you are using)
🌈Small mixing bowls for each color
After making your royal icing, you are going to place each color into its own piping bag and pipe small colorful round dots onto a plain sheet of parchment or wax paper. Allow dots to dry completely before decorating.
Step by Step Photo Instructions:
Step 1: First, make your cakes. For me, one box makes three 8" round cakes. Follow instructions according to packaging. Allow cakes to cool completely in pan.
To achieve the effect of a tiered cake as seen in the pictures, you will need the Silikomart SteccoFlex Ice Cream Bar Molds- Wedding Stick Set. Again, this can be purchased online at various Pastry Chef retailers. It is on the more expensive side, but these are very high quality pastry professional silicone molds and the cake pop sizes it produces are HUGE! They're also very simple to work with and each cake pop is basically like eating a piece of cake. Actually, it's much richer than a piece of cake.
For reference, the set looks like this:
Step 2: In a standard mixer or mixing bowl, prepare the buttercream frosting following the package instructions. Once you have buttercream made, take all three cakes and crumble them into the bowl filled with frosting. YES! All of it!
Once you have a slightly sticky yet doughy texture with no thick crumbs left in the mixture, you are going to place enough of the cake pop dough into each of the molds just as you see below. Insert popsicle sticks into the cake pops that are provided for you in the set.
Step 3: Place in freezer and allow the cake pops to firm completely.
Step 4: Once the cake pops are firm, you should easily be able to remove them from their molds. Silikomart provides a clear tray that comes with this set, which is perfect for the cake pops to lay on while they are waiting to be dipped in white chocolate.
Step 5: In a glass 2-cup measuring cup, microwave your candy melts at 50% power for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each interval until completely melted. Once completely melted, add 1 tbsp. canola oil to the mixture and combine until you have a consistency that flows. More specifically, it should flow as if you're pouring liquid. It should not be too thick for dipping.
Step 6: Dip each cake pop into the 2-cup measuring cup all the way to the bottom until it covers the entire cake pop. Carefully remove from the candy melts drip and gently shake off any excess. It will take about 30 seconds to 1 minute each for the shell to begin to harden. Place them onto the clear tray once it begins to firm and the shell has begun to harden enough that it won't ruin the back of the cake pop. Cake pops should still be cold when doing this!
Step 7: Once all of your cake pop shells have completely hardened, pour some of your favorite sprinkles into a mixing bowl. Take a small amount of white melting chocolate (candy melts) and gently brush the tops and bottoms of each cake pop, one at a time. Immediately dip into the sprinkles before chocolate hardens and repeat for the next cake pop.
Now, if you have already made your colorful royal icing dots at this point and have followed the instructions above under "Supplies" needed to make these Birthday Cake Pops, you can go ahead and decorate them onto your cake pops. The best way to do this is to take a toothpick, dip it into the candy melts, and place a tiny amount of white chocolate onto the back of each dot. Place onto the cake pops in the order seen below, or your favorite order.
To make the mini fondant hearts like you see below, you will need to roll out a small amount of fondant onto a clean decorating surface, and cut the fondant into little heart shapes. Once finished, you may place them onto your cake pops- They should immediately stick!
And there you have it! Voilà!
I just know you are going to LOVE these! Another fun idea you could do is bake the cake mix with sprinkles in the batter if you love a Funfetti cake, for instance! I just know that from making the cakes, to decorating these cake pops, to eating them (the best part) you are going to LOVE the process altogether!
Color on Forever and Always,
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