One word to describe the wonderful Bakerella: genius. She combines cake and frosting to make the most delicious and adorable cake pops and cake balls. This past weekend Kelly and I decided to get our hands messy in the kitchen by making Bakerella's apple shaped cake pops (apples in lieu of the Big Apple). We purchased all of the supplies including the red candy coating and pretzels for the stem but were stumped on what to do about the leaf part of the apple. That's when Kelly put her brain to work and decided we can make them out of green air heads (which totally brought back some childhood memories). All went smoothly until we got to the decorating which could more or less be described as a disaster until we finally got the swing of things. After a bit of trial and error we finally were able to produce some decent looking cake pops that were absolutely delectable!
Here are some lessons learned from our baking adventure:
- Make sure to allow the shaped cake to get very firm in the refrigerator before coating with candy
- Insert the stick into the coating and then into the shaped cake and allow to completely dry before coating the entire cake
- Add vegetable oil to the candy coating and mix well to thin it out and get a smoother coating
Apple Cake Pops
1 Box cake mix (bake according to package)
1 16 oz. can of frosting
Red candy melts
Green Air Head
After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
Mix thoroughly with 1 can frosting. (Bakerella uses the back of a large spoon, but it may be easier to use fingers to mix together. But, be warned, it will get messy. Also, you may not need the entire can of frosting, so start out by using almost the entire can and add more if you need to.)
Roll mixture into quarter size balls and shape like an apple by making the top part a bit thicker and making an indent on the top. Place on a wax paper covered cookie sheet. Place in the refrigerator or freezer to firm.
Meanwhile, shape the leaves by cutting the airheads and cut the pretzel sticks in thirds.
Once the cake balls are firm, melt the red candy coating in the microwave per directions on package. (30 second intervals, stirring in between.)
Dip the tip of your lollipop stick in a little of the melted candy coating and insert into the cake balls. (Insert a little less than halfway.)Place them in the freezer for a little while to firm up.
Once firm, carefully insert the cake ball into the candy coating by holding the lollipop stick and rotating until covered. Once covered remove and softly tap and rotate until the excess chocolate falls off. Don’t tap too hard or the cake ball will fall off, too.
Immediately place pretzel stick and leaf into the cake pop. Place in a styrofoam block to dry.