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Mardi Gras Cake Pops

One of my 2013 resolutions is to master the art of making cake pops. I made a¬†disastrous attempt about 4 years ago and haven’t tried again since. I’m generally not great with candy melts and having to coat things. It’s a baking achilles heel of mine. But if at first you don’t succeed, try try again!

I’m not sure if this attempt can be considered a full success — but it definitely wasn’t a disaster! I made these the traditional way — by baking a cake, smashing it up, adding a tub of frosting, and shaping the cake into balls. I also bought a BabyCakes cake pop maker last year. I think I’ll give that a try next time, just to change things up.

I didn’t know how I should decorate these, so I went with purple, green, and yellow – the color of Mardi Gras. Maybe one of my 2014 resolutions will be to actually attend Mardi Gras, as I’ve been wanting to go for years. Laissez los bon temps rouler!

Cake Pops

1 box cake mix + required eggs, water, and oil
2 cups frosting (I used store-bought)
Lollipop sticks
Candy melts, any color(s) of your choosing
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
* Craft foam or styrofoam. A block of this will be incredibly helpful — you can place the cake pops into the craft foam. Makes them super easy to display. Craft foam can be found at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Jo-Ann’s, etc.

1. Bake a cake according to box directions.
2. Use your hands to break the cake up — smush it, smash it, make crumbs out of it. Very glamorous step.
3. Add the frosting to the cake crumbles and mix.
4. Form the cake + frosting combo into balls and place on something that will fit into your refrigerator. Refrigerate them for 1-2 hours.
5. Prepare your candy melts. Melt them in the microwave according to the directions on the back of the bag. Adding 1 Tablespoon of oil  will help to thin the melted candy melts. Once your candy melts are ready to roll, take the cake balls out of the refrigerator.
6. Dip a lollipop stick into the candy melt coating and push the stick into a cold cake pop. Dipping the stick into the melts and then into the cake pop helps the stick to adhere to the cake.
7. Dip the cake pop into the candy melt coating; allow any excess to drip off. Decorate with sprinkles if you’d like, the place the cake pop into the craft foam and allow them to dry.

If you are a visual learner like me, you might appreciate these links that could help you with the cake pop process:
How to Make Cake Pops [1] from Love from the Oven
Cake Balls, Halloween Style [2] from the Pioneer Woman
How to Make Cake Pops [3] from A Beautiful Mess
And of course, the Queen of the Cake Pops [4], Bakerella