Monday, October 8, 2012
So I thought this was going to be a breeze- nope, not at all.
I don't think I'm going to post the recipe because it's not perfected yet. (Sorry!!!!!) So I'll give you the quick run down of what I did though. I'm sure there are cake pop experts out there that you can find a recipe from but these are my tips for when you do.
So I started with boxed cake mix and frosting. One box of cake mix made about 24 pops. I used like two large scoops of frosting, didn't need the whole jar. Add as you go, you can always add, not take away.
I made the balls pretty big, next time they will be smaller for sure.
I didn't let them set in the fridge/freezer so when I went to dip them a lot of them fell off the stick or broke through. I was able to salvage with redipping sticks and setting in the fridge.
Chocolate was SEIZING every freaking time. I used Wilton Candy melts- pretty disastrous. I heated too fast, or a little water got into it, heated double boiler, heated it in the microwave, even when it did melt slow it didn't have the dip-able consistency. I don't know- some people said it could be the humidity. Jeez it was so disappointing. But I managed to melt some Tollhouse chips and that fruit dipper chocolate that you get in the produce section to save the day. The chips and dip stuff still didn't have a smooth dip-able consistency. So weird because I have done this before to dip other things like fruit and baked goods. I don't know why this time was so difficult.
Regardless, for the end I got a basket which they can use for the baby and bought a Styrofoam brick, wrapped it and stuck it in the basket to make the platform. Used a knife to poke holes first to make it easier to push in pops afterwards. Work from the inside out to avoid breaking and ruining the cake pops when you start adding to the show piece.
Other than that, after all the trips to the store, sweat and tears it came out great. Thanks guys for letting me do this for you! Couple more weeks, then baby Sophia will be here!