Friday, May 8, 2009

Cupcake Pops

You may have seen this recipe from is so cute and so fun!  Not to mention that these little treats are tasty!  I'm still trying to get the little cupcake shape down...this is only my second try at this technique, so hopefully I'll get better with practice :-)

Cupcake Pops (from Bakerella)
1 chocolate cake mix, prepared per instructions on packaging
3/4 Container of Cream Cheese Frosting
2 Colors of Candy Melts
Lollipop Sticks
1 1/2" flower shaped cookie cutter
Styrofoam block

1.  Bake a chocolate cake, either from scratch or from a box mix.  Let it cool.  

2.  Once the cake is cool, stir it with a wooden spoon, or in a food processor until it looks like dirt.  (I know that it's hard to ruin a perfectly good cake, but trust will be better in the long run)

3.  Stir in 3/4 Container of store bought cream cheese frosting, or an equivalent amount of homemade cream cheese frosting.  Mix until cake is sticky and mold able.

3.  Roll into 1 1/2" balls and place on a Cookie sheet.  Freeze in freezer for about 30 minutes

4.  Once balls have chilled, roll into an oblong shape and press one end into a 1 1/2" flower shaped cookie cutter.  Smooth on end so that it is flush with the cutter, and form a ball on the other end to make it look like a mini cupcake. Remove from the cookie cutter, and continue process until all of the cake balls are formed.

5.  Melt your first color of candy melts.  Dip the bottom end of the mini cupcake into the melts and insert a lollipop stick.  Place upside down on your cookie sheet.  Continue until the all of the bottoms have been dipped.  Let candy melts harden onto the "pop".

6.  Melt your second color of candy melts and dip the top half of your "pop".  Sprinkle with sprinkles and insert into a Styrofoam block so that it is standing up straight.  Continue until all of the pops are complete.  Let candy melts cool and harden.

7.  Package in cellophane bags with ties for a special treat!

Check out the Bakerella website for more professional instructions, as well and MANY MANY more fun baking projects!