After making last week’s Valentine’s Day Chocolate Chip Cookies, I decided to take my Valentine’s Day treats to the next level. Cake pops seemed like the perfect answer. And who out there doesn’t love the new cake pop trend? They are ridiculously cute and delicious, right?! I mean I love me a good chocolate chip cookie, but in terms of presentation a pretty cake pop kicks cookie arse all day long. Lucky for me, one of my besties and neighbors, Diane, just happens to be great at baking, decorating, and really all things craft related. So, she came over to give me the cake pop lesson first hand and help me eat one or three. Here’s the skinny on how we made these sweet treats.
First we baked two box cakes according to the directions. We chose red velvet and yellow cake. Once cooled, we crumbled each cake up in separate bowls. Please note this was a very hands on process. Once crumbled, dollops of cream cheese were blended in to get the crumby cake mixture nice and moist.
After the cream cheese is added we simply pressed and rolled together the cake mix into ping-pong size balls.
Using colored candy melts (we bought ours at Michael’s) we dipped the end of each stick into the melted chocolate and inserted it into the center of the pop. This is very cool becuase it creates a little ring base that is cute but also helps hold the stick in place.
Wowzers! That’s a lot of cake pops! Into the freezer they go for about 5-1o minutes to firm up.
That’s right, I’ll say it. These balls need to be nice and firm. Okay, now go and pick your mind up out of the gutter, geeze!
Next we dipped the top of each pop into the melted chocolate and then decorated them with our fun Valentine’s Day sprinkles. This had to be done fairly quickly before the chocolate hardened. Diane was much better at this than I was. I think I need more practice (yum! excuse for more!). My pops are the ones where the frosting looks a little more droopy below, ha!
After decorating a few dozen cake pops, a baby break is needed.
Voila! Valentine’s Day Cake Pops are finished! We decided to create fun bouquets for them to really bring a smile to that special someone’s face on Valentine’s Day. Using floral foam to fill out this cute felt bag, we were able to insert a handful of cake pops and then spread the top with red and pink confetti to hide the foam.
Our second bouquet is a small wooden Valentine’s Day basket with floral foam simply cut to size. Personally, I think the round shape of this basket lends itself even better for a cake pop arrangement.
What significant other, child, good friend or great co-worker wouldn’t love to see this waiting for them next Tuesday?!
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