Happiness on a Stick.

Yay!

First week in the making.

I tried to stick with something simple this week because I didn’t have a lot of time. But it ended up taking a lot more time than I thought it would. If you’re making them for the first time, take out a few hours of your day…

So this week, I tried making cake pops. My coworker (when I worked at Toyota) made cake pops in the shape of Hello Kitty characters and brought them into work one day. And I’ve seen them at Starbucks too. They’re a little too sweet for my liking, but people seemed to enjoy them (especially kids). So, I gave it a try. Mine are in the shape of happy faces! Yay. Hahaha. (Edit: Only a few of them are. The edible pen I used doesn’t seem to work very well on the oil-based chocolate coating…)

The recipe for the cake pop I got from Veronica’s Cornucopia, and the idea for the Smiley Faces I got from Bakerella. In a way, it seems a little vulgar since you’re eating such lovable balls that are smiling at you, but what choice do you have. (It’s kind of like people who eat Gummy Bears one limb at a time – that’s just cruel).

Walmart was having a sale on the cake mixes so I just bought a couple. I may have to retry in the near future. The chocolate coating part didn’t come out as nicely as I would’ve like them too… Sorry whoever has to eat them. Hahaha.

Here’re the pictures of the journey. Good luck eating them tomorrow VCC! =P

Saves Time. Tastes Good. What more could you ask for?
Bake the Cake!
Baked Cake.
Crumble the Cake. [You can use a food processor, but I just crumbled it by hand. Just make sure you get all the big pieces.]
Add the Frosting. [I used about 2/3 of the container. Start with about 1/2 of it and work your way up. If you use too much it’ll become too mushy or too sweet.]
Mix the Cake & Frosting. [Mix the cake crumbs and frosting until it’s all incorporated. The crumbs should stick enough so it doesn’t fall apart and you can make them into balls.]
Make Cake Balls. [Roll the cake and frosting “dough” into 1” balls. Mine turned out a little bigger and only made about 27. You should be able to yield 45-50 apparently. But they seemed to small for me. The bigger they are, the heavier they are too. Keep that in mind!]
Chill for at least an hour. [You can pre-do everything until this step the night before. It might be easier that way. Just wrap it and stick it in the fridge for at least an hour.]
Candy Coating Materials. [ou need to get lollipop sticks (mine are from Bulk Barn) and at least a pound of candy coating wafer chocolates (also from Bulk Barn). They come in different colours so you don’t have to dye them. You can find these at Michael’s art store too.]
Melt the Chocolate. [Put the chocolate wafers into a bowl (a skinny, taller one is probably better). Melt the chocolate in the microwave (in a microwaveable bowl) in 30 second intervals, stirring along the way. Melt only until it’s all melted and smooth. If it’s over heated it will dry out and become non-useable.]
Dip the Cake Balls into the Chocolate. [Dip the sticks into the chocolate and insert them into the cake balls. Do this for all of them first so you let the first ones dry. This will help prevent them from falling off when you dip them. Then dip them into the chocolate, making sure you cover everything. Make sure you don’t get air bubbles. Otherwise they will crack when they dry and also drip oil (the wafers are oil based). Put them on a styrofoam block or a cake ball stand to dry.]
Man Overboard! [It fell off the stick into a sea of chocolate…. =( ]
Dried Cake Pops!
Happy Faces. [The pen only lasted to do about 8 of them. Darn oil in the chocolate… The middle one is for P. Joe (moustache!) and the “asian face” is for Jane (as per request).]
That’s a Wrap! [All wrapped up and ready to be handed out! They seem so happy…. So sad to see them disappear tomorrow….]

Man that was tiring…

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