Seriously, I don’t know what I was thinking with this one. Halloween is Monday and I guess I thought it would be fun to make something for it. I called up my friend Brit, asked her if she wanted to have an afternoon of baking. She of course said yes, thinking it would be a great time, she was wrong.
Turns out cake pops are not as easy as 1-2-3 like they seem. They are putsy, and a royal pain in the butt, and everything that could have possibly gone wrong today did. Thank God Brit and I were able to laugh the whole thing off.
Things that went wrong: we couldn’t find lollipop sticks, we started using white chocolate chips instead of almond bark, my food coloring was bad, my camera battery died, and we had to go back to the store after thinking we were in the home stretch.
1. Food coloring can go bad – who knew?
2. Daylight makes for WAY better pictures – duh.
3. Almond bark is far superior to white chocolate chips for this
4. Brit and I have no patience
5. Brit is a perfectionist – I am not.
6. The final product tastes like… CAKE
“Foodgawker is so not going to accept this!” – Brit (and no, they won’t – the pictures are awful, you’ll see them below)
“Seriously, who came up with cake pops anyway!?” – me
Let me just say that I got to Brit’s at 1:30PM and we didn’t finish these damn things until 7PM, and you know what? They look like crap, and they just taste like cake.
So, overall I deem this an EPIC fail, I’ll leave the cake pops to bakerella – hers are to DIE for. Mine suck.
1 box cake mix - we used yellow
1 tub of frosting - we used cream cheese
2 packages almond bark
Whatever you want to decorate with - we used black gel frosting
Prepare the cake according to the directions on the package, and bake it in a 9 x 13-inch pan. Then begin gently crumbling the cake with two forks - you want it to be completely crumbled. Then empty the entire jar of frosting into the crumbled cake bowl, blending it together until it's completely mixed.
Next, roll the mixture into balls—this is the worst part. Attempt to make them all relatively the same size for the prettiness factor. Put them in the freezer, uncovered, for at least an hour. The cake balls need to be very firm before coating them.
Melt the almond bark according to the package, and make as many different colors as you want. Insert a lollipop stick in each, if you have them. We used skewers. Roll them in the chocolate, or spoon it over the top instead, whichever way works best for you. Place them back on the cookie sheet. Then decorate as you see fit. We attempted to make ghosts, mummies, and some sort of green monster...