Neapolitan Cake Pops - Heart Shapes & Butterflies
Hi! Be prepared.. this is a long one. I did this for a BIG GROUP, so it took me 3 days. Not 3 WHOLE days, but now that I'm back at work, I only have time at night. So, three nights.
|Red Heart cake pops|
So! For the instructions, here goes!
Day One - Baking the Cakes
On the first night, I baked 3 cakes. (Vanilla, Strawberry, & Chocolate) for a Neapolitan flavor.
Usually a box of mix makes about 30-40 pops. I wanted to make about 75, so I thought "Why not just make 120?" so three cakes.
I use box mix, because this is already enough work in itself without making the cake too. Besides, I love Betty Crocker mix because it has pudding in it, and it makes it oh so moist.
Just bake all according to directions. Make sure you have all the ingredients at home (eggs, oil, butter) - I had to run to the store 2 times in between. UGH!
|Strawberry Cake batter|
After baking, crumble into crumbs:
|Broken up Vanilla Cake|
The holes were just to check if they were done. Just stick a chopstick in the middle and if it comes out clean, it's done.
MASH IT UP!!! - this is my favorite part. You should have seen my dad's face every time I did this.. "WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO THE CAKE?!" MWAHAHAHAHA
|Chocolate cake - demolished|
I don't like it when cakes pops are too sweet like at Starbucks (SORRY STARBUCKS - I love you still) so instead of frosting, I just used freshly made whipped cream. It's really easy to make. Just stick the metal bowl in the freezer before you use it. Then pour heavy whipping cream (I used 2 cups) into the bowl and beat with a hand mixer, or if you are really strong, just whisk it yourself.
Then add powdered sugar to taste. If you don't have powdered sugar, and only regular sugar, it's REALLY easy to make. If you have a magic mixer, or a coffee grinder, but a couple tablespoons in there and whirl. Voilá - powdered sugar. I think I used about 3 tablespoons of sugar in the whipped cream. I knew I was going to dip this whole thing in chocolate, so it's okay if the cake mixture is not sweet. Then I divided up the cream into three parts.
|Whipped cream divided into 3|
|They look like brains...|
Day Two - Shaping the Cake Pops
This was my first time making this, so I tried a couple different things.
When making just one flavor, I just get a tablespoon and roll them between my hands to form a ball. This time I wanted all 3 flavors in, so I got 1 tablespoon each and laid them out. Then grabbed one of each flavor and rolled it together.
I think I was inspired by Kimbap. I had been using saran wrap as a base anyways, so I decided to try this out... just laid down long lines of each flavor.. then rolled it together. Then I cut it into a slice and rolled it into a ball to test the size. Adjusted accordingly, and cut all the slices equally. YAY! much more consistent, and a lot faster. I was watching America's Got Talent while doing all this. I LOVE THAT SHOW!!! I want the guy who turns the whole stage into an instrument to win. OR Edon. He is so cute and good! EDON
Day Three - Dipping & Decorating the Cake Pops
WHY AM I NOT DONE WITH THIS YET!? HEEHE just kidding, I love my friends and would do anything for them :D
Tonight is dipping night. I bought little popsicle sticks at Michaels and put them into all the balls and the hearts. That way you have a good handle for dipping.
I used Wilton melting candies. I got 2 bags of white, 1 bag of pink and 1 bag of dark chocolate. The white & pink are vanilla flavored.
You can melt them in a microwave at 30 second intervals or use a double broiler, which is just a pot of boiling water, and a metal bowl on top of that with chocolate. I used this method because my microwave is downstairs in the basement and I didn't want to keep running up and down to keep it a good temperature. (My parents don't use the microwave, so I have to walk down there anytime I want to use it. -.- )
Set up a tray lined with wax paper to put them on when done dipping. I just leave all the pops in the freezer and take them out about 4 or 5 at a time. Otherwise, they'll get too soft to dip.
|Waiting to be decorated|
Here are the heart ones with writing on it..