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.
I made Neapolitan cake pops, in various forms & colors.
Neapolitan Cake Pops!
Chocolate Butterfly
Three layers!
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.
Chocolate cake
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
Next, you have to mix the crumbs with frosting.

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
Each batch of crumbs get mixed in with the whipped cream until it forms a giant ball.
mix it up
like this consistency. You should be able to form a ball with it in your hands.
Strawberry cake with whipped cream
all wrapped up and ready for day 2.
They look like brains...

Day Two - Shaping the Cake Pops
This was my first time making this, so I tried a couple different things.
Method 1:
 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.
Method 1
Success! It worked.. however,  I had a hard time keeping the sizes the same. and it was taking forever!
so cute!
SO....
Method 2:
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
Method 2
Like sushi!
I got sick of making balls, and I had been wanting to try hearts. At first I tried to just shape the slice into a heart, but it was ugly. SO - BRIGHT IDEA! I shaped the whole log into a heart by pushing down on each side to make the bottom, the using the back of a knife to make the indent on top. This was while it was still wrapped in saran wrap.
Heart log
This was much easier to fix. and the layers are nicer I think...
Be mine
 These all went onto trays and into the freezer for the night.

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.
White chocolate
After dipping, tap tap tap on the side of the bowl to get rid of the excess. then place facedown on the tray to dry.
Waiting to be decorated
To decorate the little swirls, I put some chocolate into a ziplock bag. Then snipped the tiniest hole. Then you just hold the pop over a bowl and kind of go back and forth over it while squeezing the bag.
halfway done
You can see the finished product at the top. I wanted to do all three colors to represent the three flavors. For the chocolate butterflies, you just draw each wing on wax paper separately. Then when both are dry, you use a little chocolate as glue and hold them together at an angle. Then you use a little more chocolate to attach it to the pop.

Here are the heart ones with writing on it..
So I don't know how to write Korean very well..
YAY ALL DONE!!!
let me know if you have any questions~ I'll try to answer as well as I can..
I think in the end, it came out to about 110 pops. I guess I made them bigger. :D

Comments

  1. woah~~~ awesome~!!!!

    the whole sushi styled rolling, genius!

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  2. Ditto on Mina's comment! That was some MacGyver-style baking! Sooo smart and fun. And I remember how the "Napolean" ones taste and they were yummyyyyyyy

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  3. Wow! That was a marathon of baking!!! They look awesome...so impressed you made them Neapolitan!

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  4. i had the privilege of eating one (or more) of these! they were super good! everyone in our class loved them, and at the same time feeling so ah-kka-wuh for eating them

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