Whenever I get invited to go over someone’s house for a party or even just dinner, I can’t show up empty handed. I just can’t. When I was growing up my mom always said that it was rude not to bring something with you when you were invited somewhere & that is something that has always stuck with me. I determine what I will bring with me depending on the event, the people that will be there and the season (or if there are any upcoming holidays, etc). Sometimes I bring a bottle of wine, sometimes I make a dip and other times I look for specific recipes. These homemade cake pops are good for any occasion, though. They’re easy to make and always go over real big! Plus you can decorate them with sprinkles, etc to make them festive if you want to.
Here’s what you need to make your cake pops:
- Box cake mix – Yellow cake in this case
- Container of frosting that compliments the cake – Vanilla
- *Ingredients on back of box to prepare the cake as instructed*
- Food processor (or you could crumble the cake by hand)
- Lollipop sticks
- Almond bark
- Shoe box with holes poked in it
Here’s what you do:
1. Prepare the cake as directed on the back of the box (I baked my cake in a 9 x 13 pan).
2.Once the cake was baked and cooled, I put half of the cake in the food processor until it was evenly crumbled.
3. Put the crumbled cake in a large mixing bowl and then do the same with the second half of the cake (you could also do this portion by hand if you don’t have a food processor).
4. Next mix in half of the container of frosting until the cake and frosting are evenly combined.
5. Take a large spoon full of the mixture and roll in your hands until no cracks appear and it feels firm and evenly shaped.
6. Place cake pop on a cookie sheet and do this with the remainder of the mixture.
7. Once you have all of your cake pops formed, put them in the fridge for at least 4 hours (you could also keep them in the freezer for a few days until you are ready to dip. Just be sure to transfer the cake pops from the freezer to the fridge for a couple of hours prior to dipping).
8. When you are ready to dip the cake pops, melt your almond bark in a bowl as instructed (1 minute in the microwave, stir, 30 seconds in the microwave, stir, until it is melted and smooth).
9. Dip your lollipop sticks in the melted almond bark about one inch and let them cool.
10. Once the sticks are dipped and cooled you are ready to dip the cake pops. Meanwhile, be sure to keep your cake pops in the refrigerator and only take out a few at a time.
11. Insert the lollipop stick into the cake pop about a 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch.
12. Dip the cake pop into the melted almond bark (I used a spoon to help ensure it was evenly coated). Roll in sprinkles or sugar if desired.
Place the cake pop upright in your shoe box holder to cool.
Once the almond bark has hardened your cake pops are ready to eat.
And guess what? If you don’t want to eat them right away (what???), they can be kept in the freezer for up to 3 months!