Valentine’s Day Cake Pops

How adorable are these cake pops!? These are a perfect sweet treat for your Valentine, best friend, or even co-workers! They are surprisingly easy to make too, and the decorating options are endless. Plus who doesn’t love a little bite sized dessert?

What you will need:

-Boxed cake mix {you can use any kind here, I used red velvet}

-Frosting

-Cookie scoop, or melon baller

-lollipop sticks {you can find these at Michael’s or any craft store}

-chocolate or candy melts {for dipping}

-Sprinkles, candies, or anything else you want to decorate the finish pops.

First, prepare cake mix per instructions on box…pretty simple so far right? Cool slightly, then crumble into chunks to cool completely.

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Once cooled, use your hands to crumble the cake into fine pieces. Word to the wise: if you choose red velvet cake like me, you might want to wear some latex gloves. I may or may not be typing this with reddish-pink fingers right now. Oops. You want the texture to be fine so that you don’t have any big lumps in your cake pops.

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When you have a fine crumble, mix in about 3/4 cup frosting into your crumbled cake. I used cream cheese frosting with my red velvet, but obviously you can use any kind of frosting to go with the cake you choose. Mix well until your cake mixture starts to hold together in clumps and is no longer crumbly. You want the cake to stick together well.

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Then use a small scoop or spoon to make little balls of cake. The scoop is great because it helps make the balls all a uniform size. Once you scoop them, roll them lightly in your hand to help shape into a round ball. Be very careful, they are easy to break apart. If you find that your cake isn’t sticking together, add a little more frosting and mix well to add a little more hold. Place your cake balls onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and pop into the freezer for about 30 minutes to harden.

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While the cake balls are in the freezer, melt your chocolate or candy melts. I used pink candy melts that can be found at Michael’s. These are great because they are already colored and when the cool, they harden to a nice outer shell on the cake pops. Take the cake pops out of the freezer and stick the lollipop sticks about halfway through the cake. {Tip: dip the tip of the lollipop stick into the melted coating before sticking them in the cake, it will help secure them better!}

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Carefully dip your pops into the melted chocolate, and tap gently to removed excess coating. Once it starts to harden slightly, you can set them upright. It helps to have a piece of styrofoam or something with holes that you can set them in so that they don’t touch anything while hardening. Top your cake pops with any extra decor you want. Colored sugar, sprinkles, red velvet crumbs, drizzled chocolate in another color…really anything you want to get creative with! You can even do different colors as I did below to create a fun ombre look!

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Have fun with it! And try to share {trust me it’s harder than you think!} Enjoy!

-Amanda

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