Saturday, October 29, 2011
Cake pops and Halloween
Anyway, back to 2011. Yesterday we carved pumpkins and made haunted gingerbread houses for fun and to raise money for UNICEF. Everyone votes for their favorites by placing money in the UNICEF boxes.
One enterprising young man sold jokes to raise money for his UNICEF box.
Pioneer Woman had whipped some up, so that was an added incentive, I must admit.)
one cake recipe makes about 20, depending on size
Supplies can be found at most any craft store-- Michael's, Jo-Ann's, etc.
1 cake recipe, any flavor or color, homemade or boxed
1 frosting recipe, any flavor or color, homemade or from a can (I used vanilla)
1-2 10-oz. bags melting chocolate, any color (I put it on kind of thick)
1 bag lollipop sticks
Various tubes of gel icing and sprinkles for decorating
Bake the cake according to directions in a 9x13-inch pan. Cover the cake with a dishtowel and allow it to cool completely. (I baked the cake the night before.)
Once the cake has cooled, gently crumble it into a large bowl, about 1/4 of the cake at a time. When finished, you should have fine cake crumbs.
Use two forks to work the icing into the cake. Keep working until the icing is no longer visible.
Roll the mixture into balls and place on parchment paper lined baking sheets (or whatever will fit into your freezer).
Place them in the freezer, uncovered, for at least an hour. They need to be very firm before coating them.
Place the melting chocolate pieces into the bowl of a double boiler and heat. (I just put them in a pot that fits into another pot with simmering water in it- just be careful not to get water in the chocolate.) Stir the chocolate until it is completely melted and smooth.
Insert the sticks into the balls and coat the ball with the melted chocolate. I did this using a spoon. It was easier than trying to roll it. Be sure to thoroughly coat the bottom of the ball where it meets the stick.
Roll the balls in sprinkles, if you wish. Lay them back down onto waxed or parchment paper. I stood mine up instead of laying them flat. Do as you wish.
Decorate with icing or however you wish! I had orange, white, and black melted candy to coat mine with and then just mostly drizzled different colors with a spoon.
Bon appétit, Halloween! Happy Trick or Treating!