Superbowl Semi-Failed Cake Pops
Now that a couple of weeks have passed, I can finally open up and talk about the angst and turmoil I suffered at the hands of my semi-failed attempted at The Pops. Cake pops seem to have taken over the baking world, becoming the new cupcake-craze. Any why not? They sound simple enough, they’re adorable mashed up cake and frosting coated in chocolate – you really can’t seemingly go wrong.
But despite the simplest of instructions, they can go hay-wire quickly.
I prepped the cake according to the package directions, opting for a Triple Chocolate Fudge mix. C’mon, how could any PMS-ing chocolate loving girl refuse this?!
Dumped it into a pan and baked as per the instructions.
After it was sufficiently cooked I got to work with the canned cream cheese frosting, foiled sheet pan, bowl and scrapper.
Crumble and mix in the fattening frosting goodness.
I may or may not have eaten on of them, just to ya know – do some quality control.
And as per usual, I had the keeper of the carpet sitting right next to me protecting the floor from crumblings pieces. So diligent he is…
Photo credits go to my hunny. What a good guy.
After the required two hours of cooling time in the freezer I wanted to get to the fun candy melting and dying part. Seemed simple enough, I’ve done melting before but this time it went horribly wrong and I scorched the chocolate melts. Offff course… when I’m on a time crunch, things usually don’t go my way. But thankfully I thought ahead and bought a couple more bags.
Yup, this is what scorched candy looks like. Dry paste. Ew.
The site I was using didn’t specify that I needed to coat the lollipop sticks in candy, then insert them into the pops and Then refreeze them…so I just dug them into the cake and went to town. Whoops.
These first few turned out horribly wrong since the lolli-sticks wouldn’t stay in the pops themselves. And this is where I really started to lose my cool.
I’m not going to confirm or completely deny that a minor temper tantrum was thrown in my kitchen at this moment.
But eventually, after dipping the lolli-sticks in candy and refreezing them and not scorching the candy – I eventually persevered…
They might not be pretty (at all…), but at least for this first attempt they tasted pretty alright.
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haha, this post made me laugh. in my book, taste is most important 🙂
Yum! I totally agree with Lindsay taste is everything, and i think they are super cute! Love the superbowl theme!
Do you have the Cakepops book?!?! It totally changed my life and taught me important steps that I usually overlook!
You only have to freeze them for 5-15 minutes and then let them refrigerate for 30 minutes. If they are too cold the candy melts will go crazy on you! Also, add a little vegetable/canola oil to the candy melts to thin them out. Have them deep enough that you can dip the cakeballs in one swift movement and then tap off the excess. Also, I highly suggest getting a styrofoam block or circle so that the cakepops candy melts can cook upright and be perfectly smooth.
The cakepops book is really worth getting! It has taught me alot!
…cakepops candy melts can "cool" upright and be perfectly smooth.
Sorry for the typo!
I read through Bakerella's instructions and Wilton's instructions…*sigh*. Next time I will be better prepared hahaha
Haha, wow… I'm so sorry hon! Sounds totally like something that would *coughhascough* happen to me! I hope your next venture into cakepops turns out better for you, they do look tasty though!
We all have our baking fails, I myself had one just the other day. But, the thing is, they usually still taste pretty good. And I think for a first attempt, yours look good!
I was so excited to read your comment on my blog! 🙂 I made these the other day (minus the lollipop sticks) and I must admit, mine turned out a little sad looking as well 🙁 And I burnt my chocolate TWICE! I was so frustrated. I'm hoping that after a few more times, I'll eventually get the hang of cake pops.
I love the photo with the dog in the background, so cute 🙂
Your post made me laugh. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one with spectacular failurs in the kitchen. At least they tasted good, and judging by the colors you used I think you were happy with the outcome of the Superbowl. 🙂
I understand your alleged tantrum. I've been wanting to try cake pops, but envisioned the outcome to be exactly what happened to you. After reading Haley's comment, I think I just have to get over it and buy Bakerella's book.
In the immortal words of Bullwinkle Moose "Next time, for sure!"
I'm pretty much incapable of making a decent cake pop. I can do the filling, I can do the coating. But the adorable factor is just missing consistently.