Saturday, November 20, 2010

Reindeer Cake Pops

A little creation from the baking class I was asked to host this last week. Totally easy and a kid pleaser for sure.

1 box cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake) (for reindeer I used chocolate)
1 can frosting (16 oz.) (any flavor except german chocolate)
wax paper
Candy melts (1 lb. pkg.) (make and mold OR wilton)
Paper Lollipop Sticks
Edible Ink Pens
**See below for reindeer instructions

After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
Mix thoroughly with ¾ can frosting. (I use the back of a large spoon, but it may be easier to use fingers to mix together. But, be warned, it will get messy.
Roll mixture into quarter size balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50)
Melt chocolate in the microwave per directions on package. (30 sec intervals, stirring in between.)*For best results…microwave on the “defrost” setting.
Dip the tip of your lollipop stick in a little of the melted candy coating and insert into the cake balls. (Insert a little less than halfway.)
Place them in the fridge for 1-2 hours to firm up.
Once firm, carefully insert the cake ball into the candy coating by holding the lollipop stick and rotating until covered.
Only take 2-3 balls out at a time…if they are too warm they will fall off the lollipop sticks.
Once covered remove and softly tap and rotate until the excess chocolate falls off. Don’t tap too hard or the cake ball will fall off, too. Place in a styrofoam block to dry.

***ToMake the reindeers: Make regular cake pops using the peanut butter or chocolate candy melts. You can adhere the antlers while the reindeer pops are still wet or wait until they are dry and then apply a small dab of chocolate to the head to glue the antlers on. Once dry, you can also add the eyes and noses by gluing. Then using the edible ink pen, draw the mouths and dot your eyes.

Antlers: Pretzels (alphabet shapes from World Market...or just get regular and break them apart)

Noses: Red M&M's

Eyes: White mini sprinkles

Smiles and eyeballs: Black edible ink pen (available at Orson Gygi)

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