Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Baking Experiment

Updated with pictures:
I haven’t been baking as much now that the weather has gotten warmer, but I just had to try this recipe that I found on Bakerella via Hostess with the Mostess. A cupcake in the form of a lollipop is kind of an odd thing to make, but I am trying to find things to do for the upcoming baby shower and thought these might be cute. The concept is pretty easy, but they just take some time to prepare. I used a red velvet cake mix, a tub of cream cheese frosting, lollipop sticks and some colored candy melts. You will also need a block of Styrofoam for drying.

Here is what you do:
1. Prepare cake mix and bake according to directions on the box.
2. Let cake cool completely and then crumble in a large bowl.

**This is where it gets messy**
3. Mix in the tub of frosting. I had to use my hands to get it all mixed together.
4. Roll into small balls (about 1 inch diameter) and place on cookie sheet.
5. Refrigerate for several hours (or stick in the freezer for 20 minutes)

6. Stick in lollipop sticks and refrigerate for at least another hour. I left them in overnight.
7. Melt candy and coat the ball by spooning mixture over the cake. Don’t dip or you will get cake crumbs in your candy melt.
8. Stick the lollipops in a Styrofoam block to dry. My fatal mistake was that I stuck them back on the cookie sheet, so I ended up with a flat top instead of a nice round one.
9. If desired, wrap each lollipop with a small square of colored cellophane and tie with a ribbon.
There are a bunch of variations to this recipe. You could use chocolate or white chocolate bark to cover the outside instead of the colored candy melts or you can lose the stick and make little cake bites. For my next batch, I am going to use a yellow lemon cake for the inside.

I took these little guys to work to do a sampling and they got really good reviews. People love red velvet cake, which kind of surprised me. Here is an important tip: do not leave these in the car on a 75 degree day. I made this mistake and melted half the batch. :(

7 comments:

dottie said...

these are getting made this weekend! so cute.

Anonymous said...

omg i wanna make these yummm

Anonymous said...

I heard Christian was at Notre Dame in Maryland, do you know how long he's going to be there for?

Shannon said...

I tried a second batch last night and I have another piece of advice. Don't use yellow cake as your base. With yellow cake, the outside of the cake becomes brown and it doesn't look so good inside the pop.

These are really fun and bakerella (www.bakerella.blogspot.com) has some great other projects, like mini-cupcake bites.

Sorry, that I have no idea how long my brother is at Notre Dame, but Notre Dame is in Indiana. I don't think he has plans to visit Maryland. He is super busy.

Evan said...

Tub of cream cheese frosting...mmmmmmmmmm

Kanani said...

Wow! This is really cool. I like the idea and now that you've figured out how not to get the flat bottom, I'm sure they're all going to come out find.

One question --when eating the lollipop, does it still crumble as a cupcake does?

By the way.... the other day in class, my daughter and her friends were working on a group project. One of them was complaining about the work that had to be done, so she just said, "Make it work!"

Another kid walked up and looked at the group. He said, "Oh, you guys are FIERCE!" And he tossed his head over to the side just a bit.
Everyone ended up laughing!
They all just love your brother.

dottie said...

christ - i made these the other night. horrifying. horrifying balls.