MY BIG BROTHER (and only sibling) IS GETTING MARRIED!!!
Ok, just super excited because this is probably the biggest event in the history of our rather tiny family since my brother and I were born…
Yes, my older brother BJ Swanner is FINALLY getting married to Rebecca Lee Landau (also known as RLL…soon to be known as RLS!)
Back story behind why the cake pops were necessary and highly requested: BJ has a birthday party almost every year, which are typically super fun backyard-bonfire-bring-your-own-meat-to-grill-and-beer-to-drink type parties. Every year I volunteer to bring dessert (because let’s be honest…its necessary). Every year I ask BJ what he wants and without hesitation he requests dark chocolate covered devil’s food cake balls.
So, the cake balls have kind of become a favorite among my family. I mean…not to toot my own horn but they are pretty amazing.
So, when we pinned down a date for RLL’s shower, she immediately emailed me and requested some “bridal” cake pops….and of course, I obliged.
Bridal, to me, means basically as white as possible. So, white cake with white chocolate coating and pearly white sprinkles it is!
The day before the shower my mom came in from Palm Springs to help me out with the cake pops. With MANY pops to make…we got started in the
kitchen cake pop making factory! WARNING! This is VERY time consuming, but also VERY worth it!
What you will need:
-3 white cake mixes (I added one funfetti for a surprise because RLL loves funfetti)
-2 cans vanilla frosting
-Eggs and oil for making the cake (at least 4 eggs and 4 cups oil)
-Cooking spray for pans
-A baking sheet (two makes it a bit easier)
-Cake pans (size doesn’t really matter for this)
-Bright White Candy Melts You will need at least 3 bags this size.
-Some really pretty pearly white sprinkles
-At least 1 big bowl (2 if you are doing multiple flavors of cake)
-Big spoon for mixing
Step 1: Bake the cake(s) and crumble:
I would HIGHLY recommend actually baking the cakes the night before you make the pops.
Follow the directions on the cake box and bake the cakes, let them cool.
Once the cakes cool, you will take your (clean) hands and crumble the cake and put it into a bowl.
Step 2: Add Frosting to Cake Crumble
You will need to add a little less than 3/4 of a can of frosting per cake mix.
Since I had made 2 white cake mixes I put a whole can and a little less than a half in the white cake and then about 3/4 of a can of frosting into the funfetti.
Go ahead a take a big spoon or silicone spatula and mix that frosting into the cake crumple REALLY WELL.
Step 3: Form the Pops and Place on Baking Sheet
Cover a baking sheet with wax paper.
Once the frosting is well mixed into the cake crumble, you can take a regular spoon from your silverware drawer and scoop about enough to make a heaping pile in your spoon, then use your hands to tightly pack and form the mixture into a ball.
After You form the balls you can put them on the wax paper and let them freeze for about an hour or two…trust me, it is worth it for the next step. (Especially if your apartment is like 80 degrees)
Step 4. Dip the Pops in Chocolate
Follow the directions on the back of the chocolate package to melt it. (I did it in the microwave) Put the chocolate in something tall-ish with a handle. I used the nutribullet cup as pictured below, but if you have a tall mug with a handle, that will work too. Pretty much what I am trying to say is….a handle makes it much easier!
You will then want to dip the tip of the stick into the chocolate then stick it about 1/2-3/4 of the way through the cake ball.
Dip the cake ball into the chocolate– make sure you coat the ball entirely.
Then you will need to twirl the pop stick around in your fingers as you *GENTLY* tap off the excess chocolate on the lip of the container that is holding the chocolate.
Step 5. SPRINKLES!!!
When the chocolate is still wet (before it hardens…act swiftly!) Go ahead and use your fingers to sprinkle the pretty little sprinkles all over the cake pop evenly.
I luckily had my dear mother helping me…so we developed a sort of system where I dipped the cake balls and she then sprinkled them.
After you sprinkle them stick the bottom end of the pop stick into the styrofoam disc that you bought until they dry/harden.
YEEEEEEEE!!!! CAKE POPS! Every sugar lovers fantasy!
OK, So here are some snippets from the BEAUTIFUL Bridal shower for RLL:
I hope you also enjoyed the cake pop tutorial. If you have ANY questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know or comment below. It is a lengthy process…but they are so YUMMY and most definitely worth it!