As Halloween approaches, it’s fun to look out for new and fun treats. Cake pops and cake balls, made famous by the lovely Bakerella, are a cute and colorful way to satisfy a sweet tooth.
If anyone is a little late in the game, cake pops, or cake balls are cake crumbs, mixed with cream cheese frosting until the consistency resembles modeling clay. They are then shaped into balls, cubes, etc., dipped in colored chocolate, and decorated.
Now, Angie Dudley (aka Bakerella) is meticulous, and her cake pops are flawless. She has a superior talent for getting things to look perfect and would put many wedding cake designers to shame.
When I decided to make these, my imagination went crazy. I thought of making little Halloween treat bags, Frankenteins, skeletons, ghosts, pumpkins, etc. Bu then I thought it might be best, for now, to stick to something easy. That’s why I stuck to making these simple cake balls, dipped in chocolate and sprinkles. I did take it a little further and shaped the cake crumbs into rectangular cubes.
Halloween Cake Pops
1 8×8″ cake, such as chocolate or pumpkin, crumbled
1 cup cream cheese frosting (recipe follows)
1 bag chocolate chips
1 bag white chocolate chips
sprinkles or small candies for decorating
1. In a large bowl, combine the cake crumbs and some of the frosting. Add more of the frosting, little by little, until you achieve the consistency of play dough.
2. Shape the cake crumb mixture into 2″ balls, cubes, or desired shape. Insert a lollipop stick or a popsicle stick and refrigerate while you melt the chocolate.
3. In two microwave safe bowls, melt the chocolate in the microwave by heating, and stirring in 30 second intervals.
4. Dip each cake pop in the chocolate and dip in sprinkles to cover the bottom half. Transfer to a plate, sprinkles side down, and refrigerate until the chocolate is set.
For more advanced directions, and fabulous ideas, visit Bakerella.com.
Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon cream or milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients together with an electric mixer until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.