Cake pops are all the rage this year, and tend to pop up at parties for kids as often as for grown-ups. If you don’t have the gumption to make them from scratch – the common method is to bake cakes, crumble them, mix the crumbled cake with icing, chill the lot, roll into balls, impale on sticks and dip – you can streamline the whole process very easily. Wanna hear how? I know you do.
1) Buy chocolate cake doughnut holes.
2) Impale on sticks (lollipop sticks from any craft store, or try long wooden coffee stirrers).
3) Melt chocolate any kind with a drop or two of peppermint extract if you like. I do this in the microwave, taking it out to stir once in awhile until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Chocolate chips work fine, or chop up a bar.
4) Dip the doughnut holes into the chocolate, swirling to coat. Reheat as needed when it starts to firm up.
5) Let them sit on a plate or piece of waxed paper or foil until set. If you like, sprinkle with coconut (tossed with green food coloring, if you like), coarse sugar or sprinkles.
For marbled cake pops, swirl melted dark and white chocolate to dip, or dip them first into dark chocolate, let it set, and then dip in white chocolate.
Of course there’s the option to go further with these, decoration-wise – the doughnut holes are just a base, after all – check out Bakerella’s cake pops for more inspiration!