** This post originally appeared on my recipe site Gimme the Yum and is now presented here as the site no longer exists **
There are those who have the whole concept of cake pops down. They create elegant, perfectly shaped cakes with amazing decorations and deliberate swirls of color. They know what they’re doing, and they are great at it.
Not so the common cake pop enthusiast. I love to buy them, but at up to $3.99 for just one small two-bite snack, I can’t justify the cost. What’s a gal to do?
As far as I’m concerned, it’s the taste that matters. And if my pops are going to look like a three year old made them, then why not LET my three year old make them?
Enter – Monster Cake Pops!
This is a recipe that involves no baking and is so forgiving that your children can join in to dip and decorate. Want to know how it’s done?
Monster Cake Pops
- Yield: 8 1x
- Category: Dessert
- 6 store-bought frosted cupcakes (whatever flavor you like)
- 1 bag of white chocolate chips or melting candies
- pre-made frosting (I like the kind that comes in its own piping bag)
- candy decorations
- Cake Pop mold (or ice cube tray!)
- lollipop sticks (from the craft store)
- Take your frosted cupcakes and put them all in a mixing bowl. Use a spoon to smash them, mash them and mix them up until you’ve got a nice thick mess.
- Spray your cake pop mold with non-stick spray and then use a spoon to smoosh the cake mixture into each cup. Make sure they are packed good and tight. (Alternatively, you can simply make your own cake batter and use the cake pop mold to bake them directly)
- Once they cups are full, stick in some lollipop sticks to each cup.
- Set the whole mold into the freezer for about 10 – 20 minutes. This allows the cups to keep their shape a little better for the next step.
- Melt your chocolate chips or melting candies in a bowl until they are nice and smooth and liquid.
- Remove the cake pops from the freezer and gently push them out of their molds.
- Dunk the cake into the melted chocolate or candy coating.
- When the cake pops are covered, Set them onto a sheet of waxed paper to set. It should only take a couple of minutes. You can add sprinkles and such while they are still slightly sticky.
- Once the pops are set up, use your frosting, decorations and sprinkles to decorate them however you want. If you have lots of bumps and swirls in your chocolate, don’t fret – they make great faces for your monsters!