August 15, 2012
A group of friends my husband and I have known for quite some time formed a Dinner Club about five years ago, and we all get together about once a month to share a potluck dinner. It's something everyone really enjoys, and it's a great way for friends to stay in touch and for our kids to play together. So how does it work, you ask? Each couple in the group takes turns hosting at their house, while the rest of the members are assigned a course (typically appie, starch, salad, dessert, and the host supplies the main), and each dinner party has a theme. The most recent theme was "On a Stick," and we were assigned dessert. My husband made chocolate-covered strawberries while I made cake pops, and I thought I'd share the results (the strawberries are pretty self-explanatory so this post is just for the cake pops)!
To make life easier, I used cake mix. Bake according to the instructions on the box.
Take the cake out of the pan and let it cool completely. You can even leave it overnight covered with a tea towel.
Once the entire cake is finely crumbled, add frosting to bind it together (again, I used store-bought). Use it sparingly and in small amounts. The texture of the crumbs should be moist but still a little bit crumbly.
Roll the cake crumbs into little balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
Melt your chocolate of choice and dip one end of a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate. Insert the chocolate-dipped end of the stick halfway into the cake balls. Place the tray into the freezer until the cake balls are firm but not frozen, about 30 minutes.
At this point, I would recommend leaving the tray of cake pops in the freezer and take each pop out one at a time to dip into the melted chocolate. I took the entire tray out and as I worked, they got too soft and I lost about seven cake balls as they fell apart into the chocolate, hence the lack of chocolate dipping photos :(
If you're using sprinkles like I did, decorate the pops while the chocolate is still wet, then stick them into a sheet of Styrofoam to dry and maintain their round shape. That's it!