October 26, 2011

Monster Cakepops

It has been a while since I've made cakepops, so I was happy when I received a request to make these fun themed treats for a birthday party! I followed the cakepop recipe from Wilton, and had fun experimenting with candy and icing to make the pops into cute little monsters. Here's what I came up with!

1 box cake mix (about 18 oz.)
4 eggs
1 box instant pudding (3.4 oz box)
1 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/2 can store bought frosting

Runts Candy
Dots Candy (kind that comes one white paper)
1 1/2 bags of Wilton Candy Melt (14 oz. bags)
Additional Frosting for piping eyes and mouths

Combine all of the ingredients for the cakepops and bake in a greased 9x13 sheet pan. Follow the oven times and temperatures that are given on cake mix.

Let cake cool completely. Crumble cake using hands and rubber spatula, or food processor. Crumbs should be fine to avoid having cakepops that fall apart. Mix in 1/2 can of frosting. Combine until mixture is moist enough to hold shape when rolled into balls.

Use a melon scoop to get equal amounts of mixture and use hands to compact and roll cake into 1.25" balls. Place the balls on a lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until well chilled.

Melt candy melt in microwave safe container. Stir every 30 seconds for one and a half minutes or until chocolate has just finished melting. Even 10-15 seconds of overcooking can ruin the chocolate. If you accidentally over cook the chocolate and it becomes too thick, add 1 1/2 tsp. shortening and stir well.

Dip end of lollipop stick into candy melt. Stick into cakepop and immediately place any candy decorations or sprinkles before the cakepop hardens. I made a styrofoam base with holes 2" apart to stick my cakepops in while they dry and to serve them. Once dry, add piped frosting accents.

Happy Baking!