Fall Harvest Cake Pops

by beth on November 2, 2010

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We made Cake Pops!!  Yes.  We did.  And we sur­vived to tell the tale.  I will post the pump­kin cake pops that we were also work­ing on later this week.  It was def­i­nitely a good time to make these.

Really it was pretty easy to make them, even with kids.  Espe­cially with kids.  Even if they weren’t as pretty as Bakerella’s, they were pretty good.  And maybe my rus­tic take will be the new pretty.  Hey a girl can dream!

What You Need:

One Cake: Yel­low, Choco­late, Some other wild & crazy flavor

Cream Cheese Frosting:

8 oz. Cream Cheese

2 Cups Pow­dered Sugar

4 Table­spoons Unsalted Butter

1 Table­spoon Whole (or 2%) Milk

1 Tea­spoon Vanilla (optional)

Candy Melts For Cov­er­ing Your Cake Pops  (I used Wilton’s)

Sprin­kles for Fall We did Fall Leaves

How To Put It Together:

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Make your cake. Let it cool down.  Way down.  You want this to be a fully cooled cake.  After it’s cooled crum­ble it.  Then on a low-medium speed cream together your cream cheese frost­ing.  After the frost­ing is blended together add it to your cake.   I used a spat­ula & my hands to blend and incor­po­rate all the ingre­di­ents.   I have to admit I like get­ting my hands dirty in cakey goodness.

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I didn’t run into any of the prob­lems that oth­ers have writ­ten about or warned me of (e.g. crum­bling cake).  But I kept my cake dough in the freezer after blend­ing it. If you don’t put it in the freezer, keep it refrig­er­ated.  If they get too warm work­ing with the dough won’t be pos­si­ble.  Then I took it out & made cake balls.  Insert­ing small lol­lipop sticks that I got from the local craft store.  I put them in a pan, plac­ing them on top of wax paper.

After that I put the undressed cake pops back into the freezer until it was time for them to get their party clothes on.

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When I was ready to dec­o­rate them I melted Candy Melts.  Candy Melts are at most local craft stores.  I found them easy to work with & since I was buy­ing the sticks any­way I picked these up at the same time.  You can melt by either the dou­ble boiler method or in microwave safe dish (then fol­low the instruc­tions on the bag).

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Then I dipped the cake pops into the melted candy.  A spoon was used for pour­ing  over some areas if needed.  I did it fast.  I only did a few pops at a time. The rest stayed in the freezer.  Faster is better.

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Oh, cov­ered cakey good­ness.  I do think these are a shar­ing treat.  Because man it would be easy to eat them all.  By your­self. All at one time.

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We also made them with dark choco­late.  The sprin­kles were added after we had dipped them, while they were still warm.  After we had dec­o­rated them they went back on the wax paper.  Yes. I know. There are bet­ter tech­niques for keep­ing the balls nice & rounded but these were made with FOUR KIDS under SEVEN try­ing to help & a hus­band who thought that he should eat any mis­takes.  Need­less to say I think they (he & the kids who agreed eat­ing mis­takes was good) were try­ing for mistakes.

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Over­all I am really happy with how they turned out for the first time try­ing these.  I can’t wait to make all dif­fer­ent kinds.  I have my eyes on pump­kin cheese­cake, apple spice & dark choco­late ideas.  In fact, if Mike had his way we’d have Cake Pops in the house every day.  The kids agree with him.  Tons.

Spe­cial thanks to the fol­low­ing posts for the amaz­ing Cake Pops, along with tips & prac­tices from those who’ve made them before:

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1 beths_confusion November 2, 2010 at 1:49 pm

[New Post] Falll Harvest Cake Pops – http://theconfusedhomemaker.com/2010/11/

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2 Jackie (WritRams) November 2, 2010 at 2:18 pm

These are SUPER cute. I love the idea of the holiday-geared sprinkles. These will be cute w/the snowmen and Christmas tree sprinkles, too.

How did you end up getting yours so smooth? My didn’t come out this smooth for the pumpkins. :(

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3 beth November 3, 2010 at 8:34 am

I’m liking the way you think, snowmen & Christmas tree sprinkles are perfect!

I didn’t really do anything specific to get them smooth. The bowl or cup was pretty full of candy melt so it could go fully in & dipped it right in & pulled it out, not too fast but wasn’t that slow either. I also made sure to try to keep the melts from cooling too much so they didn’t get clumpy. Not sure if that helps :)

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4 angie November 2, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Amanda (Pbd) made these too.

I’m totally going to make these. Fall cake pops?

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5 beth November 3, 2010 at 8:34 am

Totally make these Angie! Somehow I missed Amanda’s I will have to check them out & she’s great isn’t she :)

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6 Amy ~ Eat. Live. Laugh. Shop. November 3, 2010 at 10:17 am

Um, YUMMMMMMMY! That is so fun. We will have to try that soon. I was also recently introduced to cake balls. I need to google it to find a recipe, but they were yummy and fun for kids.

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7 beth November 4, 2010 at 10:51 am

It was very fun. You can use the cream cheese frosting recipe here & then mix it with any cake recipe you like. Good stuff, slightly addictive though ;)

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8 faemom November 4, 2010 at 2:09 am

Ok, remember when I said I would do these, and we would compare. Major fail on my end. I can’t stand canned frosting, so I made homemade. I think I put too much into the cake because, even with the cake being refriedgerated, the cake balls fell into the chocolate. After three balls, I gave up. Any other tips?

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9 beth November 4, 2010 at 10:53 am

I made my own frosting too, I used cream cheese frosting because I had read it was ideal for working with if you are making balls of cake (pops or just the rolled balls). Also, I think the freezer may have made a difference. Because the cake dough after it was all mixed (with frosting) didn’t freeze or harden up to the point of being unable to make into balls which leads me to think putting it in the fridge may not keep it cold enough for it to work.

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