Sunday, June 13, 2010

the cake pop debacle

So I attempted to make these LOVELY cake pops this weekend with the intention to take them into work for all to's how that panned out for me.

Things started off well...the cake baked up beautiful..then I crumbled it all up into this bowl as directed...
I then mixed in the can of cream cheese frosting and rolled them into balls...this was not only EXTREMELY messy, but also a bit tedious. On the bright side, this part was at least successful.

I let them chill overnight since I didn't have the sticks and wasn't going to the store for them until today.

So onto the chocolate part...I melted the chocolate bark as problems there. Yay!

I dipped one of the cake balls into the chocolate, let the excess drip off and then had no place to put it to dry so I ate it. They are SWEET...a bit too sweet actually.

Anyway, then I ran to the neighbors house for a piece of styrofoam (she has EVERYTHING in her garage).

The directions said to dip the sticks in the chocolate & then insert into the balls & let them sit a while before dipping the balls in chocolate. This did not turn out well for me. Here is a picture of them after having dipped the sticks in chocolate & then inserted into the cake balls.
The first one I dipped in chocolate WITHOUT dipping the stick (the one I ate) fared better than the ones where the sticks had been dipped. My conclusion: there was less "give" from the hardened chocolate around the sticks and so the cake pops started falling apart. Awesome!

After managing to dip a few and use a spoon to pour the chocolate over them & then placing them in the styrofoam, I decided they looked like complete crap and there was NO way I was taking these ridiculous things into the office tomorrow.

Here look-->
Try not to laugh too hard.

I guess it's a good thing I didn't go to Pastry School after all, probably would have flunked least based on this experiment.


emilysuze said...

I am so glad I haven't tried making these! lol I can't only imagine how mine would have turned out. Kudos for trying. Do you think you'll try again sometime?

K13 said...

Em...I don't think I'll bother trying again...unless someone can tell me where I went wrong because I have no idea. I could not get them PERFECTLY round like the bakerella gal does, so I think it's hopeless...oh well. :)

rxBambi said...

well they might not look "pretty" but they sure look tasty! Send some my way... I'm always looking for ways to undo all my workouts :-)

Heidi Renée said...

I've never made cake balls, so I'm no expert, but I wonder if you couldn't just set them on a sheet of waxed paper to harden, instead of sticking them in the styrofoam? And then serve them stick-side up. Perhaps not as elegant, but that's how I've always done it for buckeyes (using toothpicks instead of sticks).

Levonne said...

I want one! They contain good stuff!

Anonymous said...

Hahahaha! I've just seen these for the first time a few weeks ago, and couldn't decide if I liked the idea enough to make them (cake and canned frosting, not too of my favorite things). Hahahaha, crap on a stick!

Next time, skip the stick. The sites I saw made them sans-stick and called them cake ball truffles.

Jessi J. Walton said...

Thats a heck of a lot better than I could have done!!! I bet they are still delicious!!!

lindsay said...

If I was your co-worker I'd be mad at you for not sharing ;) Hello anything chocolate and sweet is great! I actually applied to the Art Inst of San Diego a few years ago or the culinary program... I can't cook worth a crap :) I was going through a pre-quarter-life crisis I think ;-) (aka a guy I liked moved out there haha)

thank goodness I didn't follow through! I wouldve definitely failed