Spin the dreidel. Everybody wins a cake pop! This week's recipe is from our new book POP.O.LICIOUS Cake Pops by Joey Dellino and Tony Dellino of www.365cakepops.com. Cake pops are a fun and delicious treat. The creative options are endless and there is no limit to what you can do with these little dessert bites.
Makes 24 cake pops
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
Basic Cake Pops Recipe
Dreidel Shaping Instructions
BASIC CAKE POPS RECIPE
Makes approximately 36-40 Cake Pops*
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
18.25 oz. box cake mix, any flavor
9" x 13" cake pan
16 oz. container store-bought frosting
Cookie scoop (about 1-1/2" diameter)
32-oz. bag of candy coating, any flavor
48 lollipop sticks
Sprinkles, any color
Styrofoam or wooden block
WHAT TO DO
1. Bake the cake, following the instructions on the box, using a 9" x 13" cake pan. Let it cool completely and gather the rest of the supplies.
2. Cut the cake into 16 equal pieces while still in the cake pan. This will make it easier to crumble the cake in the electric mixer. Place 8 pieces into the bowl of the mixer and turn on at medium speed. Mix for 1 to 2 minutes until the cake is completely crumbled.
3. Add the remaining half of the cake to the bowl and continue mixing for another 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Add about half of the container of frosting (or 8 oz.) to the crumbled cake. Mix for 1 to 2 minutes until everything is completely mixed together and the cake reaches a dough-like consistency. Depending on how moist you want your cake pops, you may want to add more frosting.
5. Use the cookie scoop to create the cake balls. (The cookie scoop will help to keep your cake pops consistent in size.) Remove the dough from the scoop and finish rounding them by hand. Place them all on a plate or cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
*The number of cake pops this recipe yields depends on how large or small you make your cake balls. I recommend using a cookie scoop to make the balls a more consistent size. Even though this recipe will yield more than 24 cake balls, it's always a good idea to have extras on hand when decorating, in case you run into any cracking/breaking problems and have to do some over.
DREIDEL SHAPING INSTRUCTIONS
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
24 uncoated cake dreidels (shaping instructions below)
1 14- or 16-oz. bag white candy coating
24 lollipop sticks
Blue edible color pen
Blue sugar sprinkles
WHAT TO DO
1. Prepare the uncoated cake dreidels by first rolling out all of the individual balls for the basic cake pops. Then shape each ball into a dreidel by rolling each into a cylinder shape. Gently press the cake against wax paper on the countertop to create four flat sides. Form the tip of the dreidel with your thumb and forefinger. Place them all on a plate or cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
2. Place the candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl. Melt in the microwave, following the instructions on the package. Stir until you get a smooth consistency.
3. Dip the tip of a lollipop stick into the candy coating about a half inch. Insert dipped end of stick into the bottom of a cake dreidel, making sure it is inserted far enough to achieve stability. Place on a plate or cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Repeat with remaining cake dreidels.
4. Chill the cake pops in refrigerator (for about 15 minutes).
5. Remove the cake pops from the refrigerator. Dip a cake pop into the candy coating. Once completely covered, gently pull the cake pop out and gently tap the stick on the edge of the bowl to allow the excess candy coating to drip off. Place in a stand and let dry completely. Repeat with remaining cake pops.
6. Draw the border lines with the blue edible color pen down all four corners and all the way around on the top and bottom. Draw one symbol on each side: nun, gimel, hay, shin. Repeat with remaining cake pops.
7. Dip the tip of a toothpick into the white candy coating and gently spread at the base of a pop near the stick. While holding the pop over a bowl, pour the blue sugar sprinkles over the base of the cake pop. Repeat with the remaining cake pops.
8. Let pops stand and dry completely.
• The lines and detailing for the dreidel can also be done with blue candy coating, using a decorating bag or squeeze bottle.
• To create the basic round cake pops also shown in the photo, (follow Basic Cake Pops Recipe and tie strands of blue ribbon (about 7" each) around the lollipop sticks.
First and second images © Joey and Anthony Dellino
Third image © Margoe Edwards / Shutterstock.com