Graduation cake pops!

The pink and white cake pops on the right made for a festive dessert table at Rowan’s graduation party earlier this month.

The one thing Rowan knew for sure she wanted on her graduation party menu was cake pops.

Yum — leftover cake pops!

Ours didn’t turn out as gorgeous up close as Starbuck’s. But they made a pretty display on the dessert table and offered a damage-control option for people who wanted just “a small taste” of something sweet.

We used the following recipe from my cousin Heather:

1 package cake mix (any flavor)

1 package 4 serving instant pudding mix

4 eggs

1 cup water

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 container cream cheese frosting

1 package chocolate candy melt in your desired color from a candy-making shop

paraffin wafers

lollipop sticks

Make sure you have (or can borrow) a double boiler!

1. Mix up the first four ingredients and bake cake in a 9-by-13 pan. Cool.

2. In large bowl crumble cake into small pieces.

3. Add 2/3 can cream cheese frosting and mix well with (clean) fingers until combined.

4. Form mixture into balls and chill.

Traci dips sticks into another batch we made for my nephew Brian’s grad party this weekend.

5. Melt colored chocolate discs in top of a double boiler. Dip sticks into melted chocolate coating and insert into cake balls. Put in freezer until firm.

6. When cake balls are firm — do not jump the gun on this or you will regret it! — dip them into more melted candy coating with a small amount of paraffin chips added.

Note: DO NOT SKIP the paraffin. I wasn’t crazy about the idea of putting waxy stuff into the candy coating, but when we attempted these without it, the coating was sticky and ran down the sticks.  After we added it, the coating dried quickly and made much cuter cake pops without seeming to affect the taste.

Makes about 50 cake pops.

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6 Responses to Graduation cake pops!

  1. triathlonobsession says:

    Pops look very fun! Congrats to your daughter!

  2. Shanny says:

    Love making cake pops (sarcasm). Every time I do them for a good friend who beeeeeegs me for them, I say “never again”. I made chocolAte ones with orange coating for Halloween last year and then took a tiny piping bag and p up jackolantern faces on them in milk chocolate.

    Rowan looks beautiful!

    • tischcaylor says:

      Do you use paraffin chips in your coating? I’d like to not, but seems to be disastrous without…

      • Shanny says:

        I didn’t! I’ve done just a chocolate coating before with the Foley’s melting wafers and for the orange ones I did with orange melting wafers from the craft store in the chocolate section. I didn’t have any difficulties with them dripping at all!

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