The one thing Rowan knew for sure she wanted on her graduation party menu was 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
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
Make sure you have (or can borrow) a double boiler!
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.
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.