Well, the baby shower was a success! Luckily, the weather was great & there was a good turnout. My niece asked me if I could make cake pops for the favors, as I had made some for Easter & they were a big hit. This time around I needed to make 50 though, so it took some time. Honestly, after about 20 I had a pretty good routine going. I have a cake pop maker & found a good recipe using a cake mix. You eliminate the water, add milk & also add pudding mix. I used a Pillsbury Strawberry Supreme Cake Mix & they were so moist with the addition of pudding! The cake pop maker makes 7 pops at a time, so I actually used two boxes of cake mix for 56 pops. I used one large bag of vanilla candy melts (use your coupon) & a small bag of pink for decorating. There seems to be a lot of issues with the pops falling off the sticks. I researched this & found some good tips.
This is what worked for me:
Fill the cake pop machine with batter to the top-not 3/4 full like when you normally make cupcakes.
I finished all the pops I needed & put them in a large bowl as I went along. Once I had them all done I put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes. I then took the lollipop stick (I used 8″) & dipped it in the melted chocolate then stuck it in the pop to secure it. Once they were all done I put them back in the freezer (on sheet pans) for 30 minutes. I only used about 1/4 of the bag of chocolate melts at a time in the microwave melting at 30 second intervals, otherwise it hardens & is impossible to use. Just dip the pop in the melted chocolate & gently turn. I used a spoon to completely cover the pop, then I held it upright for a minute or so letting any excess drip off. I had a large piece of foam ready to stand the pops up in letting them harden. They don’t take long at all-only about 15 minutes. Decorate as you like-I did some with polka dots, but mostly stuck with plain white & pink. I used 3×5 favor bags & tied with ribbon & stamped a thank you tag which I attached with a glue dot.
I wanted something cute to display them in. I had a nice basket with side handles. I had left over tulle from the tutu I showed a couple of weeks ago. I used the same process of cutting 12″ strips, folding in half & tying around basket creating a full skirt. Everyone loved how they were displayed next to the cake. I filled the basket with silver shreds to cover the foam.
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