Monday, January 14, 2013

{3} Cake Pop Recipes

     Well, the holidays have come and gone, folks. Yikes. 2013 is just beginning, and I have absolutely no idea how 2012 flew by me in the blink of an eye. Anyone else feel like that? Double yikes. I'm sure that none of you had a busy holiday season {wink, wink}. I'm sure none of you baked or stressed over neighbor gifts, or ran around like a mad woman the day before Christmas grabbing all those last minute little gifts.... I know I didn't do ANY of those things! Ha! Who am I kidding? I was almost a basket case this year. My whole family came up for Christmas (my parents live in Utah and my three brothers live in Boise, Idaho), so I wanted to make things special for them. Oh, did I mention that I have a newborn baby who still didn't have her sleep schedule figured out, so I was up all hours of the night this Christmas? Needless to say, I was not only a basket case, but I was a ZOMBIFIED basket case. :)

     Through it all, neighbor gifts were something I really wanted to do this year. I didn't do much last year because I was still getting to know people in my area, and I just didn't get around to it. But throughout 2012, I got to know some neighbors better, and I gained some really good friends. I wanted to make them simple gifts that expressed my gratitude for them and for what they have meant to me this year. Not having family around is difficult, so these neighbors have become my family. The gifts I chose to make them were cake pops. Why? A.) I enjoy baking B.) Cake pops do take some effort and preparation to make. It took me a good 3 days to make all the cake pops! But through all the effort and time it took to make them, I was giving the gift of service. C.) Cake pops are fairly inexpensive to make. I love my neighbors, but we are on a fairly tight budget, so I needed something that wouldn't break the bank for those I loved.



     As I searched through some cake pops recipes, I wanted to stick with a holiday theme... so the first things that came to mind were candy canes and gingerbread! Yum! Who doesn't love candy canes and gingerbread? Well, there are some people who don't enjoy candy canes (ahem, my husband!! What the heck is wrong with him? Just kidding!).... but I decided to make them anyway. So, I made two holiday themed cake pops and I decided to make a chocolate cream cake pop to satisfy the chocolate sweet tooth.
     I love the way they turned out, and I especially love the way they tasted! They were absolutely delicious and I'm so glad they turned out! I loved them so much, I froze some for myself, and my husband and I just ate a few while I typed up this blog post!

     Throughout 2013, I encourage you to bake more for others. If you want to give something, but don't know what, I don't think you could ever go wrong with a homemade loaf of bread, some fresh jam or salsa, or cake pops. Baked gifts show that you put a lot of thought and effort into making something special for someone you love (or like a lot...).  I know I want to bake more for others. What a better way to show someone that you've been thinking of them?

Happy Cake Popping!
Claudia

Want to make some? Go here for a detailed tutorial on how to make cake pops, and keep reading for 3 delicious cake pop recipes!


Candy Cane Cake Pops

1 box white cake mix
3/4 cup milk
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients together. Pour into a 9x13 greased baking pan and bake at 350 for about 26 minutes. Don't overbake this mix, or you'll have some crusty pieces! Remove from the oven and cool completely. Crumble into small pieces in a large bowl.

Add

1 cup (or more..... or less...) of buttercream frosting. You can find an excellent recipe here.
1/2 cup crushed candy canes

** I found it a little difficult to shapes these into perfect balls because of the crushed candy canes. It make take a little more time than usual to make these, but I assure you that it's worth it!


Gingerbread Cookie Cake Pops

1 box spice cake mix (this was a little difficult for me to find. So, I bought a yellow cake mix and added some nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice to the dry cake mix).
1/4 cup molasses
1 cup milk
3 eggs

Mix all ingredients together. Pour into a 9x13 greased baking pan and bake at 350 for about 26 minutes. Don't overbake this mix, or you'll have some crusty pieces! Remove from the oven and cool completely. Crumble into small pieces in a large bowl.

Add

1 cup buttercream icing mixed with 2 tsp. cinnamon



Chocolate Cream Cake Pops

1 box chocolate cake mix
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract


Mix all ingredients together. Pour into a 9x13 greased baking pan and bake at 350 for about 26 minutes. Don't overbake this mix, or you'll have some crusty pieces! Remove from the oven and cool completely. Crumble into small pieces in a large bowl.

Add

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup - 1 cup of buttercream icing mixed with about 3 TBSP cocoa powder


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