Little Man's first birthday was this last weekend, and we had a huge baseball birthday bash to celebrate! Yesterday I showed everyone his adorable little Baseball First Birthday Cake, and today comes another addition to our sweets table- Baseball Cake Pops! These ooey, gooey, crunchy, sweet pops were a huge hit- and through our trial and error, you can make your own awesome pops!
Read on for the how-to!
-Can of store bought cake icing
-Box of cake mix
-Large cake pan (any size) or pyrex dish
-Package of Candy Melts, Red and White
-Ziploc bag or Piping bag and very small diameter circle tip
-Cardboard box with small holes poked in it
First, mix your cake ingredients, and bake your cake. You want it fully cooked, but don't worry at all about how it looks. Once it is done and cooled, toss it into your food processor (you might need to break it up into smaller chunks to do this). Blend briefly until cake is mostly small crumbs.
Next, toss cake crumbs into a mixing bowl. Add icing, slowly, and mix with a spoon. You will end up using about a half a can, but this depends on how moist your cake is. You can always add more later- but you don't want to add to much, so mix slowly. You will be aiming for a wet texture that sticks together when rolling balls.
Roll balls with a diameter of about a quarter (just a little smaller than golf balls). Set in the fridge or freezer to cool and firm up.
Melt the white candy melts according to package directions in a medium sized bowl. Remove pops from fridge or freezer. Slide a candy stick into each pop, and pour just a little candy onto the bottom to "glue" the stick in place. This will make the next step much easier. We didn't get a picture of this step, because there was a lot of heartache leading up to this. Until my friend Danielle discovered this trick, we had four grown women staring at pops that wouldnt hold a stick and clumpy, awful looking pops. The candy "dam" at the base gluing the stick in place makes all the difference!
Next, add a little bit (about a teaspoon) of vegetable oil so that the candy melt is thinner. It should be pourable, but still thick enough to coat a cake pop.
Dip pops into the candy melt, completely cover cake, and slowly remove. Use a cardboard box to prop the candy melts upright to dry and set.
Next, cut a tiny (and I really mean TINY) corner off a ziploc bag. Melt red candy melt (about 1/4 the bag), and place in ziploc bag or piping bag with tiny diameter tip.
Pipe laces onto the pops. Start by piping on two red lines, and then add small dashes along the lines to make baseball stitching.
Pop them in the fridge when you are done!
About a half hour before the party, remove the pops from the fridge. To display the pops, I like to place them in styrofoam (florist foam would work, too). I took styrofoam balls and cut them in half. Then I placed the cake pops in the styrofoam balls- making sure to distribute the weight evenly so it didn't tip over. You could also then put them in a dish, a teacup, a small pot- anything you'd like to display them- but I liked the look of the plain white circle as it kind of make me think of a baseball!
If your hands (and brain) tire from piping laces, you can cheat like we did and just fill in a bunch with numbers. We did a bunch of "1" 's to celebrate the little guy's birthday. I then filled in some of the spaces in between the baseballs with the 1's.
These little cuties are delicious! They were a huge hit. Thanks Danielle!