Mon, Apr 2, 2012
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I had some leftover cake so I decided to make basketball cake pops for the Men’s NCAA championship game tonight. They would be great for any basketball game, sports party or treats for a basketball team. They are easy to make but I found the teeny icing tip to be very unforgiving. I definitely need more practice to get straight lines before I serve them at a party but you get the picture…and they were just fine for my family.
When I make cake pops I typically use a basic white cake with vanilla buttercream frosting. This time I used a combination of carrot cake and cream cheese frosting. You can use the cake and frosting combo of your choice.
- Cake, crumbled
- Frosting, to taste
- Orange Wilton candy melts
- Chocolate chips or black icing
- Lollipop sticks
- Once your cake has cooled, crumble it into pea-sized or smaller pieces.
- Mix in the frosting a spoonful or two at a time, adding just enough so that when rolled the cake mixture stays in balls without crumbling apart.
- Roll the dough into balls.
- Place them on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet.
- Refrigerate them for 15-30 minutes.
- Melt a small portion of the orange Wilton candy melts and dip the ends of each lollipop stick into the chocolate.
- Immediately insert a chocolate-dipped lollipop stick into each cake ball so that it is inserted about half way through the cake ball.
- Place the cake pops back onto the waxed paper or stand them up in a glass and freeze them for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Melt the remaining orange Wilton candy melts in a deep glass or bowl.
- Working with one cake pop at a time, dunk it in the chocolate and swirl it around until the chocolate covers the cake pop up past the point where the chocolate-dipped stick is inserted into the cake.
- Swirl it and tap off any excess chocolate.
- Place it in a short glass or in styrofoam with holes poked in it to allow the chocolate to harden.
- Melt the chocolate in a double-boiler.
- Transfer the melted chocolate to a cake decorating bag fitted with a small, round tip.
- Once the orange chocolate on the basketballs has hardened, pipe the basketball marks on each basketball cake pop using the melted chocolate or black icing.
- Place them in a short glass or in styrofoam with holes poked in it to allow them to dry completely.
- If using cream cheese frosting, refrigerate the cake pops if not consumed immediately.