Not all the kids from my children’s school had known about cake pops before I “introduced” cake pops to them. I’ve made cake pops for their school parties and bake sale events. And now when they have parties, they kind of look forward to my kids to bring cake pops to school.
Kids love cake pops. My son doesn’t like to eat cake. I know, such a geeky weird boy I am raising here. But he adores cake pops. And it’s quite understandable. Cake pops are cute, colourful, fun to eat and if you are creative, you can go really crazy to cheer up your kids.
They were pretty excited about the easy-to-make monster cake pops I had made for their Halloween party. These snowman cake pops are more fancy and a bit more complicated to make. But you know it’s Christmas! Kids deserve to be spoiled and have something a little more special!
Ingredients (35 to 40 cake pops):
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon heavy cream
2 bags of white Candy Melts
1/2 bag of red Candy Melts
4 to 6 discs of black Candy Melts
4 to 6 discs of orange Candy Melts
To prepare cake, preheat oven to 350F. Grease and line an 8-inch square cake pan.
In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix eggs and sugar until well combined. Gradually add oil and vanilla, mix until just blended.
With the mixer on low, slowly add half the flour mixture; mix until just blended. Add the buttermilk, mix until just blended. Slowly add remaining flour mixture, scraping down sides of the bowl with a spatula, as necessary, until just blended.
Pour batter into the prepared pan. Transfer pan to oven and bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Let cake cool in pan for 15 minutes. Then invert it onto a greased rack. Let cool completely.
To prepare buttercream, beat butter for a few minutes in a standing mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Add powdered sugar and turn your mixer on low, beat until the sugar incorporates with the butter. Add vanilla and heavy cream, beat on medium speed for another 3 minutes, or until buttercream becomes light and fluffy.
To assemble cake pops, prepare two cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.
Break the cooled cake into a few big trunks by hand, place them into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on medium speed until the big pieces turn into crumbs.
Add frosting gradually into the cake crumbs and blend until the mixture becomes a dough, about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of frosting.
Scoop dough into 10 to 20 teaspoon-sized balls for the heads, and 10 to 20 tablespoon-sized balls for the bodies. Place them on the prepared cookie sheets. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Remove the small cake balls from the refrigerator. Melt white Candy Melts in the microwave gradually, 10 second intervals and stirring in-between. Dip one end of a lollipop stick in the Candy Melts and insert all the way through a small cake ball, leaving about one centimeter of the stick at the bottom. Repeat with all the small cake balls. Set aside for 30 seconds.
Remove the large cake balls from the refrigerator.
Dip each small cake ball in the white Candy Melts and gently tap off excess. Carefully but quickly insert the end of the stick into a large cake ball. Secure the head and body part and let it stand for 30 seconds. Repeat with the remaining cake balls.
Dip each snowman body in the white Candy Melts and gently tap off excess. Place cake pop onto a piece of parchment paper. Let it dry completely.
Place the red Candy Melts in a microwavable Ziploc bag. Microwave on high for 20 to 30 seconds to completely melt the Candy Melts. Push the melted candy toward one corner of the bag. With a pair of scissors, snip off a very small opening, and start piping the hat and scarf on each snowman cake pop.
Repeat with the black Candy Melts for the eyes, mouths, and buttons.
Repeat with the orange Candy Melts for noses.