Have you discovered Bakerella? www.bakerella.com
She has a website, books, and ideas just overflowing on how to make adorable cake pops and other tasty treats. These are deceptively simple; a combination of cake and icing come together then are added to a mini cone and dipped in chocolate. Here is Bakerella’s version: http://www.bakerella.com/i-scream-you-scream-we-all-scream-for%e2%80%a6/
I made these today for my three-year-old to take into playschool as a birthday treat. The hardest part of making these might be coming across the mini cones. I live near Denver and the only store I’ve found locally that sells this mini cone is Walmart. I made these at least a year ago and just afterwards Walmart stopped stocking these. Oh no! It has been months and months but they are back on the shelves now and ready to eat.
Mini ice cream cones
Chocolate, melted for dipping
Sprinkles or any other optional decoration
I made the cake from a boxed mix and used store-bought icing. If you are more ambitious go ahead and start from scratch but don’t put that added pressure on yourself this time.
1. Take your perfectly fine cake and crumble it into very small pieces using a fork. Better yet, if your cake did not come out of the pan evenly this would be a great reason to make cake pops in the first place. Crumbs are the goal here, it doesn’t matter how you get there!
2. Use a few dollops of icing and mix it through the crumbs. It’s difficult to give an exact ratio of crumbs to icing. You want the mix to come together like a dough. When you try to pinch the dough between your fingers, the mixture should start to stick together. Can you roll and shape it like play doh? If so, you have enough icing and are ready to move on.
3. Make balls of the mixture. Think smaller than a ping pong ball and larger than a marble-- maybe the size of those super-bouncy balls that kids love to bounce off the walls when you least want them to do so? (Or is that just at my house?) Place the balls on a plate or tray covered with parchment and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze the balls for 30 minutes. I happened to put mine in the freezer then left the house to run some errands. Two hours later I took the cake balls out and gave them five minutes at room temperature before I continued to the next step.
5. Melt your chocolate until it is a good consistency for dipping. Use a glass bowl and melt in 30 second increments on half power, stirring in between each 30 second blast, until the chocolate is smooth and uniform.
6. Experiment to see what works best for you when it comes time to dip the cones. I found tilting the bowl to the side and spinning the cone around was a good method for me. Try to cover the gap between the cake pop and the cone to achieve a realistic effect for your final cone.
7. Before the chocolate hardens shake some sprinkles or other decorative bits on the top.
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