This past Friday I was invited to a Foodbuzz sponsored cake pop “contest” judged by none other than the cake pop queen, Miss Bakerella herself!
Let me say upfront that I definitely didn’t win! I totally wasn’t expecting to though. While I’ve always marveled at Bakerella’s beautiful cake pop creations, I know my limits and I know that I’m no cake (pop) decorator. When Foodbuzz asked me if I’d like to participate with a few other bay area bloggers in the event, I automatically said yes for the sole reason of meeting Bakerella and eating cake. Then after I said yes I realized that I actually had to make cake pops to bring too. Cake pops that the entire Foodbuzz team would see. Cake pops that other bloggers would see. Cake pops that Bakerella would judge?!
I immediately called my friend Ashley who is known in our group of friends for always bringing beautiful cake pops to any barbecue or party. Then I kidnapped her and her child and took them to Michael’s with me to buy candy melts, lollipop sticks and the worst food-safe markers I’ve ever tried.
Then I got to work!
I used boxed carrot cake and delicious
crack Betty Crocker frosting to make my pops. Then I formed the cake balls into pudgy triangles and dipped them into yellow, orange and white candy melts. A few expletives were uttered and a few pops were “confiscated” (for the greater good), but I was pleased with the final outcome because even though I knew they weren’t the most detailed and beautiful cake pops ever made, they were freaking delicious.
And what’s a beautiful cake pop worth if it tastes like crud?
The answer, friends, is nothing.
And yes, I really wore matching Halloween booties while I baked. Normal people match their clothes to their baked goods, right?
Gina ended up winning the contest and the girl deserved it, too! Her cake pops are the ones right in front of Bakerella in the photo below and were all shaped like different Halloween characters. Too cute! I wish I had that talent. Instead, I just have candy corn socks and triangular cake pops.
Candy Corn Cake Pops
1 box carrot cake
1/2 can vanilla frosting
1 bag white candy melts
1 bag orange candy melts
1 bag yellow candy melts
Bake the cake according to box directions and let cool completely. Then, transfer it into a large mixing bowl and break it up with your hands. Add the frosting and mix together. Then, form triangles out of small ping-pong sized balls of cake and place on a wax paper lined plate. Repeat until you have desired amounts of cake pops then place cake triangles into the freezer and let sit for an hour.
Melt each color candy melt in a separate bowl in the microwave for a minute each. Stick end of each lollipop stick in the melted candy (this will help the cake pops stay on the stick!). Working one at a time, dip cake triangle into the yellow candy then stick on the lollipop stick. Then, dip into the orange and finally the white. The frosting should harden in only about five minutes.
Continue with each cake pop and store in the fridge. There are many different ideas for cake pop “carriers” but I just used an old egg crate!