Surprise Holiday Cake Pop
I'm writing a bunch of the holiday cooking / art projects now, so that you can try them now during the season, but this is a good one to do with your leftover candy canes and candy in January or anytime of the year (I really like mint & chocolate desserts).
I was inspired to make this by one of the holiday cake pops at Starbucks that is dipped white and has crushed candy canes on the outside. I liked the idea of the crunch of crushed candy canes on the outside for some texture with the cake pop.
Then when I was thinking about making cake pops, I was thinking about how I could put my own twist in it. As you know from my other posts, I have been experimenting and cooking stuffed foods for lunch / dinner and also making stuffed baked goods (like peanut-butter stuffed brownies or applesauce-stuffed cinnamon healthy cake.) See some links.
So I thought I could stuff something in a cake pop for another textural component with the cake pop.
I've never seen a cake pop stuffed with something, so this seemed like a fun thing to try.
I decided to stuff a piece of this Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate & Mint Squares which have a gooey filling. You could also try Peppermint Patties.
The basic steps are that:
- I made chocolate cake pops w/ chocolate frosting, then I stuffed a very small piece of Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate & Mint Square inside. Then I dipped them in white candy melts and crushed candy canes.
Yum! You get a the minty crunch of the candy canes on the outside w/ the chocolate cake pop and a little chocolate and the gooey mint filling of the Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate & Mint Square inside.
- Chocolate cake
(I did cake mix. You could also buy a cake or cupcake.)
- Chocolate frosting
- Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate & Mint Squares (or you could try Peppermint Patties)
- White candy melts or white chocolate (for coating)
- Crushed candy canes
Steps/Instructions -- w/ some notes:
1.) Make a cake pop mixture.
I just made a few cake pops from this cake and used the rest of the cake for other art projects.
Note: One of the tips I'm going to write about it in my tips for making cake pops post is that if you know you are going to make cake pops, it is better to bake a cake in a bread loaf pan or a pan that gives you a deeper cake with less outer crusts. To make cake pops you remove the crispy edges / outer crusts and use only the moist cake. If you bake it in a bread loaf pan, you get less crispy edges and more moist cake. (Btw, this is about 2/3 of a cake mix box in the bread loaf pan.)
In the 3rd picture, you can see I'm removing the crusts from the cake.
For this amount of cake, I used ~1 teaspoon of chocolate frosting. You can check out my posts on cake pops or using other ratios you see online. I hand-mixed the cake crumbs w/ the frosting.
2.) Crush your candy canes.
- Best method I've found is to use a hammer w/ the candy canes in a Ziploc bag on a hard surface.
3.) Cut a Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate & Mint Squares into 9 pieces.
- 1 piece will go inside each cake pop. 1/9 of a square seems small, but it can't be too big or it won't fit inside the cake pop.
4.) Start to form a cake ball and press 1/9 piece chocolate & mint square into the middle.
5.) Finish forming the cake balls and then put them in the freezer to set up a little bit while you melt the candy melts.
-- Note: On some websites I've seen for pop recipes, they recommend you put them in the fridge for 1-2 hours at this point to let the cake pops set.
6.) Melt white candy melts.
-- I just did it straight in the cup I was going to dip them in.
-- You can do it in the microwave on 50% power setting/defrost setting at 30-second or 15-second intervals or on the stove with a double-boiler. Add shortening to thin it out -- not water! :)
7.) Insert lollipop stick into the cake pop ~7-10 mm (not too far because the filling is in the middle.)
8.) Take the lollipop stick out and dip it in white candy melts, then dip it back into the whole.
9.) Put in the freezer for at least 15 min. to set.
10.) Dip in melted white candy melts to coat the cake pop.
11.) Cover with some crushed candy canes.
Give it a try! We are good at this! :)
I'm still working on learning how to dip and add sprinkles/candy canes, so it could look better (haha. :) ), but it tastes really good. As I mentioned, #dippingstruggles. Haha. :) I've never seen a cake pop stuffed with something inside. Cake pops are good on their own, but it's fun with these different textural components on the outside and inside. :)