Cake pops are so much easier at parties than cupcakes. No sticky frosting all over your hands, and no cake covered wrappers laying all over the place. These are funky candy corn colors! (seems to be my theme this year)
- 1 White Cake mix
- *plus whatever your cake mix needs
- Food Dye
- White candy coating
- Popsicle sticks
- about 4 cups Powdered Sugar
- 1/2 cup Butter, softened
- 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
- 1 tsp Any clear flavored extract (I used vanilla)
- Sprinkles for the top (Mini M&M's and mini chocolate chips are also awesome - Or, a piece of candy corn)
Prepare the cake mix according to the box - making sure to use the all egg white option, otherwise your white will be yellow tinged
Divide the batter equally into three bowls - tint one yellow and one orange
(if you add dye after baking, you'll have white specks of cake in your yellow and orange)
Bake each color separately
White the cakes are baking, cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add your 1 tsp of extract.
Slowly blend in the powdered sugar, until the frosting becomes thick (with lots of taste testing to make sure it's coming out okay)
Divide the frosting into 3 parts, and tint one bowl yellow and one bowl orange
Wait until your cakes are cool.
Once cool, mush up each cake, and add enough of the corresponding color of frosting to make it into a thick paste.
Don't feel like you have to use all of the frosting! If you use too much, the cake balls will be really soft. In the end, I had probably 1 1/2 cups of left over frosting.
For a more tie-dye effect, I used a small cookie scoop and just scooped up a bit of each color.
If you want your colors more even, you can take a small bit of each color and roll them into one larger ball.
I also did some candy corn shaped pops - and layered the colors (pay no attention to my colors being in the wrong order)
Once all your cake balls are rolled, set them in the freezer long enough to firm up
Melt some of your white candy coating
Dip the tip of the stick in the coating, and shove it into a cake ball
Dip each pop into the coating, and add sprinkles to the top.
If you don't want flat cake pops, you'll need some way to dry them without laying them down.
I just poked holes into a paper plate (using a big nail) - just make sure to place them evenly around the plate so that it doesn't topple.
Styrofoam or floral foam would probably also work - though they both seem kind of messy.
Not candy corn flavored, but just as bright and festive!