Many of you may find it weird that I baked birthday cakepops for a large, inanimate, corporation, but this company has given me so much in the past two years that it felt appropriate.
This year we are celebrating 30 years of Discovery, and we’re doing it big. There are decorations ALL over the building, employees from global offices are coming together to brainstorm for the future of our networks, and there’s this intangible sense of community wafting through the halls.
Enough sap. Here’s how to make some awesome cakepops:
1. Start with a baked cake, completely cooled.
2. Using a fork, tear the cake up. Avoid the edges, as it will get in the way of your cakeball and cause them to break. (I also avoid the bottom of the cake if it is even the slightest bit overcooked)
3. Add 1/3 cup frosting of your choice. I usually just use good ole’ duncan hines because it’s easy. There’s a debate that you can also use whole milk but I feel weird about leaving them out at room temp with milk.
4. Mash up into a ball. It shouldn’t look like a perfect moist ball, otherwise that means you used too much frosting and the sticks won’t stay inserted. The purpose is to have an evenly mixed cake/frosting mixture that will stick together.
5. Take a chunk and (with clean hands!!!!) squeeze to tightly pack them. Roll into balls in the palm of your hands and set on parchment paper.
6. Melt chocolate wafers at 50% heat in a mug or bowl.
7. Somehow forgot to take a picture of this, but dip the sticks into the melted chocolate and gently stick them in each cakepop, about 1/2-3/4 of the way in. Refrigerate cakepops for 20 minutes, then take them out and let them come back to room temperature (about 15 min)
8. Decorate! See video above