Before embarking on my 3-day long trip to New York this weekend with my sister (aggghh!!), the girls and I had a fun-filled day. First on the agenda was swimming at the local rec center. Awesome, because it cost only 3 bucks for all of us to get in during their special preschool lunchtime swim and we had the place to ourselves. Next, we hit up Wendy’s for some chicken nugget happy meals, followed by the bank for desert–sucker style.
Once home, my girls didn’t slow down. We played outside in the leaves, took a walk, and examined what felt like each and every rock in the backyard, looking for slugs and salamanders. We did find several.
After I settled Mya down for her nap, the real fun began. Ada decided she wanted to make cake pops. If you haven’t seen these bad boys, you’ve been hanging out with the salamanders for too long, because they are everywhere. I love them because they are so cute and kid-friendly. Who wouldn’t love cake on a stick? Honestly though, for some reason, I had never actually tried them, even though I always buy Ada one when we make a Starbucks run. Yesterday was my first time taking a nibble–and they are delicious.
So, following my three-year old daughter’s lead, the cake pop preparations began.
*Tub of frosting
*Decorations (chocolate chips, sprinkles, gel, etc.)
Make the cake per box directions and let cool. Then, divide the cake into sections and break it all apart into a big bowl. It should all be fine crumbles with no big chunks. Mix 3/4 of the frosting into the cake crumble. (No more or no less, or your cake pops will fall apart!)
Roll the mixture into little balls and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Pop in the fridge or freezer to cool until they are firm, but not frozen.
When you are ready to assemble, melt the candy coating per directions.
Dip one stick into the coating, then into the cake ball, then dip and roll the cake ball into the coating. Decorate it before it sets.