easy desserts & recipes: cupcake pops

Cupcake Cake Pops What could be cuter than these adorable cupcake pops? They are an easy treat to make and will bring a little whimsy to any event. Use the cupcake mold to create these treats without fuss.
Cupcake Pops Ingredients 9-by-13-inch Midnight Chocolate Cake (See below) 2 cups Chocolate Frosting (see below) 1 package chocolate melts 1 package white chocolate melts 1 package pink candy melts Sprinkles and/or colored sugars Candy Red Hots or mini red M&M’s Lollypop sticks Directions 1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Trim about 1/2 inch from edges of the cake. Working in batches, crumble cake into a large bowl. Make sure the cake is fine, with no substantial pieces. 2. Add frosting until well combined. 3. Place the mixture into the refrigerator for about 2 hours. 4. When mixture is chilled throughout begin to form the cupcakes by placing a small amount of the mixture into the cupcake mold. Release the cupcake from the mold and place onto a prepared baking sheet. Repeat the process until you have used all the mixture. 5. When you are finished place the cakes into the refrigerator to chill for about 1 hour or place in the freezer for about 15 minutes. 6. Melt chocolate in heatproof bowl set over simmering water. Line another baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. 7. When the cupcakes are chilled dip the bottom of each cupcake into the chocolate; Place cupcakes, bottom-side up, to prepared baking sheet. 8. Place a lollipop stick into the bottom of each cupcake. Before dipping the tops, let the chocolate set completely. 9. Melt white chocolate and/or pink candy melts in heatproof bowl set over simmering water. Dip the tops of the cupcakes into the white chocolate or pink candy melts and place right-side up by sticking the lollipop sticks into a Styrofoam square. 10. Decorate with the candy and sprinkles. Midnight Chocolate Cake For the cake: 2 cups cake flour 1 ¾ cups sugar ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 ¼ cup milk ¾ cup shortening (Use the butter flavored Crisco.) 3 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract For the Frosting: 12 ounces (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips ¼ cup shortening 3 cups confectioners’ sugar ½ cup milk To make the cake: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9x13 inch cake pan. 2. In a large bowl combine, with a fork, flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. 3. Add milk, shortening, eggs and vanilla (still combining with a fork) 4. Then mix at high speed and blend all ingredients until smooth. 5. Pour into 9x13 cake prepared cake pan. 6. Bake for 30 minutes or until tester inserted in center comes out clean. (While the cake is baking make the filling.) 7. Allow the cake to cool, and then slice each cake into 2 layers. To make the frosting: 1. In a double boiler (or just stack saucepans, the one for the ingredients needs to be a good size), over hot, not boiling water, melt the chocolate with the shortening. 2. Stir in the sugar and milk. 3. Remove from the heat 4. Beat with a spoon until smooth. 5. Frost sides and top of cake. Decorate the top of the cake with chocolate shavings if you are feeling creative.
Photography Data: Featured Photographer Ruth Black ApertureFNumber: f/4.0 Make: Canon Model: Canon EOS 7D ExposureTime: 1/8 FNumber: 4/1 ExposureProgram: 3 ISOSpeedRatings: 100 MaxApertureValue: 3/1 MeteringMode: 5 Flash: 16 FocalLength: 100/1
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    • May 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm //

      Thank you.

    • May 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm //

      Thank you = )

  • April 30, 2012 at 10:39 pm //

    They are perfect! I want to make something like this for my niece’s birthday! The kids will love it!

    • May 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm //

      Thank you Villy = )

  • May 1, 2012 at 12:30 am //

    I’m not usually one for “cute” but I have to say these are wonderful! And I do like whimsy, so these are right up my alley. Fun recipe, great picture & post – thanks.

    • May 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm //

      Right there with you!!! We try to throw in one or two in week, if possible, we try to alter the recipes and bring them more to a gourmet level, and limit the use of artificial colorings, etc as much as possible = )

    • May 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm //

      Thank you Bonnie!

  • May 1, 2012 at 2:53 am //

    These are absolutely adorable! I’ve never made a cupcake, or a cake pop. I need to make one of them soon!

    • May 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm //

      Thank you Sarah.

  • May 1, 2012 at 6:32 am //

    I love how they turned out–they’re so cute! They’d be perfect for a party!

    • May 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm //

      Thank you Kiersten = )

    • May 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm //

      Thanks Stephanie!

  • May 1, 2012 at 12:05 pm //

    omg, i luvvv cake pops, but I keep buying them from starbucks, I need to start making them. looks so delicious.

    • May 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm //

      “tee hee” What flavors are available at starbucks? = )

  • May 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm //

    Awww your cake pops are so cute!!! Who wouldn’t love these!

  • May 2, 2012 at 1:38 am //

    These are sooooo cute. Making these for the next family gathering – though I forsee a fight over these gorgeous little cakes.

  • May 2, 2012 at 6:03 am //

    This is one such treat that I am yet to make an attempt to :) Looks lovely like a Pro!

    • May 2, 2012 at 7:42 am //

      We had so much fun testing out the gourmet version of these little cuties!!! Although gourmet chocolate would make for one expensive pop! “wink” Have you tried the starbucks versions yet.

  • May 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm //

    Wow looks so delicious..Very innovative

  • May 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm //

    These are so cute! Love the way they turned out totally genius to use a mold.

  • May 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm //

    These are so darling!

  • May 3, 2012 at 12:04 am //

    These look FLAWLESS! Well done!!

    • May 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm //

      Definitely try or make the gourmet version.. so worth it. I heard starbucks had a pretty nice pop too!