Art Birthday Party
Doodle Cake Pops
- cake in the flavor of your choice (cooled)
- one tub of store-bought frosting
- a cookie scoop
- 2 bags of white candy melts
- cookie or lollipop sticks
- icing or edible marker paints (Icing as the doodle on the cake pops shows up really bright and "pops" much better than edible markers. But if you want the kids to be involved in making these, writing with the markers is much easier for little hands.)
- Using your hands, break apart your cake into the widest, biggest mixing bowl you have. Crumble the cake pieces between your fingertips until you have a big bowl of crumbs.
- Scoop half of the tub of frosting into the bowl of crumbs and mix well with a spatula or spoon, until all of the crumbs are coated with frosting and moist. Set the mixture in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
- With a cookie scoop (to ensure that your pops are uniform in size), scoop out a rounded portion of the mixture and roll it between your hands, working it well so that it rolls together nicely and doesn't break apart. Continue to form cake balls until you have formed all the crumbs into cake balls. Depending on the size you roll the pops, the amount you end up with will vary, but you should get about 30 balls. Keep in mind, you may lose a few before you get a little practice in, so if you need extra, make sure to plan accordingly. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place the balls on top, covering it with plastic wrap. Set them in the refrigerator for four hours to overnight or in the freezer for about an hour or two.
- Remove your cake pops from the refrigerator. Place a small layer of white candy melts in a coffee mug, heating in the microwave until the candy is melted. Depending on your microwave, the heating times will vary, do it in 20-30 second intervals and stir in between. If your candy is thick or overheated, just add a little oil to the mixture and stir and that will thin it out.
- Dip the end of your cookie/lollipop stick into the melted candy and then insert the stick into the middle of the cake ball. Repeat the above steps until all of your cake pops are placed on sticks. Set them in the freezer for another 10 minutes or so while you heat the candy melts to cover the entire ball.
- Lay out medium-sized juice glasses (or a block of floral foam with premade cookie/lollipop stick holes if you have it). You will place your cake pops in these to dry once they are covered in the melted candy.
- Fill a fresh coffee mug about ¾ full with candy melts and heat in the microwave in 20-30 second increments, stirring in between. Once the candy is melted, add a few drops of oil and stir well to thin it out a bit and make it easier to work with.
- Remove the cake pops from the refrigerator and dip them into the candy melts. You may lose a few before you are good at it. Work quickly, tipping the coffee mug at about a 45-degree angle, and set them in sideways, spinning them around a bit and then making sure the entire ball of cake is covered with candy. Repeat the above process until all of the cake pops are covered with candy, placing them one by one into the juice glasses or floral foam to dry (make sure they are not touching!). These will be totally dry and ready to ice or draw on in about 10 minutes.
- Using the tubes of icing writers, draw fun doodle designs in assorted colors (think rainbows, smiley faces, yellow suns, zigzags, curlicues, polka dots, and animal outlines). That’s all there is to it! Have fun!