Sweets on a stick
Sweets on a stick are the perfect treat. There's a pop for all seasons, all reasons. For parties, desserts, everyday and special occasions, pops are tops!
They can be as simple as classic cake ball pops--crumbled cake mixed with icing, then shaped into balls and dipped into melted candy. Or, create hundreds of other pop shapes and flavors from cake, brownies, cookies and crispy cereal treats.
These recipes are only the beginning. "Pops! Sweets on a Stick," a new book from Wilton, features 112 pages packed with pops. Visit www.wilton.com to order the book, pops supplies, find recipes and much more. Pop to it!
Basic Cake Ball Pops
1 box (about 18 ounces) cake mix
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray two 8-inch or 9-inch round pans or one 13- by 9- by 2-inch sheet pan with vegetable pan spray. In large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, water and oil; beat at medium speed with electric mixer 2 minutes. Pour into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes for round pans; 35 to 40 minutes for sheet pan, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling grid and cool completely. Divide cake in half; freeze one half for future use. In large bowl, use hands to crumble cake until no large chunks remain. Add icing; mix with fingers until well combined. Form mixture into balls. Chill in refrigerator at least 2 hours. Melt Candy Melts according to package directions. Dip sticks into melted Candy Melts and insert into cake balls; let set. Wait until candy is completely firm before dipping the pops completely in melted Candy Melts. Yields 48 tablespoons. Makes 48 -- 1-tablespoon sized cake ball pops (each about 1 1/4-inch diameter). Makes 24 -- 2-tablespoon sized cake ball pops (each about 1 1/2-inch diameter). Makes 16 -- 3-tablespoon sized cake ball pops (each about 1 3/4-inch diameter).
The Stars Are Aligned
1 box (18 ounces) yellow cake mix
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray Silicone Star Pops Mold with vegetable pan spray. In large bowl, prepare cake mix following package instructions. Pour into prepared mold supported by cookie sheet, filling cavities 2/3 full; insert sticks. Bake 16 to 21 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in mold 20 minutes; remove from mold to cooling grid and cool completely. Melt Candy Melts in disposable decorating bags. Cut tip of bag and pipe top, bottom and middle stars with melted candy; let set. Pipe remaining 2 stars; let set. Pipe outline details using melted candy. Each serves 1.
*Mix green and yellow candy for green shown in photo.
Try Trifocals! Medium Cake Ball Pops
White, Red, Orange and Green Candy Melts, melted
Dip cake balls in melted candy. Place in Decorating Stand; chill until firm. With pointy knife, cut small holes in sides of cake balls for ears. Insert banana candy, securing with melted candy. Cut small piece of spice drop and shape for nose. Attach nose and eyes with melted candy. Pipe black tinted candy mouth, let set. Pipe white candy dot teeth. Each serves 1.
Small and Medium Cake Balls,* not on sticks
Dip cake ball pops in melted candy. Roll in various toppings. Let set on parchment-covered cake board. Use melted candy in disposable decorating bag to pipe a ring of candy about 4 inches from end of stick; chill until firm, then overpipe. Place sticks on parchment-covered cake board until firm. Slide four cake balls onto prepared sticks, alternating sizes. Each serves 1.
*2 cake balls each size per kabob.
Create a rainbow effect with 3 layers of color! Works with any trio of Candy Melt colors, or try light, medium and dark shades of the same color. Lighten Candy Melt colors by adding melted White Candy Melts.
Triple Dippers Medium Cake Ball Pops
Dark Cocoa, White and any favorite color Candy Melts, melted
Dip cake ball pops completely in melted cocoa or white candy; place in Decorating Stand and chill until firm. Create 2 shades of each candy color by adding more or less White Candy Melts, or using Candy Colors. Dip pops in lightest candy shade, covering bottom 2/3; chill until firm. Dip pops in darkest candy shade, covering bottom 1/3; chill until firm. Each serves 1 .
1. Start with a pop that has already been completely candy dipped and chilled as your base color. Dip pop 2/3 deep in second color of melted Candy Melts. Tap and chill until set.
2. Dip pop 1/3 deep in third Candy Melt color. Tap to remove excess.
3. Place pop on parchment-covered cake board and chill until firm.
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