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Red Velvet “North Pole” Cake Pops

by Christa on December 23, 2013

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Cake pops are fun to make, but they can be exhausting depending on how intricate you get. There are tons of cute elf, Christmas Tree, Santa cake pop ideas out there – but I wanted to make some that were simple, easy-to-make and just as DELICIOUS!

Red Velvet "North Pole" Christmas Cake Pops

Red Velvet "North Pole" Christmas Cake Pops

All you need is some red striped straws  and white sprinkles and you’ve got yourself some “North Pole” Cake pops – its as easy as that! If you don’t like red velvet, feel free to interchange any kind of cake in the recipe. Merry Christmas!

Red Velvet "North Pole" Christmas Cake Pops

 

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Red Velvet “North Pole” Cake Pops

(makes 24 cake pops)

INGREDIENTS:

1 box Red Velvet Cake Mix + ingredients listed on box
1 can vanilla or cream cheese frosting (you will only need 2-3 spoonfuls)
24 cake pop sticks or 12 red & white striped straws (cut in half)
2 bags of Wilton’s candy melts (in any color)
Sprinkles (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9″ x 13″ baking pan with cooking spray.
2. Mix cake mix and all other ingredients listed on the box in a large bowl. Mix well until all ingredients are incorporated thoroughly. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake according to directions on box.
3. Set aside and cool cake completely. Once cake is cooled, crumble cake with your hands until it resembles fine crumbs.
4. Add in 2-3 spoonfuls of frosting until cake is moist and can hold the shape of a ball. **IMPORTANT: you don’t want the cake to be too moist or else it won’t keep its shape when dipped into the candy coating. Less is more when it comes to the frosting!
5. Use a mini ice cream scoop to scoop out small balls (about the size of a ping-pong ball) and place on a place. Repeat until all the cake mixture has been rolled into balls.
6. Melt 2-4 ounces of the Wilton’s candy melts (about 1/3 cup). Melt according to directions on the back of the bag. I prefer to microwave on 50% power for 30 sec. increments until the candy is melted, but not too hold. Its important not to burn the candy coating.
7. Dip the tip of the cake pop sticks into the white chocolate and insert into the cake balls about half-way.
8. Freeze cake balls for about 20 minutes. While they are freezing, prepare decorating supplies.
9. Melt remaining chocolate in a large deep cup. Make sure you have enough candy coating to submerge the cake ball completely.
10. Remove cake balls from freezer, 6 at a time. Dip cake balls carefully into the candy coating until covered. Let the excess drip off by gently swirling and wiggling the cake pop back and forth.
11. Add sprinkles IMMEDIATELY as the candy coating dries fast. After about 30 seconds it will be dry and nothing will stick to it.
12. Set cake pop aside and repeat with all the others.
13. Flatten the bottom of the cake pop slightly, so the “North Pole” sticks straight up. Once candy coating has dried, its time to dig in! Merry Christmas!

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