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How to Make Football Cake Pops

 

We’ve caught the Cake Pop bug! They’re not only delicious, but also cute and fun to make. Plus, it’s a chance to unleash your creativity: the shape, color and design possibilities are endless. Since we’re thinking about the Superbowl, we decided to make Football-themed cakes. Follow along to learn how to make them–but of course, feel free to personalize them to make them your very own!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Football Pops

1 box of chocolate cake mix (makes about 48 pops)

1 container of chocolate cake frosting

Almond bark (aka candy coating)

1 bar of white chocolate

Candy sticks

Parchment Paper

1 small sandwich bag

Football Field Base

1 half-circle-shaped piece of craft foam

1 bowl that fits the craft foam

foil

vanilla frosting and green food coloring

white chocolate, leftover from the pops

Here’s what you do:

First, make cake mix according to the directions on the box. Once it’s baked and cooled, crumble cake in a bowl. Mix in the container of cake frosting.


Refrigerate or freeze your cake/frosting mix until firm. Once it can be shaped easily with your fingers, remove from refrigerator/freezer and roll into balls shaped like footballs (or anything you like).

Now it’s time to insert the candy sticks into the cake. We recommend dipping the ends of the sticks in some melted almond bark–it prevents the pops from falling off the sticks.

Melt a small amount of the almond bark, dip ends of candy sticks into it and insert into cake pops. Then, place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and freeze until firm.

Once they’re hard, they’re ready to dip in chocolate! Take them out of the freezer, cover your work surface with parchment paper and melt enough almond bark that you can easily dip the pops. Then, dip each pop into the melted almond bark and place it on the parchment paper to harden.

Now, to make them really look like footballs, they need white chocolate laces! Melt a small amount of white chocolate and place in small sandwich bag. Cut a small part of the corner off of the bag as if you were piping a cake. Then, draw your laces on with the white chocolate.

Now they’re ready to eat and enjoy!

We wanted to give them a decorative base, and we thought it would look really cute to have them on something that looked like a football field. Here’s how we did it:

Get a piece of craft foam in the shape of a half circle. Find a mixing bowl that it fits into. Wrap the foam in tinfoil and place it in the bowl.
Cover tinfoil with something green. We used white frosting colored green, but you can use Easter grass, tissue paper, etc. We drew some lines with leftover melted white chocolate.

Place end of candy stick in mixing bowl, and admire your work…then eat one (or two). Delicious!

Have you made Cake Pops before? Let us know what YOU made!

Holiday Baking Ideas

What’s one of the best parts of the holidays? Baking, of course! Cookies, pie, cake, bread…there are so many delicious things to enjoy this time of year. It’s also an opportunity to carry on family traditions. Perhaps you remember a relative’s scrumptious pie or secret cake recipe, or maybe you help your kids make a recipe you yourself learned as a child. My family, for example, made sugar cookies every year that we’d decorate with brightly-colored, powdered-sugar icing. As a kid, I loved mixing food coloring into the bowls of icing, and then drizzling it over the cookies in fanciful patterns. I also remember my great-grandmother’s cookies–she made dozens of them every Christmas. My favorite were her potato chip cookies (don’t knock ’em until you try ’em!). What are your favorite holiday baking traditions?

Keep up with your family’s baking traditions or start some new ones this year! Here are some handy products to make your holiday baking more fun.

Cookie Cake Pans

Cookie Cake Pans: the best of both worlds! Make a chocolate cake with vanilla icing in the middle for a jumbo-sized Oreo-style cake!

Holiday Baking Pan by Paula Deen

Fun holiday shapes are yours to decorate with the Holiday Baking Pan by Paula Deen.

Cookie Press

Make perfect spritz cookies in a variety of patterns with this Cookie Press.

POURfect Measuring Bowls

POURfect Measuring Bowls make it easier to pour ingredients in the bowl without spilling. Especially handy if you have kids in your kitchen!

Animal Pot Holders

Animal pot holders are so cute, they’re sure to make you smile.

Homemade Christmas Cookbook

Looking for some new recipes? Homemade Christmas Cookbook from Gooseberry Patch has some deliciously simple ideas.

Jolly Wink Santa Cake

Or if you want to let someone else do the baking, try bakery food gifts from The Swiss Colony!