The firm I worked for once upon a time was very philanthropic. Each year the partners would select a charity for the staff to support. The charities were places like a literacy center, a battered women’s shelter, quilts for kids.
The various groups at the firm came up with some very creative ideas to raise money to support these charities. One group held a silent auction, others held office field days or “bail out of jail” type fundraisers. In my office location the tax processing team held a pancake breakfast on St. Patrick’s Day, the administrative assistants did a salad and soup luncheon, the tech support group held a chili cook-off and facilities maintenance and marketing offered a dessert competition & cookbook.
Can you guess which event was my favorite?
Right!!! The one with the food. You are so smart.
Well, the dessert competition was right up my alley. Except I didn’t have the spare time to actually contribute a dessert or recipe to the competition. So I showed up, bought several tickets and ate the desserts to judge them instead.
Now, how I had managed to live 34 years on this earth without ever eating a cake pop was beyond me, above my paygrade and certainly a feat of super-human strength. A true testament to my incredible willpower.
My friend directed me to her contribution, some adorably decorated cake pops. I picked one out and took a bite. Turning to my friend, I swallowed hard and said how delicious it was. And made a mental note to get to confession on Saturday afternoon because the bite I had just swallowed was dry, disgustingly sweet and stale.
I mixed up a box of red velvet cake mix (from Aldi) and a can of vanilla frosting (also from Aldi). Hey! Don’t get all, “boxed cake mix <GASP!>!” with me. Sometimes my minions demand attention so intensely that diverting it longer than it takes to measure out water and vegetable oil is just not possible. I used vanilla candy melts and shortening to create the candy coating and set each cake pop on 3 white chocolate chips to help create a flat bottom. Decorated with red & blue colored sugar, they turned out cute.
And tasted, wow, just wow. Much, much better than I ever expected. They were moist and not too sweet. The candy coating was crisp and not overpowering. Really, just yummm.
A week later, I made another batch with this delicious chocolate cake recipe and another can of chocolate frosting (Kroger brand this time). Same coating as the first time, except with rainbow nonpareils, colored sugar or chocolate sprinkles for decorations. They were delicious! The kids gobbled them up and I gave some to my parents, brother and his family to enjoy as well.
I’m on the lookout for some heavy duty foam to make a cake pop stand so I can decorate them using my cake decorating supplies. Instead of creating flat bottomed cake pops, I’d like to try lollipop style ones.