Ready to get your hands dirty and bake your first cake?

That’s awesome!

Now, I know you came here to learn how to bake from scratch- and that’s coming. I promise, that’s coming. But before we get elbow deep in flour and eggs I want you to simply bake a cake. So, for your first hands-on project, I want you to bake a cake from a box mix. I know, I know. Easy, cheap, and borderline boring.

But here’s why I want you to make a box mix cake. I want you to kick off this cake course with a win in the kitchen. A project that will boost your confidence and proves that you can, in fact, bake!

And, once you’ve successfully baked your box mix cake, we’ll make it fancy and delicious to eat.

Because it’s easy to customize box mixes. Which makes them a wonderful shortcut to making a mouthwatering dessert in a fraction of the time. And this project proves that point, too.

Let’s review the process quick, so you know what to expect when you look at the recipe.

This recipe all starts with a cake mix. Cake mixes are easy, because as long as you accurately follow the directions on the back of the box, you can make a box mix cake. And it doesn’t even have to be super pretty, because once it’s out of the oven and cooled down, you turn the entire cake into crumbs!

We’re making Cake Pops, here people!

And while cake pops may be made from cake, they certainly don’t look like cake. Now, let’s get back to the recipe.

After you crumble your cake, you mix the cake crumbs with some frosting to create a cakey base. This base will resemble batter, but it’s fully cooked so it’s AOK to eat- unlike raw cake batter. From here, you form individual balls, stick a lollipop stick inside them, and dip them in melted chocolate.

Now, when it comes to melting chocolate, the easiest way is the microwave. Simply put your chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat it at 30 second intervals, stirring often, until the chocolate is fully melted. Why every 30 seconds? Because if you microwave your chocolate for three minutes straight to “melt it faster,” you could burn your chocolate and ruin it.

So go slow and stop once it’s liquidy enough.

Of course, after your cake pops are coated in chocolate, you can decorate them- or “garnish” them- however you’d like. Add crushed cookie crumbs, sprinkles, shredded coconut… the sky’s the limit. So treat it as a challenge and see how creative you can be!

My last word of wisdom is that this recipe is highly customizable. What do I mean by that? I mean that, if you love chocolate, make a chocolate cake mix and dip it in melted dark chocolate. Or, if you love vanilla, make a white cake mix and dip it in melted white chocolate.

And, if your spirit animal is a unicorn, πŸ¦„ melt colorful chocolate to dip your desserts into! Of course, the easiest way to get colored chocolate is to just buy colorful chocolate melting wafers From the cake decorating aisle of the grocery store.

All this to say that I’m so excited to see the variety of cake pops everyone makes!

How am I going to see them? Well, I’m looking through your camera right now, that’s how. I see and hear everything. And I mean: Every. Thing.

No, not really!

That’s your homework:

I want you to snap a pic of your dessert and post it in the discussion thread below!

Now, they don’t have to be amazing. This is the first foray into the kitchen for everyone in the course. So be kind to yourself if they don’t turn out Instagram worthy. It’s ok. I just want you to bake. Period. And if you do, I believe that’s reason enough to celebrate! πŸ₯³

So please be brave and leave a picture of your cake pops.

Plus, it’s the last step in our three step educational strategy. You know, bake, share & repeat. By now, you’ve already done step one and your moments away from step two. So all that’s left is for you to leave a picture. And admire (or encourage) your fellow classmates on their creations as well.

And to kick things off, I’ve posted my cake poppy creations here too. Because the rules are the rules and no one is above them- myself included.

So, if you’re ready, let’s hit the kitchen!

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Project 1 | Cake Pops


Ingredients

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Cake:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1/2 c canned vanilla frosting

Cake Pops:

  • white chocolate, melted
  • sprinkles, for garnish

Instructions

Cake:

  1. Make the cake following the directions on the back of the box.
  2. Bake the cake in accordance to the box’s directions and allow to cool completely.
  3. Take a cardboard box or a piece of foam and poke holes in it so that the lollipop sticks stand upright. Set aside for later.Β 
  4. Crumble the cake into pieces with your hands.
  5. Add the frosting to the cake crumbs and mix until the batter comes together.

Cake Pops:

  1. Roll the batter into individual balls roughly 1 inch in diameter. Place the balls on a baking sheet and chill in the freezer until firm.
  2. Once the balls have solidified, you can make them a little rounder, if desired. Then insert a lollipop stick into the base of the ball.
  3. Dip the lollipops in the melted white chocolate and allow some of the excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Then carefully place the lollipop stick in the prepared perforated box so that the lollipop can stand upright while the chocolate sets.
  4. If desired, once the lollipop is upright, add sprinkles while the chocolate is still tacky.

Notes

If you need extra guidance, Sally’s Baking Addiction has a great blog post about how to make cake pops.

Now, just one second there- I’m not quite done with you…

Don’t forget you need to share with the rest of the class. So be sure to click on the purple “Reply” button to post your cake pop pic to this discussion thread. Click the arrow icon on someone else’s post to give them some feedback on their cake!

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