Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holiday Treat

Happy Wednesday everyone!

The holidays are rapidly approaching...only 20 days left till Christmas (for those of you who are counting) and along with spreading cheer, RSVP's to holiday parties, and what seems like never-ending Christmas shopping, there is barely any time left to find a fun holiday recipe to share with all of your loved ones. Luckily, I found a festive treat that is perfect for any sweet tooth craving ;) or holiday gathering you may be hosting/attending.

The holiday treat shown above that I am so excited to share with you is Candy Cane Cake Pops! These easy to eat treats have become a huge trend on the baking scene and I have to admit, I am totally guilty of trying each flavor from the pastry-case at Starbucks. (side note-the birthday cake-pop is my ultimate favorite!) 
Anyway, below is the recipe from Hostess With The Mostess for these celebration worthy sweets!
I promise they are just as simple to make as they are to enjoy!

{inspired by Bakerella‘s cake pops}

– 1 box white cake mix (baked as directed on box)
– 1 can vanilla frosting
– 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
– White Candy Melts – 2 bags
– Candy Canes, crushed
– Red Candy Melts – 1 bag (optional, used only for design #2)
– Styrofoam – sheet or blocks
– 6″ white Lollipop Sticks
– Red Ribbon
– Hot Glue (or clear-drying tacky glue)
1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
2. Mix thoroughly with 1 can frosting. (I use the back of a large spoon, but it may be easier to use fingers to mix together. But, be warned, it will get messy. Also, you may not need the entire can of frosting, so start out by using almost the entire can and add more if you need to.)
3. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50)
4. Melt chocolate in the microwave per directions on package. (30 sec intervals, stirring in between.)
5. Dip the tip of your lollipop stick in a little of the melted candy coating and insert into the cake balls. (Insert a little less than halfway.)
6. Place them in the freezer for a little while to firm up.
7. Once firm, carefully insert the cake ball into the candy coating by holding the lollipop stick and rotating until covered. Once covered remove and softly tap and rotate until the excess chocolate falls off. Don’t tap too hard or the cake ball will fall off, too.
8. While still wet, roll cake pops in crushed candy canes (for design #1)*
9. Place in a styrofoam block to dry.
* For Design #2, (the “smooth” design) let dipped cake pops dry, then add a few red Candy Melt stripes on top. Using a zip-loc bag with a tiny piece of one corner snipped off, drizzle the melted red candy back and forth across the top of each cake pop.

OR if you are like me & are a visual learner ;) click here for picture step-by-step directions!

Will you try this recipe? What is your favorite holiday treat? 
Please share with us!

Bon appétit & Happy Holidays!

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