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Pop Goes Your Birthday

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Makes:about 80 cake pops
Freezing:excellent

These delicious pops are perfect for birthdays. The kids will love these one bite treats and with our White Cake video technique they’re super easy to make too.

Ingredients

Cake

1 cup 250mL butter, softened
1 ¾ cups 425mL granulated sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp 10mL vanilla extract
3 1/3 cups 825mL Robin Hood® Best for Cake & Pastry Flour
1 tbsp 15mL baking powder
¼ tsp 1mL salt
1½ cups 375mL milk
80 lollipop/cake pop sticks

Icing

½ cup 125 mL Crisco® All Vegetable Shortening
4 cups 1 L icing sugar, divided
¼ cup 50 mL milk
1 tsp 5 mL vanilla extract

Chocolate Coating

1 lb 500 g white, milk or semi-sweet chocolate, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a 9” x 13” (3 L) baking dish.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla.
  4. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Alternate adding flour mixture and milk.  Add one third of the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Beat until combined.  Add half the milk and another third of the flour mixture, beating after each addition. Add remaining milk and end with the flour mixture. Beat until combined.
  5. Tip

    Have the kids sift the flour.  Place a strainer over a bowl and help them measure the flour into the strainer. Give them a spoon to gently stir the flour through the strainer. Ask them if they see a difference. Once the flour goes through the strainer it is very light and fluffy.

  6. Spoon batter into prepared pan.  Lightly tap pan on the counter to remove any air bubbles.
  7. Bake in preheated oven 35-40 minutes until lightly golden or a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  8. Cool cake in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Run a knife around the inside of the pan to loosen the cake and invert pan onto rack to remove. Turn cake top side up and continue cooling on wire rack.
  9. Icing: Beat shortening, 2 cups (500 mL) icing sugar, milk and vanilla for 5 minutes in a large bowl of an electric mixer. Add remaining icing sugar, 1 cup (250mL) at a time, beating for 1 minute after addition.
  10. Assembly:  When cake is cold, place in a large bowl. With clean fingers, a pastry blender or fork, crumble the cake into small crumbs. Stir in icing and continue blending the cake and icing together. The icing will make the cake crumbs stick together.
  11. Tip

    Who would not like to take their clean hands and crumble up cake? Have them also blend in the icing and they can see how it makes the crumbs stick together.

  12. Place a tbsp. (15 mL) of cake mixture into the palm of your hand and roll into balls. Dip sticks into melted chocolate and place in each cake ball. Place on parchment lined baking sheet.  Place in freezer for about 15 minutes.  This will hold them on the sticks for easy dipping.
  13. Tip

    You can set up an assembly line. Have one of your helpers roll the balls, another one can dip the sticks into chocolate and place in the balls.

  14. Dip cake balls into melted chocolate. Place back in freezer to set. Store in airtight container in refrigerator or freezer.
  15. Tip

    Make sure you put the melted chocolate in a tall narrow container. It makes it much easier to dip the cake balls into it.

    Tip

    While they are in the freezer have everyone set up a decorating station so they can use their imagination to create their own cake balls.

Tips

  • If you do not want to make so many cake pops freeze half the cake and half the icing for future use.
  • To melt chocolate, bring 1 ” (2.5 cm-5 cm) of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Place chocolate in a heat proof bowl over boiling water. Ensure bottom of bowl does not touch the water. Remove saucepan from heat. Let stand 3-5 minutes and stir.

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