Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tuxedo Cake Pops



In preparation for the Oscars on Sunday, I had to get my cake pops red carpet ready! So I dressed them up with some snazzy tuxedos. I think they are looking mighty handsome, if I do say so myself!


I am also in love with these stripy straws. They are a touch of elegance and sophistication to the pops, which is just perfect for the Oscars. Make these cake pops for your Oscar night watch party. I bet they will win the awards for cutest dessert!


Tuxedo Cake Pops

Chocolate Cake 
11⁄2 cups all-purpose flour 
1cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
1 teaspoon baking powder 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk 

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1  cup sugar
2  eggs


To make the cake, preheat the cake to 350 and spray a 9x13 glass baking dish with nonstick spray; set aside. Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl; set aside. In a measuring cup, mix together the buttermilk and vanilla extract; set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well between each addition. Reduce mixer speed to low and add half of the dry ingredients, followed by the buttermilk and vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl; then add the remaining dry ingredients, beating until well incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 30–35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool. 


Chocolate Frosting 
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 
1 cup confectioner’s sugar 
1cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
3 tablespoons whole milk 

To make the frosting, mix the butter, confectioner’s sugar, and cocoa powder in a bowl; add the milk one tablespoon at a time until the frosting reaches a smooth, creamy consistency. 
Note: You can use store-bought chocolate frosting instead of making frosting from scratch. 


Assembly 
16 ounces white candy melts 
8 ounces chopped dark chocolate
50 6-inch lollipop sticks 

Break the cake into a large bowl. Using your fingers, crumble up the cake until no large chunks remain. 
Stir the chocolate frosting into the bowl of cake crumbs, 1 or 2 tablespoons at a time, until the consistency is thick and the mixture can be rolled into balls easily. If it is too dry or too moist, you will not be able to roll the mixture into balls, which is why it’s important to add the frosting slowly. 
Form the cake mixture into 1 1⁄2–2 inch balls with your hands. I often weigh the cake balls so they are uniform in size; they should weigh 0.6 to 0.7 ounces. Place balls onto baking sheets. Chill in the refrigerator for about an hour. 
Put the white candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl. Melt in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring vigorously with a spoon between intervals. It should take two or three 30-second intervals for the candy melts to melt completely. 
Remove the cake balls from the refrigerator. Working one at a time, dip the tip of the lollipop stick in the melted white candy melts; then insert it into the cake ball until it’s about halfway through. Holding the stick, dip the cake ball into the white melted candy, rotating to coat evenly. Tap the lollipop stick gently against the side of the bowl to remove any excess candy melt, then place cake pop onto parchment paper to dry, so the lollipop stick is upright. Repeat until all cake pops are complete. 
Melt the chopped dark chocolate in the microwave.  Dip just the bottom of each cake pop in the melted dark chocolate, holding the pop in a diagonal direction and dipping it into the coating until half covered.  Remove and dip the other side in the opposite diagonal direction to form  black V-shaped jacket. Place the pop, ball side down, back onto waxed paper.  Use a toothpick to dot three small chocolate buttons into the V to create the effect of buttons on the tuxedo shirt.  Finally, cut  pieces of chocolate into triangles to use as bow tie. Adhere to cake pop with a small amount of melted chocolate. Makes about 50 cake pops. 

7 comments:

  1. oooh this so wel made xxx tanja

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  2. So creative and so clever - just perfect treats for the oscars!
    Mary x

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  3. Hey Bella! I featured these tuxedo cake pops on my little blog, but mistakenly credited them to somebody else who featured them on their site. It was brought to my attention and I've rightly accredited them to you. Great work :)

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  4. Could you please, please share where you purchased the straws...I've searched and can't find this exact pattern with the thick and thin stripe.

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  5. Kate, thanks so much for the feature!!

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  6. The straws were purchased at Paper Presentation in New York City!

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  7. Hi there -- Just stopped by to let you know we featured your cake pops on our blog! Such a cute idea! http://bit.ly/SaveOscars

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