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As I mentioned last Friday, we are hosting Superbowl again this year. In an attempt to be the ‘hostess with the mostest’, I experimented making cake pops! They are THE baking fad of the moment (move aside red velvet cupcakes) and besides being yummy, they are really cute to look at.  After reading through several blogs of failed cake pop making attempts, I knew it was going to be a tough project.

I found a great recipe via Pinterest. I made a few changes but overall it was a lot of fun putting together.

Ingredients/Tools Needed:

– 1 box of chocolate cake mix
– other ingredients needed to bake the cake (usually eggs and oil)
– cake pan
– 1 can of chocolate frosting
– 1 bag of chocolate candy melts 
– microwave-safe container for melting chocolate
– shortening/ Crisco
– 4″ paper lollipop sticks
– a big styrofoam block
– candy writer decorating pens

Step 1: Bake the cake according to instructions on the box and let cool completely.

Step 2: Crumble up the cake into a large mixing bowl. Get your hands in there and crumble up as small as possible!

Step 3: Mix 3/4 of the chocolate icing into the mixing bowl with the crumbled cake pieces. I used a plastic flat spatula to combine.

Step 4: Line a baking sheet with parchment/wax paper. Take some of the cake/icing and roll into a 1″ ball. Taper edges to make it a football shape. (it took me awhile to get the right shape- don’t give up! Also, if you feel like your cake isn’t holding together, add a bit more icing)

I experimented making regular cake pops too- hence the round shapes!

Step 5: Put the footballs in the fridge to chill. I left them for over 30 minutes to make sure they were well formed.

Step 6: Melt 1 cup of the chocolate candy melts in the microwave for 30-45 seconds. Tip from the original post: Be careful not to over-microwave it because it will get dried out.
DON’T add water if this happens. Use the shortening. It will thin the candy out and also help when you start dipping.

Step 7: Dip the end of a lollipop stick about a 1/2″into the melted chocolate candy. Then stick it into the football. There should be a little buildup of the chocolate at the base of the football- this will help keep it in place during step 8. Let sit for at least 10 minutes to make sure it is completely dry.

Step 8: This was definitely the toughest part! Dip the footballs into the melted chocolate candy to coat them. I used a combination of dipping and pouring the chocolate over the footballs. Gently tap the stick on the edge of your container to remove the excess coating. Poke the sticks into a styrofoam block to dry.

Step 9: Once they are completely dry, draw on the white football markings.

If you are going to tackle (ahem… pun) this recipe, be patient and know you will lose many footballs to the melted chocolate mix 🙂 Happy Superbowl!