My girlfriend Cecille was inspired to make cupcake pops for Father’s Day, even though it’s super girly! But we thought it would be cute and fun to try out this popular recipe she had found online. Instead of the typical cupcakes you normally see, we made miniature cupcakes on a stick and wrapped each one in plastic treat bags and tied them with ribbons. It makes for great presentation! However, it really isn’t as easy as it sounds…
Start by baking a cake from a box. Here we used red velvet cake. Once done, put it in the fridge to cool completely.
In a large bowl, crumble the cake into a fine consistency. Then, add a can of cream cheese frosting and combine it together until evenly distributed.
Next, using your hands, roll mixture into 1.25 - 1.5 inch balls. When complete, put formed balls into the fridge to chill (or freezer to speed up the process - 20 minutes).
Remove the chilled cake balls. Then roll into a more oval shape and using a flower-shaped cookie cutter, push it into the cake to form the bottom of the cupcake. Use your fingers to shape and mold until it starts forming into the shape of a cupcake.
Once shaped, return to the freezer to chill again for about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt your candy melts in the microwave, per instructions on the bag. Candy melts come in different colors, and we chose to use light blue and white.
To get to this stage, each cupcake bottom is dipped into the cake melt and a lollipop stick is inserted through the cake, as shown. The cake melt should dry completely within 15-20 minutes.
Next, dip the top of the cupcake into the other color. Use a toothpick to cover all the exposed areas.
With the top still wet, take an M&M candy and stick it in the center and add sprinkles on top. Then place the sticks upright (here we used a styrofoam ball) and let the top dry completely.
And finally, we covered each cupcake pop with plastic treat bags and tied each one with a colorful ribbon. It's ready to given away - even to Dad - and of course, to be bitten into!
This is a cute treat for any occasion, and will definitely “wow” your family and friends. But let me warn you guys – it is very time consuming and more difficult than it looks. Let’s just say we were supposed to have a batch of 30, but ended up destroying 8 of them during production! But in the end, we were proud of how it turned out, considering it was our first time. Great job, Cecille! Lookin’ forward to more baking with you in the future.