For anyone worried about my health….aw, you’re too sweet! But don’t worry. I’m still not taxing myself. I made this entire cereal cake pops post before I got sick. I even have one more in the wings, so I won’t be taxing myself for at least another week.
My daughter came up with this one. We, fine, I was suckered into buying a pink cake pop at Starbucks (because, if you haven’t heard, they now carry cake pops). I make cake pops, so she’s familiar with the concept, but for some reason, she never got past just licking the Starbucks version. She didn’t actually consume any of it. But I did catch her licking the cake pop, then sticking Cheerios on it. I thought it looked pretty cool. Hence, cereal cake pops. At least this adds a few vitamins, yes?
you will need:*
*I used store-bought cake mix and frosting. Find lollipop sticks, candy melts and the Styrofoam block at the craft store. I found heavy cereals, like Kix, didn’t work. I used Cheerios, Rice Krispies and Froot Loops.
step one: make your cake pops
I won’t mess with the instructions from the cake pop master, but to sum: Bake a cake in a sheet pan, let it cool, and crumble the cake into a large bowl (I divide the cake in four, use only 1/4 of the cake and freeze the rest). Use a spoon and/or your hands to thoroughly mix in 1 1/3 cups of frosting (so I use only 1/3 cup of frosting for a quarter of the cake).
Roll the mixture into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter, place on a baking tray lined with wax paper, and freeze for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, move the tray to the fridge.
step two: coat your cake pops
Set up your cereal in bowls and set aside. Melt candy melts (I used purple) in the microwave or on top of a double boiler. In the microwave, heat in a bowl 1 1/2 minutes at 50 percent power, then at 30 second intervals, stirring frequently, until smooth and melted. You may add a teaspoon or two of Crisco to thin if necessary. Candy melts dry very quickly, so work with one cake pop at a time. Dip your lollipop stick tip in the melts, insert into a cake ball and dip into the candy melts to coat completely. Tap the stick gently to let as much drip off as possible, then hold the cake pop over the bowl of cereal, grab a handful of cereal and pour over the cake pop. I took more precision with the Froot Loops, but you have to work fast. Prop the cake pop in a Styrofoam block to dry.