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Spreading the Love one Treat at a Time

We all know that Valentine’s Day is coming up and the festivity involves people you love. If you are thinking of giving your loved ones a little something for Valentine’s Day, a great present might be to bake them goodies.  I’ve seen many wonderful treat ideas floating around, but only one that caught my eye–cake pops! Cake pops are delicious, cute, and simple to make. I like the fact that when you make your cake pops, you can customize them anyway you would like. Now let’s get into the tutorial…

 

Ingredients you will need:

 

1 box of cake mix 

(any flavor you desire)

Eggs (the number will depend upon what your cake mix requires)

1 cup of milk or water (according to your cake mix requirements)

1/3 cup of butter or oil (see your cake mix requirements)

A cake pop pan

Cooking spray

Hardening Chocolate (I used Candiquik Chocolate Coating.)

Sprinkles

Tooth picks or purchased cake-pop sticks

 

First, heat your oven to 350 degrees. While you are waiting for the oven to heat up, it is time to start the cake-making process.

 

Put your cake mix into a bowl. Add the eggs, milk (or water), and the butter (or oil) into the cake mix and stir. Make sure the cake mix and the ingredients are mixed well.

 

After you’ve prepared the cake batter, you should start preparing your pan for the batter.

 

I advise you use cooking spray so you won’t have to deal with cake sticking to your pan. Spray an even coat of cooking spray onto the pan, or alternatively use oil by  putting some oil on a napkin and applying a thin coat onto the pan.

 

Once you are finished oiling, you can pour your cake batter into the pan, but make sure that you don’t overfill it  because the cake will inflate as it cooks.

 

Place the pan with the cake batter in the oven and set the timer to about fifteen minutes.

 

Once the fifteen minutes are up, take the pan from the oven and poke one of the small cakes with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cakes are fully cooked.

Let the cakes cool for a few minutes and then you are ready to decorate!

 

Once the small cakes have cooled down, it is time to heat up your chocolate. Take chunks of chocolate and place them in a microwave-safe bowl.  Place the bowl in the microwave and heat it for 15 seconds then mix. Keep heating the chocolate in 15-second intervals to prevent the chocolate from chunking (or forming lumps.) After the chocolate has fully melted, it is time to dip the little cake balls in it.

 

Right after you have dipped the balls, apply sprinkles.  This helps the sprinkles adhere to the chocolate.  Have fun exploring the endless ways of creating your own cake pops, and enjoy spreading the love by giving cake pops to your loved ones.

 

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