I’m sure many of you have seen some of the recipes from my Crazy Cupcake Flavors from a Box series. The most popular recipe from that series is hands down my Cotton Candy cupcakes. I guess everybody loves cotton candy as much as my family does.
Now I’ve adapted the recipe to make cake pops! I mean really, who doesn’t love cake on a stick? Now that I think about it, who doesn’t love any food on a stick? I think that’s why state fairs are so successful.
It is so much easier to serve cake pops to preschoolers at a class party than cupcakes, and they tend to actually eat it since it’s such a small piece. These are also perfect for gift giving or bake sales. At the school Valentine’s Day parties, I had all my kids give cake pops to their teachers. I’m telling ya, I’ve become addicted to making cake pops.
Last week we had a spaghetti dinner at my daughter’s preschool. It’s a big fundraiser with a silent auction and bake sale. (We won baseball tickets behind the dugout and a giant Chick Fil A cow!) Part of my contribution to the bake sale was a batch of Cotton Candy Cake Pops, and they went fast!
For packaging, I purchase cellophane bags at Walmart. They come in packs of 20 in the cake decorating section for about $2. I package two cake pops per bag, and they come with silver twist ties for closures. They always look super cute.
- 1 box of white cake mix
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk
- 1 container of Betty Crocker Cotton Candy frosting
- 1 package of Duncan Hines Frosting Creations - cotton candy flavor
- 1 pkg of white candy melts
- paper straws for sticks for cake pops
- colored sanding sugar for embellishment
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Combine cake mix, eggs, and buttermilk. Mix for 2 minutes on medium.
- Pour into a greased 13 x 9 pan and cook for 25-30 minutes, until done.
- Let cool completely.
- Tear the cake up into a large bowl and add all of the cotton candy frosting. Mix thoroughly until it's all sticky.
- Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Wash your hands in as cold water as you can stand (do this periodically).
- Then roll 1 1/2-inch balls and place on cookie sheet.
- When the cookie sheet is full, transfer it to the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
- Remove cake balls from freezer, and prepare the candy melts per instructions on the bag.
- Place a large piece of wax paper on the counter near the cookie sheet.
- Prepare sanding sugars into small bowls so they can be applied quickly.
- When candy melts are completely melted, stir in the package of cotton candy Frosting Creations until it's completely mixed.
- Place paper straws about 1/2 way into each cake ball.
- Dip cake balls straight down into the candy melt. Pull up and let some excess candy melt drip off.
- Then set the cake ball on the wax paper. Quickly sprinkle sanding sugar on it before the candy melt dries.
- Allow cake pops to dry before packaging.
If you’ve never made cake pops, they’re surprisingly easy. If you’d like to see a step by step process for making them, check out my Champagne cake pop recipe. It has pictures of the whole process.
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