Early on, my girl friend knew she wanted to have a Gender Reveal Party to announce to close friends and family the sex of their baby. I am Team Pink all the way. For the party, I offered to make cake pops for 30 guests. Who doesn’t love cake pops? They are cute and work double duty as decor and dessert/party favors.
What you will need:
1 box of cake mix
1 can of frosting
Wilton’s Sprinkles White Nonpareils
Wilton’s Candy Melts
40 6-inch lollipop sticks
I used Funfetti cake box mix which isn’t the healthiest, but cake box mixes work well for cake pops. If you want to make the cake from scratch, feel free to do so. You can also make cake pops in segments so you don’t have to clear your schedule for the day to make these. First, bake the cake according to the instructions on the box (or make one from scratch). I accidentally left out the oil when I made the cake but I didn’t notice a difference in taste.
Let the cake cool completely on a cooling rack. I ran errands for a couple hours while it cooled.
Crumble the cake in a large mixing bowl. If you have areas that were burnt or hard, leave out those chunks.
Next, grab your favorite frosting (I used chocolate although if you are using a light colored candy coating, use light colored frosting so that the chocolate doesn’t peep through!) and mix half of the frosting with the crumbled cake.
Mix with your hands until it forms into a dough. If it is still crumbly, add more frosting, but don’t add too much or else it will be hard to work with.
Use parchment paper to line a baking pan or a dish. This pan will be used to freeze/refrigerate your rolled balls until you are ready to dip in chocolate. You can use a spoon or a mini ice-cream scooper to help divide the dough into even sections. I used my hands to pinch off a piece a size of a meatball and rolled it in between the palm of my hands. Place rolled balls onto the lined pan or dish. Make sure the balls don’t touch. I used two pans to hold about 40 balls. If you are going to dip them in chocolate soon, place the pans in the freezer so they can quickly harden up. I waited til the next day so I placed them in the fridge.
To dip the cake balls in chocolate, use a microwavable container. I used a 6-8oz mug and filled it up 3/4 of the way with Wilton’s Candy Melts. Microwave according to the package. Grab a lollipop stick, dip 1/2 inch of the stick into the melted chocolate, then put the stick about 3/4 of the way into the cake ball.
Now dip the stick with the cake ball into the mug making sure the entire ball is coated and rotate the ball and tap the stick against the mug to remove excess coating. Try not to tap too hard or the cake pop may fall off and add sprinkles. I used Wilton’s Sprinkles White Nonpareils by pouring some into another mug and sprinkling two pinches onto the cake pop.
Continue with the rest of the pops. I had on hand a Cake Pop Kit so I reused the cake pop stand from that kit. If you don’t have a cake pop stand, you can use a mixing bowl filled 2/3 of the way with rice. The rice will hold your cake pops while they harden. After they harden, you can either wrap them in individual plastic wrappers which are great for party favors, or leave them as is and create a display for a party.
At the end of the Gender Reveal Party, my friend revealed that they are having a boy. I’m bummed it’s not a girl, but I’m still excited for them!