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Are you ready for some football?   We have been fortunate, the last several years, to spend Superbowl night with friends watching “the game/commercials” on their Winnebago sized TV.  Even the pink-tutu wearing hedgehog cheerleaders on Puppy Bowl were the size of Smart Cars- too cute!

As is customary with any Superbowl party, we had food – lots of food.  We stuffed ourselves on jambalaya, chili, macaroni and cheese, and layered nachos.  In addition to all this, what gathering would be complete without dessert?  Karen and I took it upon ourselves to make sure we contributed to these extra needed calories.

Karen made these cute cupcakes decked out in the appropriate Superbowl colors with little chocolate covered almond footballs.

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I decided to try my hand at making cake pops.  I’ve never made them.  My game plan was to “simply” whip together some cake pops decorated like Baltimore Raven and San Francisco 49er helmets, like these from One Fine Cookie

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As I started to run out of time I thought, “ok let’s just put some lines on them and make little cake pop footballs”, like these-

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Hah! While cake pops are not hard to make, I definitely underestimated my timing. So instead of being festive, I went with the minimalist look.  Still very yummy!

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If you’ve never made cake pops, it’s not hard, it just takes time.  Obviously, more than I had.  So if you are going to make these, plan appropriately.

Cake Pop Recipe

You’ll need the following ingredients:

one box cake mix (i used both a chocolate and a vanilla cake mix)

16 oz container of ready made frosting (i used chocolate, strawberry and vanilla)

2 lb candy coating ( i used two 12oz bags each of Wilson chocolate and vanilla Candy Melts bought at Michaels)

-lollipop sticks (can be bought at Michael’s)

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The kit was not needed,  but, it got me started with the basics of having the sticks you see above, a cardboard stand for the cake pops (you could also use a sturdy piece of styrofoam), packaging materials to make them presentable as gifts, and an instruction book. Of course, you can easily find cake pop instructions on the internet.

1. Bake the cake as directed on the box, using a 9 x 13 pan. Let cool completely.

2. Once the cake has cooled, using a large bowl, crumble the cake until there are no large pieces of cake left.

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3. Mix 3/4’s of the can of frosting into the cake crumbs using the back of large spoon until thoroughly mixed.  Do not use the whole can as the mixture will be too moist.  The mixture should be moist enough to roll into 1 1/2 in balls and hold their shape.

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4. Roll all the cake balls by hand and place on a wax paper lined baking sheet.  Once done, cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge for several hours or the freezer for about 15 minutes.  Cake balls should be firm but not frozen.

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5. Once the cake balls have had time to chill, you can prep the candy coating.  Using a deep microwaveable bowl, melt the candy coating per instructions on the package. My book recommended using a plastic bowl instead of glass as it doesn’t get as hot.

6. Once the cake balls have had time to chill, take a few out to work with. I found when the balls got too warm they were more apt to fall off the stick when rolled in the candy coating.

7.  One at a time, dip the tip of the stick into the candy coating approximately 1/2 inch, then insert the stick into a cake ball no more than 1/2 way through. This helps cement the cake to the stick.

8. Now dip the cake ball into the candy coating until it is completely covered, making sure it covers the base of the stick, and remove it in one motion.  The temperature of the cake balls and candy coating affected how well this step went.  It took a few tries before I was able to get the coating to be smooth and not gloppy.

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9. Repeat with remaining cake balls and let dry completely.  This is where a holder of some kind comes in handy.  As I mentioned my kit came with a cardboard holder but it only had 12 holes.  I fortunately had a thick piece of styrofoam that I used to hold more cake pops while they dried.

10. Decorate as you wish or enjoy them plain.

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So, if you were wondering about the title of this post you got football and cake pops.  The football photo at the top is the 1921 Quakertown High School football team.  And how do I know this, well, my grandfather “Poppop” is in the last row, third from the right.  The guy in the middle of the second row is holding the football with the year 1921.

poppop football team

We have used this photo in some of the items sold in the shop.  Here it is in a black, rustic wood and burlap frame that sold in December.

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And here it is in a burgundy fabric with golden yellow trim frame found while treasure hunting.  It is available for sale locally $180. Total dimensions are 29×24.

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From our Pillow post last week, we received a couple of pillow orders.  Here is a custom pillow in it’s new home in Old Lyme Ct.  How great does that look?

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Have a great next week.

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