Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pumpkin Cake Pops

Did you think I was done with pumpkin for the week?


Nope!

I made some extra pumpkin whoopie pies and decided to crumble them up and turn them into these super cute cake pops. I have made red-velvet cake balls before, but never pops. With Bakerella's new book coming out, I couldn't stop thinking about them!


People at work were thrilled, most didn't know what cake pops were, but everyone loved them! At my work we tend to use food as bribery to get people to come to our meetings. They'll be back for sure now!


Pumpkin Cake Pops

Baked Pumpkin Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting
Lollipop sticks
Brown (chocolate) melting wafers
Orange melting wafers
Green melting wafers
Styrofoam block
1 Ziploc Bag

Line a baking sheet/cutting board with wax paper and set aside. Crumble the baked and cooled pumpkin cake in a large bowl. Add in cream cheese frosting and mix until incorporated. Form quarter size balls and place on lined baking sheet, repeat with remaining cake/frosting mixture. Melt a small amount of the brown or chocolate melting wafers as according to package (I use a glass measuring cup in the microwave on high, stirring every 30 seconds till smooth). Dip a lollipop stick into melted chocolate then stick into cake ball, only going halfway into the cake ball. Repeat with remaining cake balls and place in freezer for 10 minutes.

Once cake balls have chilled, melt orange wafers. Dip cake pops into orange coating, leaving a small amount of the chocolate stick (the pumpkin stump) showing. Gently tap the pop on the side of the dish while rotating the pop to remove any excess candy coating. Turn upside down and place into Styrofoam block. Repeat with remaining cake pops. Once candy coating has cooled and solidified remove from Styrofoam block and place back on lined baking sheet. Melt a small amount of green melting wafers and pour into Ziploc bag (or piping bag). Cut a small hole at the tip and pipe pumpkin leaves around the edges of the Popsicle stick. Let leaves cool, solidify, and serve them up!

I actually used leftover chocolate bark instead of chocolate melting wafers. I also only bought vanilla melting wafers and used an oil dye kit to create the orange and green colors. The dye worked pretty well actually, I did have to use about half of the orange gel to get the right pumpkin color. Just to clarify as well, you cannot use regular food coloring in these melts, it has to be oil based. Also, if you are making more than one batch I recommend buying the orange wafer melts to maintain a consistent coloring.

For the Styrofoam block, I found it easier to poke the holes in the block in advance so I wasn't struggling with getting melted candy coating all over the place. That of course didn't happen to me! To pour the green candy coating into a Ziploc, place bag inside of a small cup. Turn the top of the bag over the edges of the cup and pour the melted candy inside. Gather edges and twist to create a small cone of melted candy. I also use this method for filling frosting bags!


I also made some plain chocolate dipped cake balls with Halloween sprinkles. Both the pumpkin and chocolate cake balls are perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or any time you are trying to lure people to your meetings at work!



And then there were four!


Happy Baking!

40 comments:

  1. These are so pretty! I wish I had the patience to make things like this.
    diane

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  2. Absolutely adorable! My kids would go nuts over them :o)

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  3. These are too cute! Maybe I should try making them to get a promotion at work. LOL.

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  4. Can you send one via email :P Mouth watering...(droool...)- Simply love it

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  5. So cute and tasty looking. I want to eat them all up. YUM! :) These would be perfect for Halloween!

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  6. This looks adorable and perfect for a fall party!

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  7. Love Love Love these! Great job!

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  8. So cute, I absolutely love them! What a great idea for a Halloween party.

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  9. debbie, these are awesome. thanks for finding me on foodbuzz. :)

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  10. Twice I have attempted cake balls and twice I have ended up with a huge mess that ended up in the trash. Over and over I see lovely examples of people who obviously follow directions much better than I do. I applaud your adorable treats.

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  11. Oh my goodness! I.must.try.these :) I've made cake balls before, but these are just darling. I love pumpkins & all things fall!!

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  12. these are adorable, and so creative!

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  13. they are absolutely adoreable! how Martha of you ;)

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  14. Wow...these look really cute and pretty. I need to go and get those lollipop sticks to try. Thanks very much for sharing.

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  15. Those are completely adorable, how creative! And it's built in portion control too!

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  16. These are so cute! I can't think of a better treat to make for Halloween - so festive.

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  17. So cute! They look yummy, too. I posted a link on my Edible Crafts column (ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com). Thanks for sharing these!

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  18. Fun! We may try this before Halloween! Great idea!

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  19. What a creative idea. They are so adorable. :)

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  20. Congratulations on these awesome cake pops, they look great! I know Bakerella would be so proud!

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  21. This is what brought me to your wonderful blog. These are great, I simply love them, and what a perfect little bite. Would you PLEASE link these up to my NEW party **6 weeks 2 Spook**, it's dedicated to all things halloween, and I would LOVE all the support, plus my readers would love this. I'm your newest follower, THANKS, Bella :)

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  22. These are so cute! I love the cake recipe, pumpkin is such a great ingredient in so many dishes. One of these days I'll have to try making Bakeralle's cake pops.

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  23. These sweet pumpkin cakes are the perfect Halloween treat:)

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  24. Oh my gosh, I love pumpkin ANYTHING! I'll have to try that recipe ASAP!

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  25. I love these! what a great idea!

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  26. Hello, I haven't had any chance to say thank you for being an online friend on Foodbuzz. Thank you :)

    A truly delightful treat to have !

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  27. How long do they last? Can I make them a few days in advance? Store at room temperature? Soo CUTE!!

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  28. @Anonymous: These pops will definitely last you a few days, I kept them in my fridge for almost a week and they still tasted great. Let me know how your's turn out!

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  29. Adorable - I love the styrofoam tip to keep that the bottom from being all drippy - they are beautiful and sound delicious!

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  30. Can't wait to try these! do they sell pumpkin cake mix? I can never find i :(

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  31. Too cute! Would love to make them for my kids teachers to give on Halloween. How many pops does a regular pumpkin cake box mix make?

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  32. I can't find pumpkin cake mix anywhere...i found a recipe online to use yellow cake mix, pumpkin pie spice, and canned pumpkin to make it...anyone have a tried and true suggestion? I am making the cake into cake pops...

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  33. I am making these for my kids classes on Monday and i am so excited

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  34. Hi Debbie! I featured your adorable pumpkin pops on my blog today -
    http://www.chickabug.com/blog/2012/11/cutest-thanksgiving-pops.html

    Thank you for the inspiration!
    Heather : )

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