OK so by now you should know that Duff from Charm City Cakes has partnered with Gartner Studios and has his own line of AH-MAZING cake decorating products. This stuff SERIOUSLY rocks. There are cake mixes, fondant, buttercream icing, cake wires (those squirrley things Duff is famous for adorning his cakes with), cake graffiti (read: spray paint for your cake), decorator frosting with tips, cake tattoos, utensils, OMG and so much more!
Gartner Studios was kind enough to send me a box full of Duff products to review. I got enough swag to write several posts and reviews about the products. This is installment #2 where I make cake pops with my 3 favorite little boys!
This Duff-Approved Cake Pop Kit has everything in it that you could possibly need to make cake pops. It includes cake mix, frosting, lollipop sticks, melting chocolate for dipping, and confetti sprinkles. The only thing it’s missing is Duff himself. I LOVE that it comes with everything because buying everything separately becomes pretty expensive. This kit retails for $19.99 which is a fantastic deal given you don’t have to buy a darn thing besides egg and oil to make it work.
I’ve made cake pops before but wanted Styles and his friends to have the opportunity to get in the kitchen and wear their awesome Duff chef hats so I called them in to help. They were super excited to help and these were not only kid friendly, but fun!
So here goes nothing!
Step 1: Gather some cuties to join you in the kitchen.
Step 2: Follow package instructions for cake. (You will bake the cake and then wait for it to cool before moving to step 3.)
Step 3: Crumble the cake into a large bowl. I’ve heard of people using their food processors to do this step but it’s just one more thing to clean. I’ve done both methods (hand crumbling and using the processor) and they both seem to work just fine.
Step 4: Squeeze 1/2 pouch of Duff Cake Icing into the crumbs and stir until crumbs begin to stick together.
Step 5: Form the cake & icing mixture into 1-1/2″ balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or waxed paper.
Step 6: Once all balls are rolled, place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Step 7: Melt some chocolate. Dip the cake pop sticks into the chocolate and then insert into the flattened side of the cake ball. Put finished “cake pops” into the refrigerator for no more than 30 minutes. You don’t want your cake balls to freeze because it will cause the chocolate to crack when you get to the dipping.
Step 8: Melt chocolate according to package instructions. Generally for 1 minute, stir, then in 15 second increments, stirring between intervals. Even Madilyn got in on the dipping action!
Step 9: When chocolate is just melted, dip your cake pops into the chocolate. Lightly tap the stick on the side of a dish to remove excess chocolate.
Step 10: Immediately sprinkle coated cake pop with sprinkles so that they adhere to the wet chocolate and use a piece of Styrofoam covered in plastic wrap (to preserve the Styrofoam) to stand the pops up to dry. As you can see from the pictures abov, we rolled our cake pops in sprinkles but didn’t have enough sprinkles for each and every pop.
Step 11: Eat and enjoy!
note to self (and you): If your children do this the entire time they are rolling cake pops, allow them to eat the cake pops while you stay far, far away.
We had a great time making these cake pops and I highly recommend picking this kit up for some rainy-day fun.
Disclaimer: Gartner Studios sent me products to review but my opinions were not influenced in anyway by the company. As always, all opinions and experiences are my very own.