So… I’m not completely against an occasional treat. I limit myself because, well, I have very little sense when no one’s looking.
I mean, I’m sayin’. I’m workin’ on it, but who regularly sticks their head in the lion’s mouth without expecting to be bitten every now and again?
For Mothers’ Day 2010, I rushed out and bought a vase, some red stones, lots of red ribbon and red and pink food coloring. My daughter picked out a bunch of silk flowers (my mother, who loves plants, hates floral arrangements because “They die. I’own need dyin’ stuff around me.”) and together, we made an awesome little floral arrangement.
Hidden inside, were three “cake pops,” made of red velvet cupcake and homemade cream cheese frosting.
Do they take a while? Yep. But when I tell you they were worth every single bite, were filling, and made everyone happy? Believe me.
So… my Mothers’ Day gift to you… is my red velvet cake pop recipe. Enjoy!
1 cup organic flour
1 cup sugar
1tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 & 1/2tsp vinegar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1oz red food coloring
(if you’re cake ballin’, you’ll need some fondant/gum paste… you’ll have to follow the instructions on your package to determine how much you’ll need)
For the cream cheese frosting:
1 8oz pkg of cream cheese
1/3 cup of butter
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pre-heat your oven on 350 degrees. Pull out all of your cream cheese frosting ingredients, and let them sit and warm up a bit. (I put them in a bowl on top of the oven to help melt a little more.)
Spray your cupcake pan with a little non-stick spray or oil.
Blend all of your wet ingredients in one bowl, except for your food coloring.
In a separate bowl, blend your dry ingredients.
Combine both bowls and your food coloring, blending out any lumps or air bubbles.
Pour in your cupcake mix, filling each one only about half way.
Shove it in the oven. Give it about 20 minutes before you check on ‘em – you should be able to stick a toothpick in the center of your cupcake and have no cupcake stick to it when you pull it out.
If you’re only making cupcakes, then you’re done. Those of you out there who are cake ballin’, we’ve got a long way to go.
Pull your cupcakes out of the oven, drop them out of the pan, and let them sit until they’re cool to the touch. You might even put them in the fridge for a while. You’ll be reusing this cupcake pan, so be sure to clean it out.
Take 6 of your cupcakes, and break them into crumbs. (The horror!)
At this time, mix up your cream cheese frosting. Take about a third of your frosting, and dump it into about half of your crumbs. Blend them up together until you have a really thick, but still somewhat smooth mix. Slowly add more crumbs to the mix. You want it to be malleable enough to stick together, but you don’t want it to be all cream cheese, either.
Take your lollipop sticks and your cupcake pan, and get them ready next to your crumb and cream cheese bowl.
Start ballin’! Grab yourself a handful of the mixture, and roll it into a doughy ball with your hands. Stick ‘em on top of your lollipop stick. Hopefully, yours will look a little better than this:
Sit it, stick-side-up, in the cupcake pan.
(This is a lot of work, ain’t it? Sheesh…)
After you make the ones you want, go ahead and sit them in the freezer.
Grab the rest of your cream cheese frosting, and drop a little food coloring in there. Mix in about two tablespoons of gum paste in your frosting, and give it about 10 minutes to sit. The paste will thicken the frosting to the point where it won’t be as runny.
Get your pops out of the freezer, and one by one, start coating ‘em up.
Repeat until your stuff looks like this:
Then, you can get creative with ‘em and use your wrapping, your ribbon, your whatever-you-want.
So… after all that work, you get a very rich, very yummy recipe that will possibly fill your belly and remind you why you shouldn’t eat sweets so often. All that sugar? I mean, of course you’re not going to eat the entire batch (or are you? Ha!) but baking is something you do out of love… not boredom. Love wouldn’t compel me to bake with this much effort that often! Ha! And aside from the fact that there IS a lot of sugar in the entire recipe, there’s a lot of real food – not chemicals – in it, as well. You will be full after one pop. Don’t be compelled to overindulge… or you will feel it later. I promise.
I love baking, but there are maybe four times a year when I do major baking – Homecoming, Mothers’ Day, my daughter’s birthday and the winter holiday season. My mother, who I’ve been putting through the nutritional ringer as of late, has deserved every hour of hard work I put into these and enjoyed every bite. I hope you enjoy, as well.
Many thanks to The Kitchn for the tip! And their pictures are WAY better than mine!