Sunday, January 15, 2012

Margarita Cake Pops

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I am not really sure, but I do know that the cake came first, next came the cupcake, now the cakepop!
I am sure many of you may have seen or heard of cakepops. They are like crack for people with a sweet tooth! No clean up involved when partaking in one of these fun and tasty treats. They can truly take on any shape or form as well, which is always a fun thing! 
In the pictures and recipe below you can see my trial in making margarita cake pops for a bridal shower!  This is a first for me, so I hope it's a success.

*First and foremost I cannot explain enough how important it is, especially when baking, to read a recipe all the way through before you start.  This may seem like common sense to most, but I guess it was an extremely valuable lesson I learned in culinary school.  Also to help keep you organized measure everything out first and if you need to mix the dry first, do so.  If you need to zest limes, do so.  So with all that being said, here goes!

Rubber Spatula
2 9" Pans
Measuring Spoons
Measuring Cups
Lollipop Sticks
Candy Melts

Ingredients for cake:

3 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temp
2 cups sugar

4 eggs, at room temp

1 cup buttermilk

5 limes, zested and juiced
1/4 cup tequila

Mix together dry ingredients in a separate bowl. 
Cream butter and sugar. 

Add eggs one at a time until well incorporated.
Add dry mix and buttermilk, alternating portions.
Mix until incorporating, without over mixing.
Add in lime zest, juice and tequila.
Mix well and then pour into two greased baking pans.

Bake at 350 F for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick is inserted in the center and comes out almost clean.
Let cool and then crumble into mixer, mix until fine crumble.

Ingredients for Icing mixture:
1 1/2 Cups vanilla icing from a tub(I know this may be an extreme shocker, but we only use a very small amount)
2T Tequila
1/4 cup Lime Juice

Add these ingredients to the crumbled cake mix.  
Mix until all are incorporated evenly.
Make sure this mixture is able to hold together when formed into a ball.  Depending on the cake itself, more or less of the vanilla icing may be necessary, so just keep an eye on it.

How to assemble the pops:
Form into balls and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
Melt your candy coating.
Remove balls from fridge.
Dip a lollipop stick in the candy coating and insert into ball.
Place finished balls back in the fridge for another 5-10 minutes.
Remove from fridge and you will probably have to reheat the candy coating or melt some more to cover all the balls.
Coat each ball with an even coating and let dry.
I use styrofoam to stand them up in while drying.
Then decorate each one to your liking.

This recipe will actually make close to 80-1oz pops.(I, however only made 40) You can make them as big or small as you like...Have fun popping!!!

1 tequila, 2 tequila...

lime zest
whisk the dry together
whip butter and sugar
You can crumble by hand, but it's so much easier in a mixer
Make sure you put these in the fridge after this step

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  1. Hi Nikkie

    I am going to make these for a baby shower I am having out here in AZ. I'll let you know how they turn out.

    Kelley's sister

    1. Hey Tracey! So glad you are trying them, please let me know how they turn out!