My husband and I enjoy hosting Superbowl parties but this year we are trying to simplify our lifestyles, not take on too much and enjoy our weekends more. With that in mind, we reluctantly decided to avoid the stress of creative and cool Superbowl themed decor and not host a Superbowl party this year. Instead we will be visiting with our neighbors.
That said I couldn't avoid trying to make something festive for the occasion. There were so many things I wanted to try but with limited time I stuck to something I had a little experience with – at least kind of. My husband hates when I try completely new recipes for a special occasion because inevitably something goes wrong and we are scrambling for a back-up plan.
This year's Super Bowl feature is football cake-pops!
I've made cake balls before. I'd intended to make cake pops that time but the cake kept falling off the stick so I made cake balls instead. I thought I'd give cake pops another try. Of course, I had similar challenges but because I knew these were time consuming, I allowed a little more time to trial and error and I'd researched a few tips to help with this problem. Luckily, I ended up with enough presentable cake pops to take to the party.
Ingredients I used:
- Betty Crocker Chocolate cake mix
- Betty Crocker Chocolate frosting
- Light Cocoa Candy Melts
- White Decorating Gel
- Lollipop sticks (50 count)
- Wax or parchment paper
And some Patience!
These started just like the Cake Balls I made so I grabbed the pictures from that post for the first two steps.
- Prepare the cake per the directions of the recipe you are using.
- Let the cake cool and then crumble it into a bowl.
- Mix in the frosting – doesn't it already look yummy?
- Roll mixture into balls. I used a tablespoon scoop to help me try to keep the size consistent. I started by rolling a ball and then tried to mold it into a football shape. I think my looked a little more like eggs.. (Yielded approximately 50 balls.)
- Chill the balls in the refrigerator or freezer. I chose to chill mine overnight so I could be refreshed and have more patience but more importantly because I didn't have enough candy melts.
- While the balls are chilling, melt the candy melts in 30 second intervals. It's important you don't overheat the melts because then the mix becomes too thick to work with. If you have a warmer that may be easier to use to prevent the melts from cooling and hardening again. I had to keep putting mine back in the microwave to soften it.
- Dip the sticks in the the chocolate mix and insert in the cake ball to help the cake ball adhere to the stick. I would twirl my stick to prevent the chocolate from dripping down the stick. Then place the ball on wax paper to let the cake harden to the stick. I put the pops back in the fridge (the freezer seemed to make them crack when I dipped the balls in the next step because of the extreme change in temp so that is why I use the fridge) to help ensure they would stick to the stick during the dipping process.
- Once the cake balls were chilled (again), I would take about 5-10 at a time and dip them in the chocolate coating mix and then stick in them in a styrofoam circle. Because the cake pops were chilled the chocolate coating would harden quickly. Just be sure they cakes pops aren't touching when they are drying.
- Once the cake pops hardened, then I used a decorative gel pen to draw the cross-stitch. I was really disappointed in the Wilton gel pen I used because it never hardened. I had to make sure to draw a thin line otherwise, it would drip. There may be a trick to this that I'm not aware of so if you know the secret, please share in the comments and I'll add it to the post!
The hardest and most frustrating part for me was the creating the display. I out a styrofoam circle in a pot for plants. I wanted to use a moss as the turf, but I had a puncture through the moss and styrofoam and I was having a tough time doing this and not having the footballs fall over or touch each other. You can see the mistakes this created in some of the pictures but oh well – maybe next football season!
I ended up not having enough sticks so I rolled a few footballs into cake balls and wrote a few messages for Valentine's Day!