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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Red Velvet Baby Shower Cake Pops

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I honestly don't know whether to recommend this article to those needing easy red velvet baby shower cake pops or easy hot pink cake pops. As you read the directions, just keep both in mind, ok? Oh, and let me mention right here that as cute as they look on the table in no way do they taste as good as homemade. My apologies to Duncan Hines cake mix but I'm just sayin'.


If you were here to see these amazing red velvet baby shower cake pops, you would have heard my (less than fantastic) rendition of "I Did It My Way". If Elvis heard me sing, he would probably come after me with his mama’s cast iron skillet but honestly these cake pops that were so EASY to make that it just made me want to sing!

You see I just took a box of Duncan Hines red velvet cake mix and added a few extra ingredients to make it taste better! Disclaimer: not as good as a homemade cake but easy and cute.


INSTRUCTIONS for RED VELVET BABY SHOWER CAKE POPS using a CAKE MIX


INGREDIENTS

1 BOX of Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix
Enough buttermilk to replace the water called for in the cake mix instructions
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
¼ cup cocoa
1 package of Jello Pudding Mix ( I used Jello White Cocolate Instant Pudding but regular chocolate or vanilla would work)
Eggs
Vegetable Oil

Follow the instructions on the cake mix box EXCEPT that you will add 1 package of Jello Pudding Mix, ¼ cup cocoa and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract AND substitute buttermilk for any water the recipe calls for. PLUS you will need to add a little more buttermilk if the batter is not the right consistency.

I also noted that I had to cook the cake about 10 minutes longer than the box indicated before the toothpick inserted in the center came out clean.

2ND STEP
Bright and early the next morning, I crumbled the cooled cake into my big mixing bowl and using my mixer I blended in ¾ of a can of cream cheese frosting (once again, not as good as homemade but I just didn’t have time to do the shopping).

3.
Roll this mixture into whatever size balls you want your pops to be. Some say that they like small, quarter size balls so that they can be eaten in one bite and other bakers prefer large ones. My red velvet baby shower cake pops were bite size or around the size of Tootsie Roll pops. As I rolled them out I lined them up on a cookie sheet and then popped them in the fridge to chill for a few hours. They get firm faster in the if you are in a big hurry but take care that you don‘t forget them and let them freeze solid!

4.
When you see they are firm, melt a small amount of whatever kind of chocolate in the microwave per directions on the package.

5. Take the cake balls out of the fridge, insert a sucker stick in each ball and roll the balls in chocolate and stand up on wax paper until firm. If you making cake balls rather than pops, you can use a spoon to dip them in the chocolate and then tap off the extra.

TIPS:
Tip 1. I used white chocolate because the baby shower’s color scheme was pink, green and white. The white chocolate looks really pretty against the red of the cake.


Tip 2. The cream cheese frosting lightens the red color of the cake so if you want dark red velvet cake pops you might have to add a little more red food coloring.

Tip 3. These cake balls are excellent choices for a Valentine’s Day baby shower or a Christmas baby shower or any time food choices are needed that will complement red baby shower decorations but since mine turned out to be hot pink (after I added white chocoloate pudding mix and buttermilk) they looked great with the pink and green color scheme of a girl baby shower that I gave recently.


I was in a pinch for time on the day before the shower and needed a recipe that I could whip up fast so that I could let it cool overnight. I just happened to have a box of Duncan Hines red velvet cake mix on hand and it just made sense to make the red velvet baby shower cake pops using this method.

Would I say that the improved cake mix tasted as good or better than a homemade red velvet cake. I'll say it again... NO! There’s no way that a cake mix can taste completely homemade but while the cake didn’t exactly taste like my wonderful, southern grandmother’s old-fashioned homemade Red Velvet cake; it was still darn good.