Boyfriend and I live in a special, magical place where the houses are a rainbow of colors and there are lots of young couples with dogs. Having a dog, especially a cutie cute cute puppy, really helps to break the ice with new people. And friends in the neighborhood make excellent dog sitters (thanks, Rachel and Ashley!).
We have made so many new friends, even just in the last 3 months, that we decided to have a party. But not your tired old dinner party – an after-dinner party, where we served dessert and delicious drinks. A spectacular opportunity to make a beautiful cake pop display.
Boyfriend suggested that I make something sweet, something salty and something chocolate for the party. Once I figured out that the commonality between these flavors would be cake pops, the rest flowed like melted butter.
I made three (THREE!) different kinds of cake pops: strawberry cheesecake, Oreo and salted caramel spice, which was my own creation (recipe below – can’t believe I couldn’t find a salted caramel cake pop recipe, but mine turned out pretty freaking fantastic).
Rachel brought over some cake pops, too!
Anywho, after everyone oooh’ed and ahhhh’ed over the pops, we mingled and played Battle of the Sexes, during which the boys complained that the questions they had to answer were way more difficult than the ones us girls had to answer, and also where I surprised Boyfriend by knowing what Sex Wax was (it’s for surfboards, you pervs).
Salted Caramel Spice Cake Pops
Makes 48 cake pops
1 box spice cake mix (cooked as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
1 16-oz can cream cheese frosting, or caramel frosting if you want to make it
Chocolate candy melts (1 lb. pkg.)
Caramel ice cream topping
Coarse sea salt
- After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl
- Mix in can of frosting (remember: one box of cake mix to each can of frosting. If you don’t want, or your fridge can’t handle, 48 cake pops, cut down on both the cake and the frosting)
- Roll mixture into quarter size balls and place on wax paper-covered cookie sheet
- Melt a handful of candy melts in the microwave per directions on package
- Dip the tip of your lollipop stick in a little of the melted candy coating and insert into the cake balls, about halfway through
- Place in fridge or freezer to chill, about 15-20 minutes
- Once firm, remelt your chocolate coating and dip each pop, rotating until covered. Holding the pop with one hand, softly tap your wrist with your free hand to remove excess coating
- Drizzle with caramel topping and sprinkle with salt
- Place in a Styrofoam block to dry (I put mine in the fridge to keep everything firm)