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Holiday cake pops

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The holidays are a time to indulge and celebrate with friends, family and loved ones. It is also a time to sample all the delectable baking delights - espcially cake pops. These are easy to prepare, look fabulous and are diet friendly since they are portion controlled. You just have to make sure to restrain yourself to one! Here is an easy cake pop recipe that will be testing your guests’ self control.

Ingredients:
Store bought cake mix in any flavour. Chocolate is always a hit.
Can of prepared frosting such as Duncan Heinz or Betty Crocker
Candy melts in one or more colours
Sprinkles, sanding sugar or other decorations
Lollipop sticks – either short or long length is good

Directions:

1. Prepare the cake mix according to directions and let cool.
2. When cold, crumble the cake into a large bowl, or crumble it right in the cake pan.
3. Mix in the frosting a little at a time until the mix is a consistency that sticks together when rolled into a ball.
4. Put the mix in the fridge for 30 min to make it easier to roll the cake balls.
5. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
6. Scoop out the mix with a melon baller or a 1 ¼” scoop making balls of cake. Place the balls on the baking sheet.
7. Put the baking sheet in the fridge once all the mix has been used.
8. While the balls are cooling, melt the candy melts. Once the desired consistency is reached, take the baking sheet from the fridge.
9. Dip the lollipop sticks into the melted candy melts and put half to three quarters of the way into the cake balls.
10. Put the cakes pops in the freezer for 30 min to make working with easier. You do not have to do this step if pressed for time.
11. When ready, dip the cake pops in the candy melts and top with sprinkles, sanding sugar or whatever topping you like.
12. Stand the cake pops in Styrofoam in order for the candy melts to harden.
13. Repeat with all cake pops being as creative as you like!

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