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Vegan Cake Pops!
If you know me personally then you already know I am a nanny during the week, but I am sure you did not know that today one of the munchkins turns four. From what I have seen she really seems to like cake pops. I have a tradition to make all the kids some kind of treat for their birthday, and it is always vegan. I am not sure that they always know that. So I had decided to make vegan cake pops and could not find any recipes. This recipe is very open to changes, so feel free to make them and send a picture.
Normally I do not use a box cake because veganized box cakes just are not widely available. Also it is more fun to make a cake completely from scratch. But this time around I did buy a vanilla cake mix box because it did have a set of instructions on how to make it vegan. The brand is Miss Jones and I found it at sprouts. It does not appear to be vegan friendly at first but at the very bottom in small print is a vegan option. I used vanilla cake. Miss Jones also has a chocolate cake mix too if you are going to look for that brand. (You will need flax.)
If you do not want vanilla or chocolate and want to do something other than classic flavors you can feel free to do any flavor you like. Make the cake as you normally would. Let the cake cool completely.
Cake Pop Time
Now that the cake is cooled completely grab a large bowl and crumble it with your hands over the bowl. It does not need to be pretty or uniformly sized crumbles.
**Note** If you do not want to make a whole cake just to crumble it there are two alternative methods of making the cake pops. The first alternative is to use a cake pop maker. The second is to use a cake pop mold for baking spheres.
Next you will add frosting to the cake crumbles. If you noticed that your cake is more on the dry side you may need to use more frosting. My cake was particularly moist so I only added two tablespoons of frosting. If you are not sure, start with two tablespoons and at one more at a time until the cake seems to be sticking together. You do not want to add too much though because the cake pop will be too sweet. You can always taste it to get an idea how sweet it is.
Miss Jones also has vegan frosting if you do not have time or do not want to make your own frosting.
Now that you have mixed the frosting into the cake crumbles, you can assemble the cake pop spheres. Grab about a tablespoon amount and roll it between your hands. You may have to squeeze it a tiny bit to make it stick better. Once you have a nice ball place the stick into the cake ball. If you find it difficult to make a neat ball you can use a baller tool to make it pretty.
**Note** Highly recommended additional step. Melt a little chocolate or candy melts and put some on the end of your stick prior to placing in the cake pop. It will make it stick better.
Place all rolled cake pops with the sticks inserted into the freezer for thirty minutes to an hour. This ensures that the cake will not fall apart while you are covering them in the outside chocolate or candy layer.
Melt your chocolate or candy melts. You can do this in the microwave in 30 second intervals. Alternatively, you can do it on the stove top Bain Marie style. I tried both while making my cake pops and I found the stove top method kept the chocolate warm and melty longer making it easier to coat the cake pops.
Dip your frozen cake spheres into the melted chocolate and use a spoon to get it up on the sides and inverted bottom. You can tap it gently on the side of the bowl to shake off excess chocolate.
If you are adding sprinkles or candies as decoration add them immediately while the chocolate is still melted to ensure that they stick.
Cool your cake pops so the chocolate sets. Again I tried two ways. If you lay it down, it will have a flat side to it. I propped up a wire rack and cooled the cake pops in between the holes. (See picture.)
After the cake pops cooled down a bit I moved them to the refrigerator to set completely. And they are done!
Vegan Cake Pops
This can be such a messy recipe. It is certainly worth is though! You might find yourself thinking it will not turn out well the whole time, but they end up looking way better at the end. Stick it out to the end and it all will work out in the end.