Fall reminds me of… Candy Apples!
October 29, 2009
The leaves are changing.. the smell of apple cider is filling the air and hot drinks are the beverage of choice. So of course I had to make candy apples. Oh it is one of my favorite sweets truth be told. There is something delicious about caramel dripping all over your hands while the nut topping is falling onto the floor. My iteam is celebrating an engagement and a birthday! But shhh.. it’s a secret! Here is my treat that I brought to iteams.
What else would I want to make other than Candy Apples!!?
Don’t these look delicious?
But wait… aren’t they a little small to be apples? Maybe they are candy apple bites…
No…they must be cake pops!! I promised a cake pop entry and here it is. I really wanted a “fallish” cake pop. I love cake pops since they are so fun to decorate. The ideas are endless really.
So here is what I did…
Yields: around 40 some cake pops.
- A vanilla based cake. White cake is good too but I chose buttery yellow cake and all the ingredients needed for that
- Cream cheese frosting
- Kebab skewers (I preferred these skewers instead of candy sticks to make them look more like apples)
- Cinnamon and if I had it, I would have used nutmeg too
- 2-3 apples
- 2 bags of caramel candy melts
- Any toppings you want to add. I use nut topping to make it more candy apple-esq.
- First preheat the oven to 350.
- Make the cake as directed on the box.
- Peel the apples and chop them into small pieces.
- Next add the apples and cinnamon. I just added cinnamon to my liking. I sprinkled it unt il the top layer was nearly covered!!
- After the cake has finally cooled, crumble it in a large bowl into a fine consistency.
- Add nearly a full container of the frosting.
- Mix well. I use my hands mak ing a squishing motion. =)
- Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and roll the cake into small 1-1 1/2 inch balls and place on the cookie sheet.
- Place in the freezer for around 30 minutes. I like to keep them in their for a long time so they are niiiice and firm!
- Take a breather here. If you are a college student like me, go study while they harden up!
- I really like a double boiler method for melting. Of course my double boiler is rather…simple. Just a pan of water with a metal pan on top. Add the caramels and 4 tbs. of water
- Make sure you are constantly stirring these caramels.
- Pour the nut topping out into a bowl.
- Grab another cookie sheet and place new wax paper on it and spray with cooking spray.
- Take the cake pops out of the freezer and stick a wooden skewer down into the center of them.
- Dip them into the caramel and tap them on the edge of the bowl to let some of the caramel drip off.
- Quickly dip it into the bowl of nuts. I tapped the nuts onto the cake pops to make the stick on the sides.
- Place back onto the wax paper and let sit.
There you have it! Instead of candy apples… its apple flavored cake pops!
Whew.. looking back that looks like a lot of directions. It’s not really. Just a really detailed version since I’ve never done just a cake pop entry. Maybe a simple cake pop entry will be next!
p.s Sorry for such bad quality in pictures! It’ll be better next time.