Inspired by my nieces and their everlasting love for all things cotton candy, I thought a Cotton Candy Cake Pops were a great alternative to the sugary greatness that is cotton candy! When I make these I use my favorite go- to white cake recipe and vanilla frosting. I am fully aware that most cake pop recipes call for a box cake mix and canned frosting. I tend to steer clear of using both of them (I guess it’s the snooty baker in me ) but for ease, I’ll share with you how to make these using both of these, instead of my recipes.
Note: If you don’t want to go over your baking budget by spending money on the cotton candy extract, Duncan Hines came out with Frosting Flavor Creations, one being cotton candy! They’re small packets of flavoring that cost next to nothing and work just as good, if not BETTER, then the cotton candy extract. Just use one packet for the cake mix and one packet for the frosting (of course they didn’t come of with this product until after I made my first batch).
Cotton Candy Cake Pops
1 box white cake mix
3 tsp. cotton candy extract
1 can vanilla frosting
2 bags blue candy melts
Sprinkles of your choice
A foam block (found at your local craft store)
In a large bowl make cake as accoding to the directions on the box. Add in 2 teaspoons of the cotton candy extract and combine. Bake in a 13×9 pan. Let cool.
Once cool, cut the cake once vertically down the middle, then once horizontally down the middle. In large bowl, take 2 of the pieces and rub them together, allowing the cake to crumble until no large chunks remain. Repeat with the other 2 pieces.
Mix in 1 teaspoon of the cotton candy extract to the frosting and combine. Add 1 cup of the frosting to the cake mixture and mix with back of a spoon until well combined.
Form mixture into cake balls, how big or small you want them is up to you
Chill in refrigerator at least 2 hours.
In microwave-safe bowl, melt the candy melts for 30 seconds; stir to distribute heat evenly. Continue microwaving for 15 second intervals until the candies are warmed and thin. Dip one end of stick into icing and insert into chilled pop; let set. Wait until icing is firm before dipping the pop completely into melted frosting; gently shake off excess. Either shake sprinles directly onto the cake pop, or pour the sprinkles into a bowl and dip the top of the cake pop into them. Insert stick into foam block and allow to harden.
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