Hello there! My name is Missy, and I share baking tutorials on my YouTube channel, Missy Schwabe, previously Mom in Timeout. I love to bake goodies, decorate and craft with my 5 kiddos. I am a home-based baker, who loves to make all kinds of unusual treats! Today, we are making Corn Cake Pops! They are a fun Thanksgiving treat for the kiddos to help decorate.
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Thanksgiving Cake Pops Tutorial
White or orange Candy Melts
Nerds (I picked out all of the orange, yellow, and purple).
M&M’s (I picked out all of the yellow, orange, red, and brown).
Cake pops sticks or straws
Icing of choice (any flavor)
Cake mix (any flavor)
Wax or parchment paper
Glass bowl (for melting your chocolate in)
Paintbrush meant for cooking projects only
Small container of water
First, bake the cake or cupcakes using a favorite homemade recipe or a box mix. Let them cool to the touch.
While waiting for them to cool, take a cookie sheet and line it with parchment or wax paper.
Once the cake has cooled, break it up into little pieces into a large bowl. It should be a crumb mixture like shown above.
Take a couple of spoonfuls of store-bought frosting and drop it into the bowl.
Go by feel and texture to know when it’s ready. If you can roll out a cake ball without it breaking up as you’re rolling it, then you’re good!
The cake ball will break open if it is too dry.
If this happens, add a little more frosting until the cake ball stays in a ball without breaking apart. Now place all of the cake balls onto the wax paper-lined cookie sheet.
At this point make sure that all of the cake balls are about the same size. Don’t worry about them being perfectly round, you are going to mold them later.
Place the cookie sheet in the fridge for about 15 minutes, or until they have hardened and are firm.
When firm, take them out of the fridge and try to mold them into the shape of corn you would find on a cob…similar to the image above.
I made the back of the corn cake pops flat so that I could lay them down to dry later. Once you have molded them into this shape, put them back into the fridge for another 15 minutes or so until they have hardened back up again.
When the cake pops are ready, melt your chocolate according to package instructions.
Dip the tips of the straws or sticks into the chocolate.
Take the dipped stick and insert it almost all the way into the cake pop being careful not to go all the way through. Lay them on the cookie sheet once again.
Pop the Thanksgiving cake pops back into the fridge and wait for the chocolate to harden. I know this part seems like a pain, but you will want your cake pops to be strong enough to hold all of the candy on them. It’ll be worth the wait!
Once ready, dip the cake pop sideways into the chocolate, and turn to cover all sides evenly. Lightly scrape the back of the cake pop on the edge of the bowl to remove excess.
I also stood it straight up and tapped it on the counter to get the chocolate to run to the bottom. This was a little messy, but you are not going to want too much build-up or your candy will slide right off.
Before the chocolate hardens, add the candies. Add the candy JUST on the front of the pop, and then lay flat to dry.
Roll out some green fondant and with a sharp utensil, draw vertical lines into the fondant about an inch apart.
Go back and cut the ends to look like sharp points.
Take all of the excess and put it to the side.
Cut a line down the center, and then take a piece of saran wrap and cover up the fondant pieces so that when you are working on a cake pop, the rest doesn’t harden on you!
Add a little bit of melted chocolate to the back of the cake pop and lay it on one of the green ‘husks’.
Pick it up and gently, press the husk around the cake pop, making sure to close up the sides and the underneath/around the base of the pop. Leave the top piece folded over towards the top of the pop.
Do the same to the other two sides, making sure to press the seams together in the back and around the front.
Use a paintbrush dipped in water to help the seams stick together and stay closed.
Take the paintbrush dipped in water, brush some of the water to the underneath of your husks. I only did this step if the husk was a little too long to stand on its own, but you can do this to all of them, as it looks great either way!
Stick the Corn Cake Pops in a jar for a beautiful display, or wrap them up to give as gifts! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and subscribe to my channel to keep up with my new inspired treats! Happy Fall!