Sometimes, posts come really late.
Like days late. Kind of like this post. It was supposed to happen on Friday. But I have finals this week. And a 10+ page paper due today. And a ton of other little assignments to get done before the end of the semester. So writing this post completely slipped my mind. Until after I got home from classes on Friday. But our internet was out! And it didn't come back on until Saturday morning. We have the worst internet ever. It's so bad. And so unreliable. Ugh.
But Saturday seems like a good time to write it, right? Wrong.
On Friday night, I slept over at my brother's apartment and we were up at 5 am [!! it was still dark out, ugh] eating breakfast, packing up his car, picking up food, getting gas, picking up a few other assistants and heading to Philadelphia. Why? We participated in a worldwide event called Help-Portrait. My brother was the host for Philly Help-Portrait and I tagged along to help him run the event. I had such a great time and got to work with some really awesome people. But I also got to meet a lot of amazing people and hear their stories [there were people in tears after seeing their photo] and give them a reason to smile! It was a long and tiring day, but it was so incredible and I definitely will not be forgetting it soon.
You can learn more about Help-Portrait and their mission HERE.
So that's where I am right now. Writing this post. I figured I'd just push it off to Monday. Let's talk about these Red Velvet Cake Pops because I got so many compliments on them! I took some to school and shared them with fellow students and professors, but most of them I ate at home with my family and friends. They were quite loved. And very, very good.
These are so easy too. I used a boxed cake mix and a canned frosting [yikes!] because I was short on time, but feel free to use homemade substitutes. Either way, I guarantee that they'll be phenomenal. Cake and frosting wrapped in chocolate and dotted with sprinkles? So much I love - so much to love! How many times can I use the word "love" before it starts to lose its meaning? Hopefully a lot because I use that word a lot. I love too much stuff. And I really love these cake pops! Hah. I'll stop now.
In all seriousness though, please make these! You'll thank me later.
Red Velvet Cake Pops
Prep Time: 1 hour Total Time: 3-4 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes Yield: 45-55 cake pops
1 box (13" x 9" size) red velvet cake mix
1-1/2 cups prepared cream cheese frosting
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2-4 teaspoons canola oil
Assorted sprinkles (I used coarse red sugar)
Prepare and bake cake mix. Cool completely. When cooled, crumble the entire cake into a large mixing bowl. Add cream cheese frosting and stir until smooth and combined. Refrigerate for one hour.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll the mixture into 1-2" balls and place on prepared baking sheet. Insert a lollipop or popsicle stick into each ball and refrigerate for another hour.
Meanwhile, in a microwave, melt chocolate in 30-second increments. Add oil and stir until smooth. Dip each cake pop into the chocolate, place on baking sheet and add sprinkles. Repeat with remaining cake pops. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Store in refrigerate for up to one week.
I have my first two finals today. I think I'll need a cake pop....