I love making fun sweet treats with my kids, but I never have time to bake. (and I have no idea HOW to bake.. that is probably the bigger issue) When it comes to food projects with the kids, I take advantage of shortcuts to help us get to the “fun” part as quickly as possible. (Buying pre-assembled gingerbread houses, already baked cookies for decorating or to use for making ice cream sandwiches… you get the idea)
My kids love Starbucks cake pops. Who can blame them? I wanted to try to make them at home, but the whole no baking thing quickly came into play. So I came up with a super easy shortcut to make 5-minute cake pops. That’s it. Start to finish in just 5 minutes. The secret? Doughnut holes. Boom.
You will need:
- Doughnut Holes
- Chocolate Chips
- Coconut Oil
- Straws or Lollipop Sticks
First, melt your chocolate. I like to use a small drinking glass, since that makes dipping the cake pop much easier. I put chocolate chips in the microwave for about 30 seconds-1 minute until the chips are melted. Then I add a half a teaspoon or so of coconut oil to make it shiny, smooth and super easy to work with.
I like using straws for my cake pops since I think they look so pretty. Cut your straws in half and dip one end in the chocolate. Then stick it in the doughnut hole and let it set in the fridge for a few minutes. If you don’t do this your doughnut hole will fall off the straw while you are trying to coat it with chocolate. Which is fine if you want cake balls, but we’re going for cake pops here.
I use an empty egg crate to hold up my cake pops while they are setting. Just poke a small hole with a knife into the egg crate and you have a perfect tray for your cake pops to set in. Once they set, just start dunking them in chocolate! I dunk them all the
way in, take them out, and swirl them in a circle for a minutes while
the excess drips off.
Then I have the kids decorate them while I am still holding them, or after I set them into the egg crate. Pop them in the fridge and you are DONE.
|Chillin’ in my fridge. In an egg crate.|
The chocolate should set in less than an hour. These are SO good and I get tons of compliments every time I serve them. (These are amazing made with Dunkin Donuts red velvet munchkins!)
I made these Valentine’s themed, but you can make your cake pops to fit any theme you would like. Use colored chocolate, different colored straws, sprinkles… anything you would normally come up with for a cake pop. There you go, 5-minute cake pops.
If you are looking for another quick and easy treat that could work for Valentine’s Day, be sure to check out my chocolate covered red velvet Oreos! What are your favorite baking shortcuts? I am always looking for new ones!