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Saturday
Dec312011

Brownie cake pops

I made cake pops, with brownies!

Chocolate brownie cake pops

Here is the essential recipe by Bakerella. I used brownies with cream cheese instead of cake with icing mixed in. The general steps are:

  1. Bake a double batch of your favourite brownies.
  2. Totally destroy the brownies by crumbling them with a fork. Very stress relieving.
  3. Gradually add cream cheese to the crumbs and mix. Add just enough to be able to form firm balls. You seem to only need 1/2 a brick of cream cheese per batch of brownies.
  4. Roll the mix into balls, place on a cookie sheet or tray, and refrigerate so the balls are firm. 
  5. In the meantime, assemble lollipop sticks, and decorations.
  6. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. 
  7. Take the balls out of the fridge. Dip the tips of the lollipop sticks into the chocolate and put one in each ball. Let each harden for a minute. 
  8. Dip each lollipop into the melted chocolate. Use a spoon to help cover the whole pop.
  9. Stand each lollipop in a block of styrofoam and let dry. Decorate with deliciousness!
  10. Keep the brownie pops cool or refridgerated; if they get too warm, they tend to become mushy. Though maybe I used too much cream cheese.

Baker beware: obtaining true round lollipops is difficult. By the time I was done, I marred about 30% of them. Yikes!

If you want to have a true round lollipop, see Gwen's Kitchen Creations: Cake Pops Tips and Tricks.

  • She's right that balancing them in cups or cardboard doesn't work: several balls broke & fell off the sticks, or the chocolate oozed to one side, or they tipped into each other.
  • Don't use too much chocolate or it will ooze down the handle.
  • A Pyrex measuring cup in a saucepan of water worked great. Though I need to learn how to temper chocolate...

From the photos, you can see that this time I just gave up and left the lollipops flat on a cookiesheet. They have odd bell shapes, but at least they didn't drive me insane and were easy to display on a plate.

I used dark chocolate chips, and candy melts. The candy melts are holy cow too sweet for me, but I had trouble getting a thin shell.

For decorations I tried crushed M&Ms, gummies, chopped crystallized ginger, cinnamon sugar, other candy or sprinkles.  I also made a small batch with chocolate-almond Pocky stick handles instead of lollipop sticks. Super!

Experiment: cake pops with Pocky

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