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No Bake Cake Pops Using OREOS

Long time Mommy Ramblings’ readers, probably remember that my first sponsored review and giveaway was for, My Little Cupcake Cake Pop Mold.  At that time, there was only one style available, the little cupcake.

Well, it has been some time since that first review, and as Mommy Ramblings has grown so has My Little Cupcake.  They now feature other cake pop molds. and I recently had the opportunity to review their set of 4 different shaped cake pop molds available in their variety set.

Now, you may recall when I did my original review, I did not use the no-bake Oreo recipe. but instead used two 9 inch layers of red velvet cake that was freshly baked and crumbled and my own cream cheese frosting.

This time I decided to go with the Oreo recipe that comes with the molds.  It was so easy to prepare.  You just take 1 package of Oreos (3 Sleeves if you buy the family pack) and crush them in your food processor.

 

Then, add an 8 ounce package of cream cheese and process until it is all combined and makes a sort of dough. Chill the dough for 20-30 minutes.  One of the things I noticed was, if the dough is not chilled enough or becomes warm while waiting to be molded, it is harder to work with and will not mold as well.  You may want to work with half at a time, and keep the other half chilling.

Once you get the knack of how much dough you need to make a complete mold, you will easily mold the dough into the variety of shapes.  It is a bit of a messy process, because you need to overfill the molds a little, and the excess will be squeezed out.  Be prepared for your hands to get very messy!

 

When you have finished molding all the dough, you chill or freeze them for another 20-30 minutes.  I found it best to take only a few out at a time and keep the others in the fridge until you are ready. This prevents them from getting warm before you dip them. I found the best results came from the pops that were the coldest, because they are more solid and easier to work with.   So for best results the colder the better because they are more solid and easier to work with.

You need to melt chocolate for the coating. You can use a variety of dipping chocolate, I have found the Almond Bark or the Candi Quick give me the best results. Some of the wafer varieties do not melt thin enough and Crisco is recommended to thin it. I don’t like using Crisco, so that is why I opt for Almond Bark or Candi Quick.

You  need to have your pop sticks handy and a block of styrofoam to hold the pops as they dry.  First dip the stick top in some chocolate, and then stick it in one of the molded tops.  You can place the pop in the styrofoam while you do a few others, and then you can start to dip the first one.

Now, you can get as creative as you want with the dipping.  For instance, with the cupcake style if you want a two-tone color, you need to dip the bottom first and then place it on the stick. Then, when the bottom is dry, you can dip the top in another color.

Another option, is to dip the entire cupcake in the color you want on the bottom, let dry and then, dip the top in a different color. You can also quickly add sprinkles or other decors before the chocolate dries.  I will repeat the key tip is to keep the pops as cold as possible until you are ready to work with them.

You can go crazy with these pops, transforming them into people, animals and more! The Variety Assortment gives you the ability to create many different kinds of cake and cookie pops.  The molds are so easy to clean. I  throw mine right in the dishwasher, and it could not be easier.

The heart mold is one of my favorites because it makes a nice plump pop and there are a lot of ways you can embellish it to look like different things.  I still like the cupcake and think it is pretty easy to get a great two-tone result using it.  The cone is a nice unique shape that can be used for christmas trees, candy corn, hats, and lots of other things.  The ball is good if you want perfectly shaped cake balls or truffles.

In conclusion, I found it much easier working with the Oreo mixture and it was much faster, letting me get to the fun part faster.  Beyond that, the Oreos and cream cheese have a great flavor and moist texture inside the pop.

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My Little Cupcake Pop Mold Review.

Well, I just got done making about 40 cake pops.  The “My Little Cupcake Company” sent me a mold and one to giveaway to a reader of my blog.  They sent everything out so fast and gave me a nice history of the company and business cards and brochure. The mold was invented by a mother of 3.  I love mom-invented products.   The mold itself is very sturdy and easy to use.  It has a hinge on the bottom which is very handy and makes the mold really easy to operate even with sticky hands.  The company will be coming out with at least three more designs in the near future.  If you can’t wait to see if you win the giveaway, you can visit their website at http://www.mylittlecupcakepop.com/ You can purchase the mold direct from there or they are available as well on Amazon.com.

The first step is to take your cooled baked cake and put it into a large bowl and break it up into small pieces.

Then I added my cream cheese frosting and mixed it all together.

Then take the mixture and scoop it out with a cookie scoop and put the balls in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

You will have about 40 balls.  Then take your “My Little Cupcake Pop Mold”

Open the mold and put one of the balls in.

Close the mold and let the excess squeeze out.  Then wipe off the excess and put it into a bowl to re-mold later.

Open the mold and you should have a nicely formed little cupcake.

Repeat with the rest of the cake balls and then put the formed cake balls in the freezer again for at least 30 minutes.

Melt your chocolate, then dip the bottoms of the cake balls into the melted chocolate.

After you dip it in the chocolate, put a pop stick in it and let it dry upside down.  When dry, melt the white chocolate and dip the top in white chocolate and sprinkle with decor of your choice.

Stick the pops into Styrofoam and keep going.

Okay so that is it.   Now for my review.  This was not a lot of work until the end.  The dipping of chocolate is messy and tedious.  There are also some casualties where the ball falls off the stick.  I think that is why some people just make cake balls and not pops.  The mold itself worked well.  It is just a lot of work and for me I do not know that I would do this again.  I mean the end result was okay but nothing that spectacular that I would have to make these again.  Maybe it is me.  Maybe I am not that creative or this just is not my thing.   I do not feel the need to rush and make another batch.  Like I said, someone else may have a knack for it, and I do appreciate that the mold was designed by a mom.  As I said in a previous post she does recommend using a pack of Oreo cookies and a brick of cream cheese.  Maybe that mixture holds better and definitely is less work than making your own cake and frosting.  Maybe sometime soon I will give that a try, who knows?  It depends how fast I forget.   I am giving away one brand new mold.  If you want it and you will give this a try then you need to subscribe to my blog and like my Facebook blog fan page.  In the next day or so I will post a post about the giveaway and it will have the instructions for the contest.   I think I am going to spend a bit of time with my treadmill now.  Have a great Saturday night!!!

I will leave you some pics of the little guys eating them.  Luke had a problem with it falling off the stick but he solved that by just stuffing the whole thing in his mouth.  : )

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2 New Product Reviews and Give-Aways Coming Up!!!

I am so excited.  I have two product reviews and give-aways coming up and many more to follow.  I will let you know that the first is a “My Little Cupcake POP Mold.”  It is super cute and I will be doing a full review and making the cake pops hopefully today or tomorrow.  I will also update with the specifics of the contest later but I will tell you, you need to subscribe to my blog and like my Facebook fan page to be elgible for this and all future give-aways.  I have a lot of great stuff coming up as well, so stay tuned.

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Cake Balls Anyone?

I was looking at some baking videos on YouTube and I found a very long one of an older woman making “cake balls.”  I was unsure of what they were exactly and the video was a bit comical though not intended to be.  When I first saw the slight haphazard demonstration, I was taken aback.  Why would anyone want to do that?  With the urging of a good friend to look a little deeper, I did.   Okay, so I found better pictures and videos of  “cake balls” or “cake pops” and I think I am going to have to make them just for spite.  : )  In case you have not yet heard of this confection, it is simply a baked cake of any flavor broken up into crumbs and then mixed with frosting.  You then form the moist sweet mixture into balls and freeze them.  Then you dip the frozen balls into chocolate and decorate as you wish.  Below, you will find some very cute examples of cake balls.  I do not think my first attempt will be comparable to anything like this but a girl can dream.

Anyway, some of them are downright cute and look very yummy.  I do like the idea of making them and wrapping them individually as a centerpiece for a birthday party that the guests can take with them.   Some are done two-tone or with added sprinkles and candies or to look like iced cupcakes on sticks.  There is a large variety and from perusing one of my cake decorating groups, apparently very popular.  I guess, I am a little out of the loop as far as cake balls go.  So, in a way I feel like I am in a Dr. Seuss book and after saying how I would not, could not, eat those cake balls, I am going to make and try them after all.  So don’t hate on the cake balls just yet.  You might like them, you will see, try them and you may you see.  Still learning lessons from the good Dr. Seuss.

 

 

 

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