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Cake Pop Kisses

Make little cake pop kisses– modeled after the classic Hershey candy– for someone special. These kisses feature chocolate cake, chocolate frosting and a candy chocolate coating and are perfect for the chocolate lover in your life.

Cake Pop Kisses

Cake Pop Kisses

 

You can use any rich type of chocolate cake for this recipe. I used a Chocolate Pillsbury Devil’s Food cake mix and baked it according to directions.

Once the cake was done, I let it cool, then I crumbled it into a container.

Crumble the cake

Crumble the cake

Add about 1/2 canister of chocolate frosting. Mix it well; you can try it with a spoon, but really the best way to get that frosting and cake thoroughly mixed is with your hand.

Blend the cake crumbs and frosting

Blend the cake crumbs and frosting

 

Add more frosting if the mixture feels dry, but sparingly. You want it to get just wet enough to hold together when you squeeze it.

Cake should have a clay-like consistency

Cake should have a clay-like consistency

 

Take a small piece of cake and roll it roughly into a ball.

Cake ball

Cake ball

 

Pinch it into a conical shape, just like a regular Hershey’s Kiss candy.

Making the kiss

Making the kiss

 

tweak it

tweak it

 

Put the cake kisses into a container. Press down slightly to flatten the bottom so it’s nice and even.

Press down kiss

Press down kiss

 

Cover them and refrigerate them for 2 hours so they shapes really set.

Put them in the fridge

Put them in the fridge

 

When they’re ready, melt some chocolate. I tried a new product today:

Wilson's Candy Dips

Wilson’s Candy Dips

 

You can microwave this container on 50% power until the chocolate inside is melted. It’s very convenient, and the consistency worked well for cake pops.

First, dip the tip of a lollypop stick into the chocolate. This will act as the glue to hold the cake pop.

Dip the stick

Dip the stick

 

Then, insert the stick into the center of the flat bottom of the cake pop kiss.

Insert the stick

Insert the stick

 

Stand them up to dry. You can use Styrofoam, or some kind of sturdy cup (don’t use plastic; the weight of the cake pops make them fall over). I experiment with different things; this time I used my colander and it seemed to work well to hold them up.

Stand them up

Stand them up

 

Put them back into the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. You want the chocolate on the tip of the stick to solidify so it holds the cake pop. Once you take them out of the fridge, they’re ready for dipping.

Dip the kiss

Dip the kiss

 

Insert the cake pop straight down into the chocolate; don’t twist it. Don’t let it touch the bottom or sides. Any extra force can make the cake dislodge from the stick. You don’t want it to get weakened, so just dip straight down and pull it straight up.

dipped

dipped

 

Tap it gently to help excess chocolate to drip off the cake pop, then insert it back into your Styrofoam, or whatever holder you’re using, to allow the chocolate to set. Put them back into the fridge to  help them set. When you’re done, you’ll have a cute little cake pop kiss.

Chocolate cake pop kiss

Chocolate cake pop kiss

 

Tie a little ribbon around the stick if you want and give a small bouquet of them to someone you love.

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