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.
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.
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.
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.
Take a small piece of cake and roll it roughly into a ball.
Pinch it into a conical shape, just like a regular Hershey’s Kiss candy.
Put the cake kisses into a container. Press down slightly to flatten the bottom so it’s nice and even.
Cover them and refrigerate them for 2 hours so they shapes really set.
When they’re ready, melt some chocolate. I tried a new product today:
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.
Then, insert the stick into the center of the flat bottom of the cake pop kiss.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tie a little ribbon around the stick if you want and give a small bouquet of them to someone you love.