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I feel kinda bad. This was my first time making cake pops and I totally cheated.
But come on! I didn’t want to spend time baking a cake and then destroying it to make cake pops. I would’ve just served the whole cake as it was and skipped the cake pops altogether. Because I’m a lazy robot.
So I figured a delicious way around that. And that way is… snack cakes! Who doesn’t love snack cakes? And who doesn’t love easy cake pops?
Here’s all you need: a box of snack cakes and a bag of candy melts. Ta da! I feel like a cake pop sham. Everyone I served these to just went wild over the flavors. Obviously I didn’t tell them they were just eating crumbled Twinkies. I already told you I feel bad!
I tried four different flavors: Hostess Twinkies (yields 23 cake pops), Hostess CupCakes (yields 21), Little Debbie Fancy Cakes (yields 18), and Little Debbie Strawberry Shortcake Rolls (yields 16). The Fancy Cakes cake pops were so delicious but there’s not enough frosting in the cakes. They end up being very dry and crumbly, and the lollipop stick won’t stay in the cake pop without breaking it all apart. The Strawberry Shortcake Rolls had the opposite problem: too much frosting! (How can there be such a thing, I know.) Those cake pops ended up being too wet and would slide off the lollipop sticks. The Twinkies and Chocolate Cupcakes worked out perfectly. Laziness pays off sometimes.
I think these cake pops would be so fun to make with kids. Let them mash and roll the snack cakes into balls, dip into the candy melts and (this is the more important bit) sprinkle with sprinkles!
Easy, tasty, and super fun. What more could you ask for? Besides a whole cake, that is.
Hostess & Little Debbie Snacks Cake Pops
1 box snack cakes (unwrapped, obviously)
1 bag candy melts
3-4 tsp vegetable oil
1. In a large bowl, crumble and mash the snack cakes. Using either a cookie scoop or just your hand, roll and shape into balls. Place the balls on a cookie sheet and freeze for one hour.
2. Melt the candy melts in a large measuring cup in the microwave. Dip the ends of the lollipops into the candy melts before sticking in the frozen cake pops. Return the cake pops (now with lollipop sticks) to the freezer for another 15 minutes.
3. Re-melt the candy melts and stir in the vegetable oil (use more to reach your desired consistency if necessary). Roll the cake pops into the candy melts until covered. Tap against the lollipop stick lightly to drip off the excess coating. Place upright into the Styrofoam blocks to set. Lightly drop sprinkles on wet coating.