Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas season! Now onto 2013. I have a feeling it's going to be a great year. If it's anything like 2012 then I know it'll be one of the best years of my life. In 2012, we had our 1st baby and bought our 1st house - 2 of the most memorable times in my life. I also turned 25, drove cross country twice, and lived in Florida and Kentucky.
I still can't believe that we have a baby boy that is already 3 months! He is already growing so much! He's over 14 pounds and is eating great. He now he eats about ever 3-3.5 hours and goes to bed around 8pm. He hasn't quite slept throughout the night, but just yesterday he went his first night without a middle of the night feeding! He woke up a few times but went right back to bed after getting his pacifier. We're getting closer and closer for him to sleep all the way into the morning! I can't wait for that night :).
One thing I realize more and more each day is that being a mom is hard. Really hard. You have to make all of these decisions that impact your child's life. If you decide to do one thing one day it could change the whole course of everything you have done and will do. It's a lot of pressure. BUT, I try not to think about that and just take everything day by day. Otherwise, I'll go crazy! Another hard thing is trying to balance life. Not only am I am mom, but I'm a wife, a daughter, and a sister. I also have a job and blog. I find it hard to just get 1 thing done. But again, I try to take things one at a time. I'm not super mom. Although man that would be nice!
One thing that will maybe make me a little bit closer to being super mom is continue to bake like I do when Ezekiel gets older. He's going to love all my baked goods and desserts! And I have a feeling one of his favorites will be cake pops. Everyone loves cake pops, especially kids. Kids love eating anything off of a stick.
Cake pops are one of my favorite desserts to make and this recipe was one of the funnest I've done yet. It's Funfetti Cake mixed with my basic buttercream to create a colorful and festive cake pop.
These are a great dessert to start out the new year! Enjoy!
For a little extra something, here is a picture of our family on Christmas --
Funfetti Cake Pops
Makes: About 40 Cake Lollipops
1 Recipe, Funfetti Cupcakes (Baked straight into a greased cupcake pan*)
1 Recipe, Basic Buttercream
40 Lollipop Sticks
1½ lbs. White Candy Coating
*I bake the cake in cupcake form because it easier to count how many cake lollipops the cake batter will make (1 cupcake makes about 2-3 cake lollipops). The cake also bakes faster when it’s smaller in cupcake form instead of a larger cake.
Place a few of the cupcakes in a food processor. Pulse until the cupcakes are broken down into small crumbles. Pour the crumbs into a large bowl. Continue pulsing the remaining cupcakes until there is none left.
Once all the crumbs are in the large bowl, add the buttercream, starting with ½ cup. Stir the buttercream into the cake crumbs until the crumbs have “soaked” up all the frosting and the mixture can hold together. If the mixture doesn’t hold together, add more cream cheese frosting. Be sure not to add too much frosting - You don’t want the mixture to be too wet, it just needs to be moist enough that you are able to make a ball and it sticks together. If you do have any frosting left over, you can place it in a sealed container in the refrigerator and use it later.
To make the cake balls, roll small round balls, a little smaller than the size of a golf ball, out of the cake and frosting mixture. Place the cake balls on a baking sheet. Once you have finished creating all the cake balls, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator to firm up the cake balls (no longer than 15 minutes).
While the cake balls are in the refrigerator, melt the candy coating. Place the candy coating in a heatproof bowl and set it over a pot of simmering water. Stir the candy coating until they have completely melted and are smooth. Remove the bowl from the pot and place it on the counter.
Now you are ready to create your cake lollipops. Remove the cake balls from the refrigerator and place it next to your bowl of melted candy coating. Also place the lollipop sticks and wax paper next to the candy coating; lying out the wax paper on a flat surface. I think it’s easiest to create an assembly line on the counter – lollipop sticks, cake balls, melted candy coating, wax paper.
To make the cake lollipops, stick the end of a lollipop stick into the melted candy coating (abut ¼ inch up). Place the stick into the top of the cake ball. Dunk the cake lollipops into the candy coating until the cake ball is fully covered in the candy coating. Carefully tap the excess candy coating off of the cake lollipop. Place the cake lollipop onto the wax paper (with the cake ball right onto the wax paper, and the cake lollipop sticking up). Sprinkle the rainbow sprinkles over the top of the cake pop. Continue with the remaining cake balls, and allow them to harden completely before removing from the wax paper.
Enjoy! These last up to 7 days in a sealed container.
Cake lollipop idea from Bakerella. Method from my own experience.