Cake pops have taken the world by storm in the past few years and lined the display racks of Starbucks. But now there is a new variation on the much-loved dessert that are tickling tastebuds everywhere -- the cakesicle.
Unlike the cake pop, which is a mound of cake dipped in frosting and placed on a stick, the cakesicle is basically the same idea. However, instead of a ball, the cake takes the form of a popsicle and is placed a wooden popsicle stick. Because cakesicle are supposed to replicate the appearance of a popsicle, a cakesicle has much more surface area than a cake pop, so it offers more deliciousness.
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Cakesicles can come in a variety of flavors and textures, and is a sweet concoction of cake mix and molded frosting. Although cakesicles are typically shaped like traditional popsicles, they can also be as simple or as elaborate as you want them to be, from chocolate-dipped to even animal shapes with sprinkles. These delectable cakes are also not only fun for birthday parties, but they can be prepared for any occasion. Here is a simple recipe that will level up your cake-making skills:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, vanilla, and eggs until creamy and smooth with an electric mixer or a whisk.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Then gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until smooth and creamy and no lumps are present.
4. Pour the batter into a greased cake pan and bake for 30-40 minutes.
5. As the batter is baking, prepare the buttercream frosting by mixing the butter, milk, salt, and vanilla until completely smooth. Gradually add in powdered sugar until it is fully incorporated into the mixture.
6. Once the cake is finished baking, let it cool and place it into a blender or food processor. Then mix in the buttercream frosting until the cake mixture is firm enough to mold into popsicle shapes.
7. Make about 1/4 cup-sized molds by rolling out the dough, then flattening it and shaping it into the formation of a popsicle. You can also use a mold for uniformity. You can make them smaller, if you'd like, by rolling out 2 tablespoon-sized balls, then shaping them into the appropriate mold.
8. After your cake molds have been set, place them on parchment-paper-lined cookie sheets, insert the popsicle sticks and place them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to an hour, or until soild.
9. While your cakesicles are firming, melt the chocolates over low heat in a saucepan or microwave at 20-minute intervals, until fully melted and creamy.
10. Take your cakesickles out of the fridge and dip each one into the melted chocolate until each is fully coated. Shake off excess chocolate, sprinkle with your favorite toppings, and allow to dry before digging in.
Cakesicles are a fun spin on a traditional cake. With more compacted flavors, you get double the flavor and no dirty dishes to clean up afterward. Try this delicious recipe for any occasion.