Cakepops are so last school year

6 Aug

Cakepops are delicious. No doubt about it. But they are sooo last school year. To kick off the new school  year, I bring to you the superior version of the treat. Not just cakepops, but cheesecake pops. I’m not sure that a better treat-on-a-stick exists. The only problem with the cheesecake pops was that even though they sound fairly simple, they were really a pain to make. Well I won’t say that it was the only problem. There’s always the problem that in a very short time period they’re all gone and more cakepops are needed. But that’s a problem I can handle. 🙂

I started by making a cheesecake from scratch, just for the purpose of making the cheesecake pops. If you want to try making these without doing all of that work, you can also just buy a ready made cheesecake and use that. Of course, the better the cheesecake the better the pops will be. So make you sure bake/ buy a good quality recipe.

Once you have a cheesecake, that’s when it gets messy.

Very messy.

This messy.

The cheesecake is not as easy to shape as the cake/icing mixture that is used for traditional cakepops. I tried using a tablespoon at first, but found that the cheesecake didn’t slide out of it very well. So then I started using my mini ice cream scoop. That worked better, but was still a little challenging. I scooped out the cheesecake onto some parchment paper and then rolled each one into some graham cracker crumbs.

Then I put them in the freezer to let them firm up. If they aren’t firm when dipped into the chocolate they will fall right off of the stick. And we certainly don’t want that. I found that these had to stay in the freezer an entire hour before they were ready to dip. The traditional cakepops only take about 15 minutes, so I was surprised that these took so much longer. But when I tried to dip them at the 30 minute mark, in went the cheesecake pop and out came only the stick. My first cheesecake pop casualty. Once I allowed them more freezing time, things went a little smoother.

A little. For some reason, the graham cracker crumbs were still mixing all in with the chocolate while I was dipping. I thought they would freeze well enough to not come off. I guess they didn’t stick to the cheesecake as well as I’d thought. While dipping the pops, it’s important to stir the chocolate every few minutes to make sure it stays smooth. Every time I stopped to stir the chocolate, I noticed more and more graham cracker crumbs in it. It made the dipped pops look all lumpy, which I didn’t like. But once I added sprinkles or more crumbs on top, it looked a little better. I liked the crumb coating the best. I thought it was a nice little hint that there was a very special kind of pop waiting inside. 🙂 And it tasted pretty good too.

This was quite a process. When I make traditional cakepops, things move pretty quickly once everything is shaped and ready to be put on a stick and dipped in chocolate.  With these cheesecake versions, it took an hour and a half  just to get them all on a stick and dipped. Yikes. So I can’t say that I’m planning on making these again anytime soon. But they were very good. So I’ll try not to let a new school year roll around before I make another batch.

 

Up Next: I think it will be a cake that looks like  other food. Am I ever going to get tired of that? Maybe not.

Random Thought of the Day: Has anyone ever tried to make homemade soft pretzels?  Like the kind you can buy at the mall? I tried some last night but they came out burned to a crisp. Going to give it another try tonight I think. Any tips?

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2 Responses to “Cakepops are so last school year”

  1. Jessica Llanes August 6, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    No tips on the pretzels, but those cheesecake pops look absolutely DELISH. I think I’ll put them on my to-bake list, even though they are a pain. They would be worth it. But I don’t think I’ll be sharing very many 🙂

  2. Valerie McCarley August 8, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    Jennifer, last night on a food network program I saw a story about a pie store somewhere that makes and sells little pies on a stick. Looked very interesting and VERY yummmy! Enjoying your blog very much. Keep up the good work. Aunt Valerie

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