We recently returned from a three week vacation, visiting my husband's family in Hawaii. Needless to say, I haven't baked at all in the past month! Instead, I'll share with you the golf ball cake pops that I made a few months ago, which I never had time to post ... until now!
My friend Cindy has a friend who was interested in having me make cake pop favors for her upcoming wedding, after learning that I had made the cupcake pops at Cindy's wedding. She specifically wanted the cake pops to look like golf balls, and asked me to make a dozen as samples for her and her family to try. I immediately ordered these golf ball candy molds, and set out to make golf ball cake pops!
I started by making my favorite Ina Garten chocolate cake recipe. Once cooled baked, I broke up the cake and pulsed the pieces through the food processor in batches. Then I made a batch of cream cheese frosting, mixed it into the cake crumbs, and formed the mixture into little balls. I covered them in plastic wrap, and let them chill in the fridge while I went about preparing the melted white chocolate for the coating.
After melting the white chocolate in a double boiler on the stove, I dipped one end of a lollipop stick in the melted white chocolate, and then inserted that end into a ball of cake. Then, instead of dipping the cake pop into the melted chocolate like I would normally do, I brushed the inside of the golf ball mold with melted chocolate and then pushed the cake pop into the mold.
After they set in the fridge, I popped each one out of the mold, brushed more melted chocolate into the inside of the mold, and pushed the other side of the cake pop into the mold. I only had one mold so I could only do one side of the cake pops at a time.
The first few weren't pretty. The seams were messy where the two halves of the golf balls came together. And I didn't coat enough melted chocolate on the inside of the mold, so the dark cake showed through the thin coating of white. I guess I didn't learn my lesson after making white hello kitty cake pops with chocolate cake inside! Next time I will remember - use a light-color cake when using white chocolate coating!
But after a few batches, they started looking better. The seams looked smoother. And the cake didn't show through as much, because I made a mighty thick coating on those golf ball molds! (Although, this lead to other problems - when eaten, the white chocolate felt way too thick and would crack heavily, leading the cake ball to fall off the stick.)
I'll definitely try making these again someday. And as they say, practice makes perfect!
*** Update: You can also check out this link to see the golf ball pops made by Jasmin of 1 Fine Cookie, who was the first to come up with the idea of using a candy mold to shape the golf balls!
*** More updates: I used the same candy mold to shape golf balls as cake toppers! You can find the golf ball cakes here and here!