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A fun and easy Christmas project, these Reindeer Chocolate Cake Pops are sure to be loved by all. Moist cake gets covered in melted chocolate and decorated with candy pieces to make an adorable treat.
Christmas is almost here! How is the Christmas shopping going? Mine is almost done (not to brag..but I am pretty excited). I was wrapping up Baby Stella’s gifts and I can’t tell you how weird it felt to sit down and write out “From: Mom & Dad”. I had to stop myself for a second and think..oh wait, I am the Mom.
Those three little letters hold a lot of weight. Especially when you grow up with a Mom like mine. She had 6 babies (naturally!), homeschooled for over 16 years, and kept a spotless house without the help of a maid or a nanny, all while helping my dad with his business and maintaining her 115lb. figure. I have had quite big shoes to fill. But I always thought I would get there when I was a grown up…whatever that means.
Is there ever an age that it just hits you that you are the grown up now? Because I am still trying to figure it all out. I thought when I was a grown up that I wouldn’t be scared of the dark anymore (nope, still am!). I figured that all the answers would magically just come to my head because that is what Mom’s do…they just know.
When Stella goes to sleep at night sometimes I whisper:
Always remember you are braver than you think.
Stronger than you seem.
And smarter than you think.
Winnie the Pooh had some wise words. I’ve come to find that growing up doesn’t happen all at once, it happens ever so slowly.Eventually with time, you start to believe in yourself. You learn to be brave even with tear filled eyes. You start to realize some arguments just aren’t worth it…And even that sometimes you have to do things even when you don’t want to.
The one area that hasn’t come so hard for me in this whole “mom” thing is the cooking! So let’s talk Cake Pops.
Let me start off by saying that I am the least creative person ever! I really am. I can’t draw to save my life, painting is a no go, and I don’t do any type of crafting. When I usually see fun little cake pops, I run in the other direction.
Which all goes to show you that if I can make these, so can YOU! They are really easy, I promise. There are a few tips to make sure these come out flawless.
- Use Chocolate Almond Bark! It melts beautifully and is easy to reheat as needed throughout the dipping process.
- Melt the chocolate in a coffee mug! This helps coat the whole pop evenly without needing to melt excess chocolate.
- Make smaller cake balls than you think..if they are too heavy they will just slip off the lollipop stick.
- Buy a small styrofoam square to place the cake pops on to dry! This will make life so much easier.
These aren’t just any Chocolate Cake Pops, they are made with Coke! Nick and I don’t drink soda very often, but when we do we really love REAL Coke. You know, the kind from Mexico that comes in the glass bottles. I think the reason is because they are made with REAL sugar and none of that high fructose corn syrup stuff. I just picked up a big ol’ 24 pack Coke de Mexico Coca-Cola glass bottles at Sam’s Club because I also had another fun idea for these sweet drinks. But we can talk about that in a minute.
These cake pops are so moist for two reasons. One is because of the Coke and the other is because I put a whole packet of pudding right into the mix.
These Reindeer Chocolate Cake Pops are perfect to give as gifts on cookie plates or for Christmas Parties…which brings me to the reason I bought all those extra Cokes. These glass bottles make for really adorable party favors. I even made you a free printable. All you need to do it print them out, tie on some ribbon and you are all set.
Be sure to check out 24 packs of Coke de Mexico Coca-Cola glass bottles as well as 4-pack, 2-liters in Coke and Diet Coke at your local Sam’s Club! What are you whipping up this Christmas season with Coke products?
- Cake Base:
- 1 Box Cake Mix (I used Red Velvet)
- 1 Package Chocolate Instant Pudding
- 4 Large Eggs
- ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ Cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 ¼ Cups Coke
- Reindeer Chocolate Cake Pops
- 1 9x13 Prepared Cake, cooled
- ½ Cup (Heaping) Homemade or Store-Bought Frosting (I used Vanilla)
- Lollipop Sticks
- Styrofoam Block
- Chocolate Almond Bark, melted (about 10 oz.)
- Small Pretzel, Broken into Antler Shapes
- Small Red Candies
- Candy Eyes
- Cake Base:
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9 x 13 baking sheet and set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the cake mix, chocolate pudding, eggs, vanilla extract, and oil. Beat with a hand mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Slowly add in the Coke. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Reindeer Chocolate Cake Pops
- Line a pan with parchment paper, set aside. In a large bowl, crumble up the cake into crumbs. Add in the frosting and mix well (I just use my hands). You should be able to roll the cake into a ball without it cracking. If it cracks, add more frosting to the bowl, mix and then try again. Repeat with remaining cake. Place the balls on the parchment paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour. Melt the chocolate in a coffee mug in the microwave. Dip the tip of the cake pop sticks into the melted chocolate and insert into the cake balls about half-way.
- Allow the chocolate to dry for about a minute and then fully submerge them into the melted chocolate. Tap off any excess chocolate. Place the cake pop in the styrofoam block to dry.
- Repeat with remaining cake pops.
- Once the cake pops have dried, press two pretzel pieces into the top for the antlers.
- Dab a little bit of melted chocolate on the back of two candy eyes and a red nose to act as glue on each cake ball.
- Serve and Enjoy!