|Deceptively Devilish Pops|
for Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Deceptively Devilish Pops
When Tessa finds herself in London's Downworld, in Cassandra Clare's The Clockwork Angel, she soon finds out that all is not as it appears. The Pandemonium Club is full of characters who appear tame but have devilish intents. Tessa's friend Jem helps her to see that it's not what's on the outside that counts, but the flame within. Don't be deceived by the innocent exterior of these cake pops. Inside is a decadent and downright sinful chocolate surprise.
1 box of devil's food cake and the ingredients that the recipe on the box calls for
1 container of frosting
12 ounces dipping chocolate or chocolate chips
Cake pop stand or foam mold (to prop the sticks up while drying)
Decorations or sprinkles as desired
These cake pops can be made and served in one day, but I prefer to split it up over two days. It's simple and doesn't feel as time consuming.
Day One: Bake the cake according to decorations and cool completely. With your hands, crumble the entire cake into a large bowl. Add the entire container of frosting to the cake crumbs and mix with hands until fully combined. Form the cake into balls and put them on cookie sheets in the freezer overnight. I like to use an ice cream scoop and then roll each ball with my hands. It's really sticky—just wash your hands after every 4 or 5 balls.
Day two: Melt the chocolate in a microwave safe container, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. I like to keep the chocolate in a tall plastic cup so that the chocolate is easier to dip. Keep the balls in the freezer, pulling out only 3 or 4 at a time for dipping. Dip one end of a sucker stick in the chocolate and then push it into a ball. Immerse the ball in the chocolate and gently tap excess chocolate for a few seconds. This is the hardest part because you have to make certain that the ball doesn't start sliding on the stick and fall off. It will probably take you a few tries before you get it right—darn it, you'll just have to eat the mess-ups.
Place the cake pops in a cake pop stand or a piece of styrofoam to allow them to set without touching the chocolate to any surface. Let the pops set for at least 3 hours. This recipe makes a bunch, like three dozen. If you don't want to make them all at once, just store the balls in the fridge for another day.