This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BakeInTheFun #CollectiveBias Gather with family and friends to celebrate the fun of autumn with a DIY Cake Pop Bar. Guests can customize yummy cake pops with their favorite fall goodies! I really have to preface this post by saying baking from scratch is not my forte but I sure love to throw a fun shindig! With football season fast approaching we have been playing around with party ideas to celebrate the fall season. It is the time of year when I am happy to get out of the kitchen for a bit. We throw all kinds of get-together’s at the casa and my fave are by the DIY kind. It is always a blast for everyone to gather around and pitch in with the food. Easy recipes like my Steak and Roasted Red Pepper Crostini make fantastic DIY party snacks, compile your favorite toppings, toast a bunch of break and let everyone have at it! [bctt tweet=”DIY Cake Pop Bar #BakeInTheFun #ad #foodie”] On my latest trip to Walmart I noticed they are stocking seasonal products, like M&M’s® Pecan Pie and M&M’s® Milk Chocolate Harvest candies, so I grabbed a few bags. It has been 110+ degrees in Phoenix recently & I need a heavy dose of FALL already! Get a coupon here! After catching sight of the Snapple® Apple I knew we needed to put together a DIY Cake Pop Bar for the weekend. Baking from scratch is not my strong point so I grabbed a box of Pillsbury™ Moist Supreme® Cake Mix and Pillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® Cream Cheese Icing for the cake pops. I use applesauce in cake mixes whenever possible so a jar of Mott’s® Apple Sauce Original went into the cart. The Snapple® Apple was a great substitution for the water required to make the cake. I prepped everything by baking the cake, crumbling it up and adding in the frosting. In order to keep things from completely melting (like I said… Phoenix heat wave) I made the plain cake pops (without their coating) and chilled them until the party started. We set out an array of goodies like crushed walnuts, dried cranberries, mashed up pretzels and cherry vanilla granola. Basically the odds and ends out of the pantry. I melted the baking chips for the outside coating once the casa crew was assembled so peeps could decorate their own cake pops. It all worked really well with the crushed up M&M’s® Pecan Pie and M&M’s® Milk Chocolate Harvest candies. The M&M’s® Pecan Pie are amazing, they taste just like a real pecan pie. Click here for more great recipe ideas. We rounded out everything with great decorations, the Lazy Man even made my centerpiece, and excellent company! My favorite part was watching everyone decorate their cake pops. What are your favorite fall recipes? Is there something you look forward to making every September? Enjoy~ Loriann
DIY Cake Pop Bar
- 1 15-ounce box cake mix
- 1/3 cup applesauce
- 1 cup apple drink
- 3 medium eggs
- 2/3-3/4 cup cream cheese canned frosting
- 2 cups white baking chips
- 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- Desired toppings
- Cake pop sticks
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with non-stick spray.
- In a large bowl stir together cake mix, apple sauce, apple drink and eggs. Mix 2-3 minutes until smooth.
- Bake 25-30 minutes, do not over bake. Let cake cool.
- Add cake to a large bowl and crumble up, mix in frosting. Beat with a hand mixer until throughly combined, should be the consistency of thick cookie dough. Adjust the amount of frosting as necessary.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Roll cake mixture into desired sized balls, approximately 1 tablespoon each and place on parchment. Chill 30 minutes.
- Melt baking chips according to package directions, stir in shortening. Dip end of cake pop stick in melt topping, insert stick into cake ball. Repeat for each cake pop.
- Dip cake pops in mixture to coat, gently shake off excess topping.
- Immediately roll in desired toppings. Let rest until set.