It was also to prove a point, because my mom thought that making cake balls might be a great idea for holiday gifts and having made them before (or well, cookie balls, which might actually suck more than cake balls) I wanted to show her that while we are good at A LOT of things, dipping shit just isn't in our skill set.
So here is a (partially) illustrated guide for how NOT to make cake pops:
1. Gather your ingredients. Take a picture. Forget ingredients.
2. Begin to make a cake which cues everyone else in your house to come into your very small kitchen to also cook. Get angry.
3. Mistake directions on cake box, read: mix on HIGH for 2 minutes, instead of MEDIUM and splatter entire kitchen with cake batter.
4. Fight the people in your kitchen to get to the oven to put the cake in to bake.
5. Remember to check how long you should bake the cake that is now in the oven. Take box out of garbage, consult, set timer (minus approximate amount of time it took you to remember that you should probably set a timer).
6. Wait a long damned time for cake to bake and cool. Begin writing and illustrating your hilarious blarg post on the subject in the meantime (optional).
7. Go to Bakerella.com and read the recipe because you realize you don't really know how much of what you are really supposed to use.
8. Crumble cake and mix in half a can of frosting. Roll into balls. Ask someone else to come in and set up a pan for you because your hands are now coated in cake and frosting.
9. Clean out fridge to make space for the balls to chill.
10. Take some prescription pain pills because this is going to suck, and also because you have been standing for hours and all of your joints hurt.
11. Read the directions on the candy melts, follow directions, spend 17 minutes melting stupid candy melts. Think using a blow dryer might be faster.
13. Add Crisco to candy melts because Montana weather makes them harden up in approximately 1.75 minutes.
14. Give up on cakepops, turn to cakeballs.
15. Give up on cakeballs, dipping is too hard. Roll rest of the batch in powdered sugar and call it a day.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how not to make cake balls. You should probably not follow it. But, while I knew it was going to be bad when I started, I did manage to make one cute one.