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The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook Recipe: UFO Cake Pops

Nerdy Nummies, UFO cake pops, cake pop recipe, rosanna pansinoThese (inter)stellar cake pops will blow the basic pink orbs away! From The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook.

Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOS) have fascinated people for generations. A wide range of UFOs appear in many of my favorite science-fiction movies: Independence Day, War of the Worlds, District 9, and countless others! You can use any candy you want to decorate your UFO Cake Pops for the impending taste invasion. The only thing identifiable about these pops is that they’re delicious!

THE THINGS YOU’LL NEED
White cake batter (recipe below)
6 ounces cream cheese, or 1 tub (16 ounces) buttercream frosting
1 bag (12 ounces) black Candy Melts (Wilton)
1 bag (12 ounces) white Candy Melts (Wilton)
Black licorice gumdrops
Small candy-coated chocolates (M&M’s Minis): red, blue, green, orange, and yellow
9 x 13-inch metal baking pan
Baking sheet
Lollipop sticks
Foam block

LET’S GET STARTED!
1. Bake the White Cake batter in a 9 x 13-inch metal baking pan as directed. Let the cake cool completely in the pan.

2. In a bowl, crumble the cake with your fingers.

3. Add the cream cheese or frosting and mix until evenly combined. (Use cream cheese if you like your cake pops more tart or use the frosting if you like them sweeter.)

4. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Roll the mixture into balls (about 1 1/2 inches in diameter) and place them on the lined baking sheet.

5. Flatten the balls into thick disks.

6. Refrigerate the cake disks for 30 minutes to set.

TIME TO DECORATE!
1. In the microwave or a double boiler, melt the white and black Candy Melts together to make a light gray color (I use a ratio of 4 white to 1 black).

2. Dip the end of the lollipop sticks into the gray melts to help act as an adhesive and press the sticks halfway into the cake disks.

3. Dip the cake pops into the gray melts, making sure to cover completely. Let the excess candy drip back into the bowl. Stand the dipped pops in a foam block to dry.

4. While the candy melt coating on the pop is still wet, place a black licorice gumdrop on the top of each pop.

5. Dab a small amount of gray candy onto the back of the M&M’s and carefully place around the sides of the cake pops as lights.

White Cake Batter
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 stick (4 ounces) salted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup solid vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
5 large egg whites
3/4 cup whole milk

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the butter and shortening until softened. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

3. Beat in the vanilla and almond extracts.

4. Add the egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

5. On low speed, alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.

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