I am going to be honest, New Year's Eve is by far my least favorite holiday. Everyone spends all this time trying to figure out what to wear and where to go, and in the end it's never even that fun. In my experience, most NYE celebrations end in tears and disappointment, followed by a massive hangover the next day. Woof.
But, despite all its shortcomings, this night does have one redeeming quality - and that is the glitter. For some reason, NYE has turned into one big glitter bomb, and I LOVE it. These Golden Glitter Cake Pops are inspired by the glitz and glamour of the holiday, and are the perfect addition to any NYE party. They are delicious, easy to serve, and their shimmery coating matches perfectly with the glitter bomb theme of the night!
Vanilla Cake Pops
- 5 large egg whites (room temperature)
- 1 cup whole milk (room temperature)
- 2 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups cake flour, sifted
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 tbs + 1 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 12 tbs unsalted butter, at room temperature and cut into cubes
- 1 cup butter (room temperature)
- 3 egg whites
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- candy thermometer
you will also need
- Gold Sanding Sugar
- 1 lb. White Coating Chocolate
- Lollipop sticks
- Styrofoam Cake Block
- Piping Gel
- Small paint brush
for the Cake:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 X 9" pan with butter and line with parchment. Also make sure that all the ingredients are at room temperature. This is very important.
- In a medium bowl combine and stir the egg whites, 1/4 cup of milk and the vanilla. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the dry ingredients together on low speed for 30 seconds.
- Add the butter and remaining milk and mix on a low speed until just combined. Increase to medium speed and mix for 1-2 minutes.
- Scrape the sides of the bowl and begin to add the egg mixture in 2 separate batches, beat on medium speed until it is just combined. (No more than 45 seconds after each addition)
- Fill prepared pan with batter.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. You will know the cake is done when a cake tester comes clean when inserted into the center or when you press the top of the cake with your finger and the cake bounces back. Let cool on racks until cooled completely.
for the buttercream:
- In a small sauce pan put 1/2 cup (minus 1 tbs) of sugar. Cover the sugar with a little bit of water until the sugar looks like wet sand. Cook on a stove top over high heat until it reaches 248 degrees on a candy thermometer.
- While the sugar is cooking use a stand mixer with a whisk attachment to whip egg whites on a high speed until they reach soft peaks.
- Once you have soft peaks add the remaining 1 tbs of sugar and mix on a high speed until the egg whites become stiff peaks. You can keep mixing the egg whites at a high speed until the sugar is done cooking.
- Once the sugar reaches 248 degrees immediately add it to the egg white mixture. Mix on a high speed for 20 minutes.
- Now add the room temperature butter and mix on a high speed for 5-10 minutes until the butter is fully combined and the mixture resembles buttercream.
- Add vanilla and mix until just combined.
- Once the cake is cooled, use your hands or two forks and to crumble the cake into fine crumbs.
- In a separate bowl mix the cake crumbs and the buttercream. For every 1 cup of cake crumbs add 1-2 tbs of buttercream. Mix with hands or fork until the buttercream is fully incorporated. You want the mixture to be just moist enough to roll into balls.
- Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop out a small amount of mixture and roll between cupped hands until you reach the desired round shape.
- Put balls on a plate and cover with plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
- Place coating chocolates in a deep bowl so you will be able to submerge the entire ball in the chocolate. Melt chocolates.
- Dip lollipop stick into chocolate and then into the middle of a cake ball.
- Dip cake ball into the chocolate until it is completely covered. Hold it sideways over the bowl and rotate it and tap it so the excess chocolate comes off.
- When the excess chocolate has dripped off, push the lollipop stick into styrofoam block to dry.
- Once chocolate is dry, paint ball with piping gel and cover with gold sanding sugar.