Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake Pops


It seems as it I’m obsessing with pumpkin a little too much these past few weeks, but then again, who isn’t?! I LOVE pumpkin. Yes in all caps.

Because it’s that good, and I really really do love it so much.

The funny thing tho is that I only have pumpkin during fall. Isn’t it weird how we obsess so much over pumpkin during this season, then forget about it the rest of the year.

I mean yes it’s true we use it mostly because it’s in season, but must of us use canned pumpkin anyway. My new goal this year is try to use pumpkin the rest of the year. fingers crossed!

But for now… let me tell you guys how seriously DELICIOUS these pumpkin pops are. These pops are made from my favorite easy pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting.


THE RECIPE:

Ingredients:

For the cake:
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil you can also use ½ cup apple sauce and ½ olive oil for a healthier alternative
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice optional
For the cream cheese frosting:
  • 6 ounces cream cheese at room temp
  • 6 tablespoons butter at room temp
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
For dipping:
  • 12 oz bag or bar of white or milk chocolate

Instructions:

To make the cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour one glass 9 x 13 inch pan or 2 8x8 pans or 24 cupcake tins; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin.Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin spice; add to wet ingredients and mix thoroughly with a whisk.
  2. Spread batter into prepared pan.Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes (14-18 mins for cupcakes). Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before crumbling.
For the frosting: 
  1. While the cake is baking, beat together the cream cheese, butter and confectioner's sugar in a stand mixer or by hand, until light and fluffy.
  2. Once the cake is cooled, cut into 12 bars and crumble into a large mixing bowl. The texture of the cake causes it to crumble easily. You can also use a fork to break any larger pieces of cake apart. Repeat with each section until the entire cake is crumbled into a fine texture.
  3. Next add frosting mixture onto the crumbled cake.Mix using the back of a large metal spoon, until thoroughly combined. The mixture should be moist enough to roll into 1 1/2-inch balls and still hold a round shape. After rolling the cake balls by hand, place them on a wax paper, cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to firm.
  4. Place the candy coating in a deep, microwave-safe plastic or glass bowl. Melt in the microwave, or in a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth.
  5. Dip the balls in chocolate using a toothpick or fork to hold them. Place on waxed paper to set. Some coating may pool around the base of the ball onto the wax paper.Once the coating sets, you can break off any unwanted coating.Repeat with the remaining cake balls and let dry completely.You can make the cake balls ahead of time and store them in an airtight container on the counter or in the refrigerator for several days.

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