Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Pops

Nothing says “sweet” like a Chocolate Covered Strawberry.

They’re a reminder of early summer and fond memories of U-Pick farms and time with loved ones, for me.

With the temperature cooling off in the East, while shooting up to record highs in the West, I thought the perfect dessert for both occasions would be a play on one of summer’s most popular treats.

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These cake pops are light, fruity, and decadent with their dark chocolate coating. Try them out this week for a reminder of the best days of summer.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Pops
Ingredients
– 1 box strawberry cake mix, prepped per box directions, baked, and cooled
– 1 can white frosting
– Dark chocolate candy melts
– Red candy melts, for decorating

Directions
1. Crumble cooled cake and mix with 1/2 can of frosting. If too dry, keep adding frosting a scoop at a time until a playdough-like consistency is achieved.
2. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
3. Dip the end of a lollipop stick in a bit of melted chocolate and place into cake balls. Continue for all cake pops.
4. Freeze tray of cake pops for 30 minutes while melting dark chocolate candy melts.
5. Submerge cake pops into melted chocolate, then place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Continue for all and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
6. Melt red candy melts and drizzle over cake pops. Refrigerate for 10 more minutes or until all chocolate is set.

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Tiramisu Melted Ice Cream Cake

I looooove ice cream.

It’s my favorite dessert of all time.

I also love a good, moist slice of cake. Who doesn’t, right?

So imagine my surprise when pinning one night, I found out that you can make rich, light, crumbly cake with melted ice cream! Score!

It sounds a little funny, but with just 3 ingredients (plus some imagination in the flavor department), you can create a rustic masterpiece like this!

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The combinations are truly endless, but I opted to make a Tiramisu version since I’ve been craving a dessert that is just slightly sweet, and pairs well with a steaming hot cup of coffee. The cake texture also reminds me of the ladyfingers used in the best Italian Tiramisu.

Tiramisu Melted Ice Cream Cake
Ingredients
– 1 white cake mix
– 3 eggs
– 1 pint OR 2 cups (coffee) ice cream, melted – use a high quality like Haagen Daz or Ben&Jerry’s for best results

Extra Ingredients used for Tiramisu Version:
– 1 cup dark chocolate, chopped fine
– 1 small container Marscarpone cheese
– 1/4 cup powdered sugar
– High quality cocoa, for dusting

Directions
1. Combine cake mix, eggs, and melted ice cream and mix until combined thoroughly. Fold in 1/2 cup chopped chocolate pieces.
2. Pour into a greased, floured, and parchment lined jelly roll pan (the baking pan that has the 1 inch sides)
3. Bake cake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
4. In a mixing bowl, combine marscarpone and powdered sugar and mix well. Refrigerate until using.
5. Let cake cool completely, then de-pan and cut into 3 equal sections.
6. Top first layer with half of marscarpone mixture. Spread evenly then sprinkle with half of remaining chocolate pieces.
7. Top with another layer of cake and repeat step 6.
8. Top with last layer of cake, then using a fine sieve, dust top with cocoa powder.

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Pour yourself an espresso, black coffee, or cappuccino. Sit on your front porch with a slice or two of your Tiramisu Melted Ice Cream Cake and watch the sun rise.

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What a perfect start to your day, right?!

And I know what you’re thinking….Dessert can totally be breakfast when you’re an adult 😉

If you love tiramisu or starting your morning off with a little something sweet, “like” this post and leave me a comment below with the combo you’re going to try!