These Heart Shaped Angel Food Cake Pops are a healthier treat to offer the kiddos this Valentines Day. A lighter Angel Food Cake is topped with dark chocolate and your favorite sprinkle.
I planned to get this post up last week, but it has just been one of those weeks! The good news is that today's post for Heart Shaped Angel Food Cake Pops is still in time for Valentine's Day!
For many health conscious parents - they cringe at some of the sweet treats their kiddos are offered at school parties and functions. I certainly had a mommy dietitian moment a few months ago when my toddler son was offered a sugar-sweetened cupcake at school on his birthday. On the contrary, this past week another one of my son's classmates had a birthday, and the parents provided the kiddos with yogurt. While the teachers might have had a slight mess on their hands, I appreciate these parents for bringing a protein-packed and less sugary snack.
Should we remove all the celebratory sweet snacks from schools? Some parents think yes. I don't necessarily agree with total avoidance. My thoughts are parents need to be mindful of the frequency and types of sweet treats the kiddos are offered, but I think with creativity kids can still be offered healthier (and fun of course) options. In fact, one of the missions of this blog is to offer ideas on how to create healthier options.
Today's recipe for Heart Shaped Angel Food Cake Pops shows just that - a fun way to produce a healthier sweet treat. With a few simple ingredients, you can make these super cute cake pops in minutes. I actually purchased pre-made angel food cake from my local grocer to keep things simple.
If you are making these for younger children or are concerned about using a wooden stick you could also make them with paper cake pop sticks or just skip the stick all together. Once the chocolate dries they are an easy finger food.
As always the kiddos can be an active part in creating these treats. Allow them to help cut out the cake shapes with cookie cutters or decorate the tops with sprinkles (after the chocolate has been drizzled). I am sure they can came come up with creative decorating techniques!
Your Family's Dietitian,
Heart Shaped Angel Food Cake Pops
Prep Time: 20-30 minutes
Keywords: appetizer dessert snack chocolate
Ingredients (Quanity varies)
- Angel food cake (can be homemade or store-purchased)
- Dark chocolate bar
- Kabob, popsicle sticks, or cake pop sticks
- Heart-shaped cookie cutters
1. Slice angel food cake horizontally into about 1 - 1 1/4 inch layers
2. Push heart-shaped cookie cutter through cake layers to form heart-shaped cake pieces
3. Gently guide kabob stick through bottom (or point) of heart until it reaches top of heart-shaped (repeat for all cake pieces). Lay out cake shapes on a tray lined with wax paper.
4. To melt chocolate, cut into small pieces or chunks. Place in a shallow glass bowl and microwave on medium-high for about 45 seconds to start with. Remove from microwave and stir. Repeat heating for a shorter duration, 15 to 20 seconds, stirring in between each interval, until chocolate is a smooth consistency and completely melted. You can also melt chocolate over a stovetop.
5. Using a spoon lightly drizzle chocolate over cake pieces. You can also cut the end of a plastic bag or use a bottle dispenser to drizzle.
6. Immediately top with sprinkles.
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