I suppose that depends on who you ask. If you ask me, a blue moon is the second full moon in one month. Wikipedia says it’s the third full moon. But who are you going to believe, me or some internet stranger?? Wait a minute . . . .
Regardless, today is the perfect day to share with you my Blue Moon Ice Cream Cake Pops!
It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized the devastating fact that only the mid-west is privy to the fantastic flavorosity that is Blue Moon Ice Cream. A travesty!!
If you aren’t familiar with this flavor of ice cream, you are going to be hard pressed to nail someone down on what exactly it tastes like. Some say that it is like marshmallows. They happen to be
wrong entitled to their own wrong opinion. I think it is something akin to a sweet nut flavoring, like almond or hazelnut deliciousness. Some say pistachio. (They also happen to be wrong.)
Recently I had the good fortune of creating a candy table for my dear friend’s wedding reception. Everything was blue, pink, and yellow. So I made lemon and strawberry cake pops, and then when we came to blue, I decided to flavor the cake with almond extract and dye it blue. I figured it was probably just my head playing tricks on me, but it tasted so much like blue moon ice cream to me! Huzzah!
I did a taste test recently, and really, they are very similar. (Better yet, my faithful critic Nathan, who also shares my love for Blue Moon, also said they were a pretty good match.) Yumm!! So now you poor unfortunate souls who don’t have access to blue moon ice cream can still rejoice in the deliciousness.
Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of almond extract (I know it sounds like a lot, but it’s worth it) and 1/2 a tablespoon of orange liqueur to cake mix. I prefer Betty Crocker Supermoist in white. Add a bunch of blue food coloring and bake your cake according to directions.
Once the cake is cooled, you are going to want to peel off the gooey top layer that got a little muddy green in the baking.
Quick, what does this look like??
I know, I’m a dork.
Smash your cake into smithereens, and add three fourths of a can of frosting. Roll into balls, and freeze for 15 minutes. Then melt some blue candy melts, dip the end of a popsicle stick into the candy, then into the cake pop, then dip the whole cake pop into the blue candy melts. Stick the cake pop in the styrofoam you smartly bought from Michaels with a coupon and let dry.
For the full what’s what on making cake pops, you should really visit Bakerella.