Autism Awareness Cake Pops

As many of you know, April is Autism Awareness month and my son is autistic.1 in 50 children are diagnosed with autism, and 1 in 31 are boys.  Thought I would share this crafty creation with you from my friend, Cooking with Azure Rountree.

1 (16.5-ounce) Box Duncan Hines Devil’s Food Cake Mix
2/3 cup Chocolate Frosting
1 bag Vanilla Candy Wafers
3 (14-ounce) bags Colored Candy Wafers
Lollipop Sticks
Treat bags
Large piece of Styrofoam 

Lay out a couple of ungreased pans, set aside. Cover a large piece of Styrofoam with foil, set aside. Prepare and bake devil’s food cake according to package directions. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Break apart cake and place in a large bowl, then crumble completely. Stir in frosting, then blend together with hands until you have the texture of play-doh. Melt a small amount of vanilla candy wafers in a small bowl, set aside. Roll cake into golf ball size balls. Dip tip of lollipop stick into melted candy, then insert a little ways into the ball. Lay flat on pan. Repeat until all dough is used. *You will need to melt your vanilla candy wafers every so often to continue use. Place in fridge for 1 hour. Just before removing from fridge, melt ½ of a bag of the desired candy color wafers in a small narrow bowl in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted. Remove pops from the fridge. Carefully, remove from pan and dip tip of cake pop in the melted candy. Use a spoon to drizzle the candy coating near the stick, making sure to coat the cake ball with the coating. Use your finger to remove excess melted candy from near the stick. Top with sprinkles and place in styrofoam. Melt candy wafers as needed to continue use. Save leftover hardened candy in bowl, set aside. Let cake pops sit overnight to set. Reheat leftover hardened candy in bowl and use to seal any cracks in coating. Place back in styrofoam to harden. Place a treat bag over each cake pop and tie with ribbon.