Lightning Cake Cake Pops and a Mailman Themed Birthday Party

Making cake pops was never on my bucket list. Nor was throwing a mailman themed birthday party, but I can now kick the bucket a little happier knowing I have done and loved both. When Silas asked for a mailman party, I had no idea what to do, but was impressed with what his little two-year-old mind cooked up. Obviously, I turned to Pinterest for party inspiration and to Granny’s recipe box for a birthday cake idea.

I am about to share Granny’s Cake Pop recipe that she didn’t even know she had, and some ideas for a mailman themed birthday party that I never predicted I would throw.

First about the cake pops. I knew Granny’s mother had a recipe for lightning cake, so named for how quickly it can be thrown together. We tried this recipe when we made Granny’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake. This was perfect for cake pops because the work is not finished when the cake comes out of the oven. I did some research and played around with different methods. I found one that was perfect for turning the lightning cake into pops! The cake pops were delicious and fun and most kids had more than one.
Granny was sharp as a tack for a good long time. In the last couple years, her memory got pretty fuzzy, but Silas’s name was never once forgotten and always on the tip of her tongue. I wish I could tell her that she got to be a part of her Great-Grandson’s birthday party in the form of a family recipe.
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All sugared up!
Now a little bit about the mailman party: I love a good theme, and this one was a challenge. But how do you tell your big little boy “no” when he asks for a mailman party? I made a trip to the post office and the awesome postal worker gave me tons of party supplies. A roll of postal tape became streamers and cupcake flags. Post office folders were cut into banners to decorate the cake table. Priority mailboxes became a dessert stand. The littlest priority boxes were addressed to each guest and filled with candy and stationery. Amazon supplied small canvas bags that got decorated with markers and PO stickers, so each guest went home with the cutest little personalized mail bags. Finally, a tiny mailbox from Amazon became a “ find the presents in the mailbox” game.
My hope for the mailman party with Lightning Cake Cake Pops is that my little 3 year old has happy post office birthday memories and that Granny knows we loved having her dessert for his party. Her recipe easily spans the 96 years between them.
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Perfect cake pop ball
Here is the cake pop recipe that I highly recommend you make for your next party, mailman themed or otherwise.
Lightning Cake Cake Pops

This is our grandmother's most famous recipe tranformed into cake pops.

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1 c sugar
  • 3 t baking powder
  • 1/4 c oil
  • 2 eggs
  • a few T milk
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 container store bought frosting (or make your favorite)
  • 1 bag chocolate candy melts I bought mine at Michaels
  • cake pop sticks Also at michaels
  • cake toppings - sprinkles, colored sugar, crumbled pretzels, coarse sea salt, caramel drizzle, etc.
Instructions
  1. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder.

  2. Into a measuring cup, pour oil then drop in eggs. Fill the cup to 7/8 full with milk (only a few tablespoons, do this slowly). 

  3. Make a well into the dry ingredients and pour in the wet. Add vanilla and beat until well mixed. 

  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  5. After the cake cools completely, put it in a large bowl and crumble into fine crumbs. 

  6. Work in frosting a couple spoonfuls at a time until you have a moist batter that will hold shape when rolled into a ball, but is still slightly crumbly.

  7. Roll the mixture into tight balls. Be sure not to make them too large or they will wobble off of the stick. Allow to cool and set after being rolled in your hands.

  8. Melt a small amount of candy melts in a double boiler. Dip the tip of the candy stick into the melted chocolate and insert the stick halfway through the cake ball. Give each cake pop a few minutes before next step so the chocolate on the stick can harden.

  9. Melt the remaining chocolate in a double boiler while you prepare your decorating supplies. I used colored sugar to stay within my red/white/blue post office theme, but you could use anything you would normally put on a truffle or cupcake.

  10. Dip the cake balls into the chocolate and swirl around until completely covered. Let excess chocolate drip off. Add sprinkles or any cake topping before chocolate hardens.

  11. I poked tiny holes in a box and stuck the stick through so that the cake pops could set standing up and not become flat on one side. 

  12. These can be made in advance and stored in a cool dry place or in the freezer. I kept mine in a ziplock in the fridge for a couple days.

Lightning Cake Cake Pops and Mailman Party Long Pin