Apr
27
2008

Daring Baker’s Cheesecake Pops!

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This month’s challenge was from Deborah of Taste and Tell and Elle from Feeding My Enthusiasms . Our challenge was to make a delicious cheesecake and form it into these adorable little pops. We had the choice of decorating how we wanted. I chose to dip my pops in milk chocolate then sprinkle them with cute colorful round sugar balls.

To stand them all up, I stuck them in little flower pots with styrofoam in the bottom. My family devoured these, I highly recommend this recipe for any occasion! The only negative for me was rolling the cheesecake into balls. Super messy, I had to keep spraying my hands with cooking spray otherwise I had cheesecake blobs rather than circles! Once you get through that step, the rest is cake!

My favorite part of the challenge was the photo shoot and eating them up! Check out the Daring Baker’s Blog Roll for other great Cheesecake Pops! Here are some of my finished photos!






Cheesecake Pops

5 8-oz. packages cream cheese at room temperature
2 cups sugar
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
5 large eggs
2 egg yolks
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
¼ cup heavy cream
Boiling water as needed
Thirty to forty 8-inch lollipop sticks

1 pound chocolate, finely chopped – you can use all one kind or half and half of dark, milk, or white (Alternately, you can use 1 pound of flavored coatings, also known as summer coating, confectionary coating or wafer chocolate – candy supply stores carry colors, as well as the three kinds of chocolate.)

2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
(Note: White chocolate is harder to use this way, but not impossible)
Assorted decorations such as chopped nuts, colored jimmies, crushed peppermints, mini chocolate chips, sanding sugars, dragees) – Optional

1. Position oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Set some water to boil.
In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, flour, and salt until smooth. If using a mixer, mix on low speed. Add the whole eggs and the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well (but still at low speed) after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and cream.

2. Grease a 10-inch cake pan (not a springform pan), and pour the batter into the cake pan. Place the pan in a larger roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with the boiling water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the cake pan. Bake until the cheesecake is firm and slightly golden on top, 35 to 45 minutes.

3. Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and cool to room temperature. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until very cold, at least 3 hours or up to overnight.

4. When the cheesecake is cold and very firm, scoop the cheesecake into 2-ounce balls and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Carefully insert a lollipop stick into each cheesecake ball. Freeze the cheesecake pops, uncovered, until very hard, at least 1 – 2 hours.

5. When the cheesecake pops are frozen and ready for dipping, prepare the chocolate. In the top of a double boiler, set over simmering water, or in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, heat half the chocolate and half the shortening, stirring often, until chocolate is melted and chocolate and shortening are combined. Stir until completely smooth. Do not heat the chocolate too much or your chocolate will lose it’s shine after it has dried. Save the rest of the chocolate and shortening for later dipping, or use another type of chocolate for variety. Alternately, you can microwave the same amount of chocolate coating pieces on high at 30 second intervals, stirring until smooth.

6. Quickly dip a frozen cheesecake pop in the melted chocolate, swirling quickly to coat it completely. Shake off any excess into the melted chocolate. If you like, you can now roll the pops quickly in optional decorations. You can also drizzle them with a contrasting color of melted chocolate (dark chocolate drizzled over milk chocolate or white chocolate over dark chocolate, etc.) Place the pop on a clean parchment paper-lined baking sheet to set. Repeat with remaining pops, melting more chocolate and shortening (or confectionary chocolate pieces) as needed. Refrigerate the pops for up to 24 hours, until ready to serve.


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  1. 1
    HoneyB says:

    Hi Jenny, as always your photos look great! I was wishing I had some floral foam myself, but when I didn’t think ahead enough and live too far from anywhere I could have run to get some! I love your presentation!

  2. 2
    Deborah says:

    I love how you put them in the pots – great idea! Your pops turned out very cute!

  3. 3
    Mary Ann says:

    Very cute! I have to agree with the messiness of getting them into balls-so sticky, but so worth it!

  4. 4
    Amy J. says:

    Those look so totally fun! Great job and beautiful pops!

  5. 5
    Jeanine says:

    Wow, Jenny, your cheesecake pops look AMAZING!! Love your photos, you’ve got a definite talent there (besides the baking part). ;)

  6. 6
    Gabi says:

    I love your “flower” pops! So adorable and the styrofoam in the pots was a great solution to the dipping problem!

  7. 7
    chriesi says:

    Cute!

  8. 8
    The Irreverent Cook says:

    Hi! Your pops look so cheerful! Great job on the challenge =D

  9. 9
    Sarah says:

    Great job! I put mine in pots too…but had to remind myself how top heavy they were!

  10. 10
    Scuttle says:

    Cute Idea to put them in a flower pot I put mine in a cup of sugar to get a good shot. The one with a bit out it is the best thought. It’s so much fun to see what everyone has done good job!

  11. 11
    Kristen says:

    Love the round sugar sprinkles and how you stood them up in the flower pots. So cute and delicious!

  12. 12
    Sheltie Girl says:

    You did a wonderful job on your cheesecake pops. Beautiful presentation too.

    Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

  13. 13
    Bumblebutton says:

    They look darling in those pots! And I love your colorful sugar balls–what are they? Where did you get them?

  14. 14
    Katrina says:

    I love the photos! Little cheesecake pop flowers for spring! They look great.

  15. 15
    Heather says:

    I love the pops in pots! Very cute! Great job!

  16. 16
    Jaime says:

    those are adorable! good idea w/the cooking spray, wish i had thought of that! i think mine were a bit large, too…

  17. 17
    amanda. says:

    Gorgeous! Simple yet delicious looking!

  18. 18
    Barbara Bakes says:

    I love all your photos. Great idea to put them in pots. I made my husband hold them until they dried. :-)

  19. 19
    Julia says:

    What a creative way to display them! I could imagine these at a spring wedding as part of the place setting. I really liked your sprinkles — what were they made from?

  20. 20
    Casey says:

    such a cute display! :) what a great idea.

  21. 21
    The Lyman Family says:

    Jenny, your blog is so dang prfessional! I’m so impressed, you are amazing! These look so cute and sound very tasty!

  22. 22
    Tracy says:

    The pops in the pots — why didn’t I think of that? So cute! Great photos. You are becoming quite the accomplished food photographer. Maybe someday you could share your secrets?

  23. 23
    Shandy says:

    How absolutely cute and FUN! What a great serving idea. Your pictures are beautiful and definitely show off this terrific Daring Baker Challenge! =D

  24. 24
    Proud Italian Cook says:

    Jenny, I just love your photo’s, great presentation of your pretty little pops!

  25. 25
    Melanie says:

    Nonstick cooking spray!! Why didn’t I think of that? I had to go with squares because the balls were too “blobbish” but yours look fantastic and I love the presentation!

  26. 26
    Steph says:

    Sooo cute! I love the photo’s, I also enjoyed the photo shoot! My husband laughed at me because I spent over an hour taking pictures of Cheesecake, but oh well! Your’s look adorable!

  27. 27
    Dave says:

    Great job Jenny. You have a wonderful tallent when it comes to food presentation. I too had trouble forming the cheescake balls. I found that washing my hands after each ball made it easier.

  28. 28
    Laurie says:

    Jenny..I love them! What you did with the little flower pots is an adorable idea!! And hey..that paper is fabuloso!! :) Can’t wait to visit again..

  29. 29
    Dana McCauley says:

    Love the flower pot display.

  30. 30
    Elle says:

    Adorable little pops Jenny! Putting them in the flower post is genius. Making the balls was the hardest part for me, too. Great job!

  31. 31
    Patsyk says:

    Amazing photos! They look so incredible!

  32. 32
    Candace says:

    Very nice! I like the flower pot idea!

  33. 33
    Lori says:

    Great shots. Very cute. love the topiary effect. Tartelette has a similar topiary type thing. great job!

  34. 34
    PheMom says:

    Very cute! All lined up in their little pots. Love it!

  35. 35
    Claire says:

    Cute “flower arrangements!” These look just perfect for those little mouths.

  36. 36
    StickyGooeyCreamyChewy says:

    Your pops look adorable! Like a rainbow garden!

  37. 37
    Half Baked says:

    Love your pops! I put mine in a flower pot too. they just seemed to beg to flower arrangements!

  38. 38
    Sharon says:

    Oh my gosh, these are adorable! You are quite talented. :)
    I may attempt these when my family visits next week. How catchy!
    Thanks for sharing.

  39. 39
    dobetter says:

    Jenny these are so cute! I love the candied sugar balls you used. You really have a talent for photographing your creations. Thanks for inspiring!

  40. 40
    Lunch Buckets says:

    Those are so freakin’ cute in the little pots! I love your sugar balls too – I’m amazed at all the different types of sprinkles people have!

  41. 41
    Antonio Tahhan says:

    your cheesecake pops look AMAZING! I love the idea of using a flower pot. Great job!
    ps. I just came across your blog and the first thing I wanted to ask was whether that was your kitchen, but then I read your comment. That kitchen does look amazing though!

  42. 42
    Lina says:

    your cheesecake pops are so yummy looking! I just joined daring bakers and ill be starting next month! yeay!

  43. 43
    L Vanel says:

    I loved your photo in the flower pot! Cute sprinkles too!

  44. 44
    Veronica says:

    How cute! Those look so delicious! What great photos…it looks almost as if you can grab it from the screen (and I wish I could!)

  45. 45
    chrismacd1 says:

    Your photos are beautiful and I love the decorations (so colorful) on your pops! Great job!

  46. 46
    Ally says:

    So cute to put them in the pots! Your photos are supberb!

  47. 47
    Heather says:

    Those look sooooo naughty, as is everything you make. Great job with the pics, cheesecake is my fav!

  48. 48
    Hess Fam says:

    Jenny, that is the cutest shower/wedding decoration and treat. I LOVE IT!

  49. 49
    Prudy says:

    Jenny:
    What a fun project. I think I’ll try them for my little girl’s birthday party in May. Colored sprinkles just scream birthday to me. I’ve got a new food blog going, so come and take a look. http://prudencepennywise.blogspot.com/
    Erin Mylroie

  50. 50
    Pamela says:

    beautiful! Love the presentation such a fun challenge

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