This month (April) is World Autism Month.
Autism is a condition that affects 1 in 68 children in the USA. If you are a parent of a child with autism, you'll know how difficult life can be. Anything that can create awareness, insight and knowledge of this condition can make a world of difference to an autistic child.
We're happy to support World Autism Month and, in honor of it's 'Light It Up Blue' campaign, we've put together a blue-themed recipe that will be loved by all kids, autistic or not!
Blue Cake Lollipops:
Cake mix (enough to make 2 x 9 inch diameter cakes)
1/2 can of vanilla frosting
Melting / cooking chocolate
Blue food coloring
Sprinkles (we used white and pink heart shaped ones, but it's your choice!)
40 lollipop sticks
Follow the instructions on the back of the cake mix box, and make two 9 inch cakes.
Bake your cakes, and then allow them to cool.
Once cooled, mash both the cakes in a large mixing bowl.
Now, stir in about half a can of vanilla frosting.
Keep stirring the mixture until it is smooth in consistency, but 'sticky' enough to clump together.
Using clean hands, roll the mixture into one inch balls. You should be able to make about 40 balls.
Place the cake balls onto a baking sheet and place them in the fridge for 24 hours.
Melt your chocolate, either by placing into a microwave, and cooking for 30 seconds at a time, or by placing onto a metal plate and heating this over a saucepan of boiling water on the stove. Stir the chocolate to give it a smooth consistency.
Take out your cake balls from the fridge.
Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the chocolate, and then push it into a cake ball, about halfway through. Do this for each cake ball.
Take out a bowl and fill with sprinkles.
Take each cake lollipop and dip into the chocolate, and then sprinkles.
Place each cake lollipop back onto the baking sheet and put them in the fridge for 2 hours.
Watch your kids go 'blue' crazy for these!
There are many ways you can support awareness of Autism on World Autism Month. Check out how to get involved here!