Monday, March 21, 2011

How To Make Cake Pops

The first time I had a cake pop was at my friend Jennifer's wedding last year. Since then, cake pops have exploded in popularity, and they can now even be found at your local Starbuck's. Not only are they cute, they're also perfectly moist and perfectly portioned for when you just want a little something sweet. Best of all, they're surprisingly easy to make. (Thanks to my cousin Denise for the cake pop tutorial!)

1. You're going to need one whole cake. You can either bake a cake from scratch (which might feel like a big shame once you get to step 2), bake one from a cake mix, or buy one from a bakery. (This one is from Costco). You can use any flavor cake you'd like.

2. In a big bowl, use your hands and mash the cake, mixing in 1 can of frosting as you go. If you're using an already frosted cake, no additional frosting is needed. The consistency should be mashed-potato like, only stickier. Like you just mashed an entire cake up and threw in a can of frosting.

3. Take a small scoop of mashed cake.

4. Roll it into a ball in the palm of your hands.

5. Repeat until all your mashed cake has been formed. Place your cake balls on a baking sheet. Chill for at least 2 hours or overnight for best results.

6. After the cake balls have chilled, decide what flavor candy melts you want to coat your cake pops with. We used chocolate and vanilla with sprinkles. Melt the candy according to the package directions. It's important to not overheat the candy melts because that will cause all kinds of problems and frustration and probably a little bit of cursing.

7. Take a lollipop stick and dip the tip of one end into the melted candy. Push the cake ball halfway onto the stick.

8. Dip the cake ball into the melted candy, using a spoon to help you coat it.

9. Gently knock off any excess candy coating by holding the cake pop over the bowl in one hand at a 45 degree angle and tapping it against your other hand. Stick the cake pops into a piece of styrofoam so the candy coating can harden. (It only takes a few minutes). These can be stored in tupperware at room temperature for a few days.
And if you don't want to bother with lollipop sticks, or if you didn't chill your cake balls long enough and they fall off their sticks completely, you can make cake truffles instead of cake pops. Really, they taste just as good :)


Rachel said... You'll be glad you did! ;)

Sobrina Tung said...

Thanks Rachel :) I think my cousin learned from her book!

Nathalie said...

Thanks for revealing the mystery behind cake pops. Love the semi-homemadeness of it.

OccasionalSugar said...

Cool post! I always thought cake balls tasted way too raw but I never understood it was because there is actually frosting mashed in with the cake!

Breenuh said...

I'm making these for a friend's bridal shower next month. I hope mine turn out as pretty as yours!

theeclecticlife said...

I'm so thankful to see you walk through this process with us. I've been wanting to make cake balls for some time, but have been pretty intimidated. Thanks for the tutorial!

Lillian (Unstitched.) said...

How fun! Those look so delicious! :)

So glad you found my blog so that I could find yours! I have a feeling we would be such good friends, seeing what your interests are! ;) Looking forward to following along now! :)

J. Kettlehake said...

Wow! Cake Pops! Thanks for the "how to" Now I know exactly what kind of cake I want for my next birthday.

alison*elle said...

Cake pops are so cute and tasty (thought so very sweet!) Thanks for showing us the process step-by-step :)

xo, alison*elle

Sobrina Tung said...

Let me know if anyone makes them how they turned out! :)

Han said...

Amazing! I didn't know they were so easy! I can't wait to try some!

Sashee said...

These look amazing!!!!!!

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