Back in 2011, I got really into cake pops. This was before they were the cool thing to do, before everyone wanted a cake pop, before Starbucks had cake pops on tap. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was on Amazon putting the book Hello, Cupcake in my shopping cart when I stumbled upon a book called Cake Pops. Cake on a stick, you say? Madness! It can’t be done! Ahhh, but it can …
Four baking and craft stores, and $100, later I was ready to make my cake pops. You see, I was fresh out of grad school and my kitchen lacked key kitchen-y items like spatulas, cookie sheets, plastic wrap, and egg beaters. You know, stuff grown-up kitchens have. The cake pops forced me to invest in my kitchen. To put things into perspective, it was the first time I had ever made a cake without my mother doing most of the work. A cake from a box. I had never made cake from a box. It’s sad. I know.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A box of cake mix (and ingredients listed on the back of the box). Any flavor will do.
- A container of cake frosting. Pick a flavor that will work well with the cake mix you’ve chosen.
- A bag of candy melts (options from Wilton here)
- Wax paper
- 6 inch lollipop sticks (packets here)
- Sprinkles and other edible decorations
First, you make a cake. Whenever I make cake pops, I use cake mix from a box because it’s quick and easy. You can use any flavor cake mix you’d like. Before moving on, make sure to let it cool.
Second, you break the baked cake into big chunks and then crumble the cake into tiny bits of sugary goodness. Keep crumbling the cake until you’re left with a big bowl of crumbled cake. It’s kind of fun and great to do while watching TV or listening to a podcast.
Third, add about 2/3 of a container of cake frosting. It can be any flavor you want, so get creative. For example, yellow cake with lemon frosting tastes yum! Mash up the cake with the frosting until you get it to a sort of Play-Doh consistency.
Forth, grab chunks of the dough and roll them into small balls about the size of a ping pong ball. Line them all up on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper. They’ll look a lot like chocolate truffles.
Fifth, carefully melt candy melts (instructions from Craftsy here) in a cup or bowl and dip the dough balls in the melted candy with a spoon. Quickly place them back on the cookie sheet to try. They dry pretty fast.
If you want to make a legit cake POP, then you’ll need to attach a lollipop stick to the dough first using a little melted candy. The melted candy acts like glue, attaching the stick to the dough. Once dry, you can dip the ball into the melted candy using the stick.
Finally, decorate them! If you want to use sprinkles, you’ll have to add the sprinkles before the cake pops dry. If you want to decorate them with a different color candy melt, let them dry first and then have at it! Below are a couple neat things I’ve done with cake pops. They’re fun and easy to make, allow lots of room for creativity, and are always a hit. Have fun!