A few weekends ago we had a Bridal Shower party for one of my friends at work, so I took the opportunity to try my hand at making cake pops. Such a fun idea and they were a hit! I am not very versed in baking, so I wanted to keep it as simple as possible for my first try. Here is how I made it happen…
First, I gathered up all my ingredients. I over shot it a bit, thinking I would need to make two cakes and getting five bags of candy melts, but I have plenty of supplies now to make another round of cake pops!
I ended up making about 35 cake pops with the following ingredients:
1 Box Classic White Duncan Hines® Cake Mix (cake made according to directions on the box)
1/2 Container Betty Crocker® Whipped White Frosting
Plastic Decorating/Piping Bags
Assorted Sprinkles for Decoration
Candy Melts (I probably only used 1 or 1 1/2 bags worth, but opened 4 bags for color and flavor varieties)
3. Mix in frosting to make a manageable, moist dough. I used about 1/2 of the container to get a consistency that sticks together nicely, but not to wet and sticky. This is most easily (and messily) done by rolling up your sleeves and using your hands.
4. Roll the dough into small balls. This mix made about 35 balls of approximately 3/4 inch in diameter. Place the balls on an un-greased baking sheet. Pop them into the freezer for about 5 to 10 minutes to make them easier to work with.
5. While the cake balls are in the freezer, prepare the candy melts. Pour about 1/3 to 1/2 bag of candy melts into a microwave-safe container. Microwave at 60% power for 1 minute, stir, and microwave for an additional 30 seconds to a minute until completely melted. Repeat for each additional color/flavor. If you have piping bags, toss a handful in the bag and microwave in the same manner as above to be able to swirl on color while decorating.
8. Holding by the stick, dip the ball into the melted candy melts, using a spoon and swirling around to make sure evenly coated. Slowly lift the cake pop out of the candy melt holding upside down to allow excess coating to drip off. This is important to ensure that the candy melt does not drip down the stick or glob off leaving an ugly appearance. Stick it into a small piece of Styrofoam to hold it up while decorating & drying. I had a separate piece of Styrofoam to use as the display stand.