How to Make Cake Pops

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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
Lollipop Sticks
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)

Directions:

Making Cake for Cake Pops1. Bake the cake according to the instructions on the back of the box.  Place the cake on a rack to cool briefly before moving on to step 2.

 

 

 

Crumbled Cake for Cake Pops2. Crumble the cake into fine particles in a bowl.  I must admit this was a pretty fun step, destroying the cake.

 

 

 

Rolling Cake Balls3. 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.

 

 

Cake Balls4. 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.

 

 

Dipping Cake Pops5. 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.

Making a Hole for the Cake Pop Stick6. Now on to the decorating!  Take your first cake ball.  Using a skewer poke a hole in the ball to use as a guide for the lollipop stick.

 

 

 

Inserting the Stick into the Cake Pop7. Dip the tip of the lollipop stick into the desired color of candy melt and insert into the guide hole.  The candy melt will help hold the stick in place once dry.

 

 

Coating Cake Pops8. 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.

Love Themed Cake Pop9. Add sprinkles quickly if desired as the candy melt dries very fast.  Swirling on a different color looks great too.

 

 

 

Cracked Cake Pop*Note: Be careful about getting the
cake balls too cold in the freezer, or it will crack
the candy melt coating when dipped…like this!

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