Cake Pops! Tips for Beginners.
I adore cake pops!
Because… really… what could be better than a bite-sized morsel of cake dunked in chocolate? And then maybe adorned with sprinkles?!
They are delicious and pretty and cute; but until this past weekend, I had never tried to make them.
I wanted to practice for an upcoming event or two, so I read and researched and asked around and gave them a whirl this past weekend.
They are really not that difficult, but there are a few tricks to success. I thought I would provide a few tips that helped make mine turn out delicious and beautiful! At least that is the consensus I got from the party I took them to as “practice” pops.
To make cake pops, bake a cake mix – whatever you favorite flavor is. Then follow these tips for success.
- Freeze cake – even if overnight. It allows you to plan ahead and also adds to the moisture of the cake. Simply place baked cake – crumbled, broken pieces, or all in one piece – in a large Ziploc bag in the freezer.
- 1 boxed cake mix makes approximately 3 dozen cake balls.
- When ready to assemble, defrost the cake and crumble to fine crumbs with your hands in the bag.
- Add only enough frosting (ready made works perfect) to add a bit of “glue” for forming and holding balls together. I used 1 heaping tablespoon – that is it! This allows your cake balls to truly taste like cake.
- Scoop crumb mixture with a small scoop to form uniformly-sized 1 inch balls. Then roll with your hands to round ball.
- Melt chocolate candy melts in microwave in a deep cup that is not too wide to allow for ease of dipping. It only takes 1 1/2 – 2 minutes.
- Dip tips of sticks into candy melts and insert into cake balls.
- Refrigerate or freeze for at least a half hour or several hours.
- Remelt chocolate at 30 second intervals until desired consistency.
- Dip cake balls on sticks into chocolate candy melts. Allow excess to drain.
- Place on parchment paper if using with stick up, and sprinkle with jimmies or edible glitter.
- Stick into styrofoam if using cake ball up and decorate as desired.
- Make ahead up to 3-5 days if needed – no more than 7 days. (there are horror stories of moldy cake balls made too far ahead of time)
- I found this site – Heavenly Cake Pops – to be extremely informative.
Have fun and enjoy!
Cheers & Hugs,