Monday, June 4, 2012

Cake Pops-Tutorial

If you only knew how simple these were.  I had never made cake pops before but have heard all the talk about them lately.  And now since I've made them I know why people are raving about them.  They are simple to make and delicious (like addiction forming delicious).  One thing though is you need to set time aside to make them and maybe have a tad bit of patience.  My youngest sister helped me make 3 dozen of these beauties for my younger sister's baby shower.  Once we got an assembly line formed it moved nicely.
What you need:
  • One box of cake mix
  • One container of ready-made frosting (not whipped)
  • 2-3 lbs. of candy coating/melts/bark/wafers (found in the baking aisle of your local craft store)
  • Lollipop Sticks
  • Decorative Sprinkles, Balls, Candies, etc.
  • Syrofoam block
1.  Bake a 9x13 cake according to instructions on cake box.  Let cool completely.  Can be done the day before and covered tightly overnight. 
2.  Make cake crumbs.  The easiest and most efficient way to do this is to cut cake into quarters.  Place two of the quarters in your hands and rub them together over a large bowl.  Repeat with the other two quarters.  Instant crumbles!  Go through the crumbled cake and make sure every bit is finely crumbled. ***Note:  For light colored cakes, trim off any brown edges to achieve the same color cake throughout cake pop and get rid of unattractive brown bits.

3.  Add Frosting.  The ratio I used was a scant 3/4 container frosting to 1-9x13 boxed cake.  Start out by adding 1/2 of the container of frosting to the crumbled cake and mix together with a large spoon.  Add a few more dollops until the mixture can form a ball and hold its shape.  Make sure it isn't too moist or it will not stay on the stick! 
4.  Start Rolling!  For consistency in size, use a cookie scoop and roll cake mixture into balls.  Set on a waxed or parchment lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate for two hours until firm. 
5.  Place Candy Melts into a microwave safe plastic bowl and melt in the microwave.  Make sure microwave setting is at 50% and melt in 30 second intervals, stirring between times.  Once the candy has melted, now you can dip. Pull four cold cake balls out of the refrigerator.  Dip 1/4 inch of the lollipop stick into the melted candy.  Insert stick into the bottom of the cake ball, making sure you only insert it to the middle of the ball.  Dip cake ball into the candy coating making sure it is covered completely.  The tiniest hole in the coating can cause the cake pop to crack once it hardens.  You can use a toothpick to cover any holes.  Place in Styrofoam blocks to dry upright.
6.  Decorate!  Sprinkle on candies.  Melt some more candy & drizzle the top of the pops!  And now enjoy & eat them!

source:  Cake Pops by:  Bakerella


Mama Pea said...

I have a cake pop maker, and this is very different from that. I have a hard time getting the chocolate candies to be the right consistency. I might try this one sometime and see how it works out. Thanks for the tutorial!

Heidi Hawyes said...

I love cake pops - and like you i had seen the craze (i had even bought bakerella's book) but i had never actucally made them until recently - they are the best hey! Great tutorial - it really shows how easy they are!

Madison Thorpe said...

Thanks for that great tutorial and for the tips... I've been wanting to make these forever, now I'll have the guts to actually do it :)
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