I’ve been getting enough inquiries into how to make cake pops that I decided it was time for a tutorial. My very first!
Cake pops are a major labor of love. They’re time consuming, tedious and often times frustrating. But the result is that oh so sweet little dessert that’s sure to impress. Hopefully these steps will help you make your very own pops.
1. Bake a sheet cake and crumble. I did this by hand, but it can be done with a food processor. Unfortunately mine broke. (This would make a good birthday gift. Cough cough.)
2. Mix in about 2/3 a can of frosting. I don’t use the whole jar because then the cake will most likely fall off the stick when dipping. Don’t be afraid to get your hands in there!
3. Form into balls. I then let them sit in the freezer for half hour or in the fridge for multiple hours. This way they are firm and don’t fall of the stick when you dip them.
4. Okay, now the dipping part. This is where it gets complicated good. I use Wilton Candy Melts because they’re the most readily available and cheap. Here’s the key: microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between.
And listen up- I add a dollop of Crisco to the melts before microwaving. The candy melts can be way too thick, and this really makes the dipping step MUCH easier.
5. Dip the tip of your lollipop stick into the candy melts and then put it about half way into your cake ball and let sit for a couple of minutes. This is an important step and will help ensure that the cake ball doesn’t fall off the stick while being dipped.
6. Submerge the cake ball all the way down into the melts. Do not swoosh it around in the melts or it will fall off the stick. I’ve found the best way to coat it is just rock it back and forth.
7. Remove and tap your wrist to get any excess melts off. Do not shake or tap the stick directly or the cake will fall off the stick.
8. Decorate as desired and put in a styrofoam block to dry. I’ve started to use these because they’re cheaper.
If you haven’t already seen Bakerella’s video, it’s a must see. Best of luck!