Similar to cupcakes, cake pops recently had their 15 minutes of fame. And for good reason. Not only are they preciously cute and dainty but they are also a perfect bite of dessert. I think that arranging cake pop bouquets in mason jars or other small vases is the only way to present these beauties.
Despite how much I love cake pops and presenting them at any event, I continuously vow to never make them again each time I do. They are fairly time consuming and tedious but I have finally gotten them down to an art. I either cut off the top of my cakes to create a flat layer and use the extra to make a few cake pops or use my cake pop pan (one of the more brilliant baking inventions in my opinion) if I am only making cake pops.
Make sure you have a chunk of time, an apron and pull your hair back when making these, as I generally end up with candy coating all over!
- cake of choice (I used the tops of white and red-velvet cakes)
- cream-cheese frosting softened
- candy sticks or fun paper straws
- candy coating (I used “Vanilla Almond Bark” as it is the only candy coating I can find locally)
- Place your cake of choice into a medium to large bowl. No need to be pretty here.
- Scoop a large spoonful of frosting into the bowl. Start small and slowly add frosting mixing until mixture forms a large ball. Generally your hands work best for this as it is quite sticky.
- Wash your hands. Using a tablespoon or simply eye-ball it, scoop out a large tablespoon size ball of the dough/frosting mixture.
- Roll ball until smooth and shaped into a cake pop sized ball.
- Place onto a prepared pan with freezer/wax paper. Continue making cake pops out of the dough/frosting mixture.
- Once finished, place pan into freezer for ~5 minutes.
- While your cake pops are hardening, melt candy coating. (I find the easiest way is to use a glass bowl and melt in the microwave for easier cleanup).
- Once the candy coating is melted, take cake pops out of the freezer.
- Individually dip candy sticks into candy coating ~1 cm and place into top of each cake pop.
- Again freeze cake pops with candy sticks for ~5 minutes or until hard again.
- Individually dip cake pops into candy coating. Gently tap sticks against side of bowl to remove excess coating and until smooth.
- When almost dry and the candy coating is losing the glassy appearance, sprinkle candy coating with sprinkles, chocolate, candy coating drizzle, etc.
- Place upright to dry. A cardboard box cut with a knife works well to hold the sticks.
- Once completely dry, place cake pops into a mason jar or other jar to display!
Cake pops are slightly tedious but such a crowd pleaser at any party. They are a perfect bit-sized dessert and kids absolutely adore them! Another fun twist is to use patterned paper straws instead of candy sticks. They just add to the fun of cake pops!