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How to Make Cake Pops

I have seen these cake pops all over the place, so I decided to give them a try and see if they taste as good as they look. 

If you haven't heard of them yet, they are little balls of cake on a stick dipped in chocolate or candy coating. They are really cute and can be customized to fit any baby shower by changing the colors. 

Now that I have tried them, I can also say they are delicious! Very sweet and rich, but they are only a few bites so it's not too much. I have to admit that I have been craving these ever since I tried them!

I will walk you through my experience making these cake pops and hopefully give you some tips to help yours turn out great.

What you'll need

  • 1 box cake mix {or 1 homemade cake}

  • 1 container frosting {16 oz.} or 2 cups homemade frosting

  • Candy melts or chocolate bark

  • Lollipop sticks

  • Small sheet of styrofoam

How To Make Cake Pops

First, make your cake according to the package directions and cool completely. It is very important that the cake is cooled or it will turn to a glue consistency when mixed with the icing (this happened to me the first time). I would even bake your cake the night before you want to make them, so it can cool overnight.

Next, crumble the cake into a large bowl. I grabbed handfuls of cake and crumbled it with my hands over the bowl. It should look something like this: {I used strawberry cake so they would be pink inside}

how to make cake pops

Then add about half of your container of frosting or 1 cup if using homemade. Mix with the back of a large spoon or use your hands. Add more frosting as needed, a little at a time. You want enough icing that it all holds together, but not too much that it is really sticky.

Be very careful that you don't add too much icing, or they will be very hard to roll into balls. If this happens, put your mixture in the fridge to let it firm up a little before rolling into balls.

While the mixture is chilling, line a cookie sheet with waxed paper or foil. Next, scoop out small spoonfuls of the cake and roll into balls with your hands and put on the lined cookie sheet. You can make them as big or as small as you like. I used a small ice cream scoop to make sure they were all the same size. 

how to make cake pops

I was able to get 44 cake balls with one box of cake mix.

Now, you need to melt a little of your candy melts or almond bark. Take a lollipop stick and dip the tip of it into the melted candy. Then, stick the dipped side of the lollipop stick into your cake ball {about halfway}. This will help the lollipop stick stay glued in the cake pop.

how to make cake pops

After you have added all the sticks, put them in the refrigerator for a few hours, or the freezer for 15-30 minutes until they firm up.

Now, melt the rest of your candy. You can do this by microwaving it in a bowl or using a double boiler.

Then, hold your cake pop by the stick and dip into the melted candy. Swirl around to coat the entire cake ball all the way up to the stick. Then gently tap the stick on the side of the bowl to get the excess off, so it is not dripping. I gently tapped right under the cake ball, turning it as I went to keep it smooth and even. This part takes a little practice, just find what works for you. Stick into your styrofoam and top with sprinkles if desired.

Wait for the outer shell to harden and they are done! Serve them on a pretty tray with the stick facing up. Tie a ribbon around the stick to make them extra cute.

baby shower cake pops

I followed the recipe and instructions from Bakerella. Visit her site to see some amazing cake pops and other fun desserts!

Tips I learned along the way:

Make sure your cake is completely cooled and don't add too much icing. If your hands get too sticky while rolling them into balls, rinse and dry them and start again.

Take your cake pops to be dipped out of the fridge in batches of 10 or so. By the time I was halfway through dipping, the last ones were getting too soft again and I had to put back in the freezer.

Re-heat the candy melts as needed. If it is too thick, it is harder to dip. I will try using a double boiler next time to keep it at the right consistency.

After you dip your cake pop, don't tap on the side of the bowl too hard {I lost several into the candy melts that way}.

Roll them in sprinkles, crushed candy or crushed cookies to cover any imperfections or dress them up.

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