Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My First Attempt at Cake Pops

Funfetti Cake Pops

Red Velvet Pops
 A couple of weeks ago I made cake pops for the first time for my guy's bday BBQ. They were really fun to make and everyone loved them. They are simple to make, but just takes some time to go through all the steps. It took me about 2 hours to make all the pops over an 8 hour period, including prep, baking, cooling, and refrigerating.

Here's what I used
 All you need is cake mix and frosting from the grocery store, candy melts (bought at Michaels), and lollipop sticks. I bought the Wilton Cake Pop book from Michaels which has all the basic steps, multiple recipes, and decorating ideas. I found this to be a great resource, and would highly recommend purchasing if you want to make some cake pops.

Basically all you do is bake a cake, crumble it, add frosting to the crumbled cake, roll that mixture into the ball, refrigerate, dip in candy melts, and decorate. Here are some photos of the process.


Baked Funfetti cake

Red Velvet

Add cake to the mixer (dry)

Mix and doesn't take too long to crumble

Add frosting and use mixer to mix it

This is how it looks, kind of like cookie dough

Rolled out balls

Melted candy melts in the microwave
 After all the balls are rolled it is time to add the lollipop sticks. I dipped one end of the lollipop stick into melted candy melts and then inserted into the cake ball, maybe like halfway through. I did this to all the balls and then refrigerate for about an hour to ensure the melted candy harden and attached to the lollipop stick well. This was a tip in the Wilton book.

With the sticks

Another view with the sticks
 After about an hour I removed and swirled the cake pops in melted candy melts. This gave the pops a hard candy shell. In the beginning I found that candy melts were really thick and it wasn't easy to move them through the bowel of candy melts. I read online you can add a little vegetable oil to thin it out and this seemed to to the trick.

For some of the pops I added sprinkles or candies right after I dipped them in the candy melts. This way the candy melts were still soft and the sprinkles adhered and didn't fall off. And another trick in the book and that I read online was to place the finished pops in a Styrofoam block. Keeps them upright and easy to serve them on this as well.





These were really fun to make and looking forward to making them again. There are some great decorating ideas online and in the Wilton book.

Thanks for stopping by and please email me with any questions. As always please leave a comment if you would like, and till next time....

5 comments:

  1. Wow Beau! You are one talented guy! These look amazing! We have a party coming up at work in a couple of weeks and I think these would be great to do up as pumpkins! Thanks so much for sharing! I learn something new and amazing with every post!

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  2. Beau, I always wanted to try these and now you have inspired me. I was just thinking wouldn't these cake pops be cute for Halloween if they were decorated as spiders on a stick(with licorice legs) or maybe even eyeballs on a stick. Too cute. I think I could come up with a bunch of ideas. Thanks for this post.
    Lysa

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  3. I came over here to see your fabulous Buccaneer LO and found these first! I think yours came out beautiful!

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  4. I should not have scrolled down your page.
    These look so good. I am up late with heart burn and now I want these, yummy.
    I have yet to make these.

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  5. These look yummy! I wondered how these were made? Now I know. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

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