How to make cake pops!
Made famous by Bakerella and ubiquitous by Starbucks, cake pops are the latest trend in dessert culture.  Here I walk you through the steps to make your own cake pops at home!  Whether you use homemade or store-bought cakes and icing, you can still customize these adorable treats to your heart's content.  Decorate them for any occasion!  The process may be time consuming (be patient!) but the rewards are well worth the effort.

Step 1: Materials

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Hey, we tried this at home and found that donut holes (the round donuts, plain or glazed) worked just as well as making your own cake into balls. :) It was great! We made ducks/chicks because that's my boy's favorite animal... but then branched out into tigers, hedgehogs, and sunshines! Very fun craft/snack - I will be making more.
Oh Oh!! Please do post pictures if you have any! (if not, a good reason to make more!) I recommended donut holes to Cyan.sidy as well. I'm so glad it worked!
<p>really looking very yummy</p>
It worked great - so well, our son almost wouldn't eat these! He enjoyed cuddling the first ones for a while, then picked all the frosting off before biting it. :)
My chick pops for Easter turned out soo cute and delicious! I molded the wings out of the cake, Everyone loved them!
Once you have rolled all the cake mix into balls, place in refrigerator and chill for about 30 minutes. When the cake balls have been chilled, melt a small amount of the candy melts in a microwave safe bowl according to package directions. Take one of the sticks, dip about 1/2 inch of the end into the melted candy and stick it about half to three-quarters of the way through the cake ball. Don&rsquo;t go too far into the cake ball, or it will fall apart. The candy melts will help adhere the stick to the cake. <br>
I just started in June and having so much fun giving it as gifts and baby shower. Hope you like some of my creations! And they called it Puppy Love!
I'm wondering what you are using to make your decorations? (the ears, eyes, etc.) Is this just melted almond bark? and do you need to do this when you are putting on the initial coat of chocolate. I would love to try making some of these for my son's birthday party.<br>Thank you!
I use confetti for cakes that I find in stores. Some stores like Michaels have specialty confettis just for cake pops. I use that confetti for the cat ears. As for the drawn on eyes and whiskers, I used black candy writer and hand drawn it in with the tube it comes in. Gotta have steady hand. You can also use toothpicks for define marks like the puppy muzzle. You can buy the candy writer on amazon.com or you can go to Michaels and Chef Duff brand sales it. Another way is to get white candy melts and use wilton frosting color on it (feels like paint). Do not use regular coloring!
Thank you very much for the information - it is very helpful! Now I just hope I can do it myself!
No problem. If you have facebook, you can follow me and what I make on www.facebook.com/kaylahkreations and message me there for tips. Webpage is work in progress so I haven't post all my photos there yet hahaha. I don't always check this site.
I tried your link for facebook and it told me there was no such page. Is there another way I can find you there?
These are fantastic! How do you get your cake pops so perfectly round? mine always look a bit lumpy or off shape. Your's look amazing
I use cookie scooper or tablespoon so shape is the same. It takes practice to roll it with your palms. Try not to apply so much pressure and make sure your cake ball is moist with the frosting so it is easy to roll. Making the ball cold in the freezer or fridge before dipping to help maintain the shape. You can also check out my site if you want more tips. http://kaylahkreations.blogspot.com/
I was inspired too! Check out my chickies!<br>cakepopsicles.com
Thanks - here's our Thanksgiving turkey :)
I couldn't get my coating smooth no matter what I tried (melts or regular chocolate chips), even added a little bit of oil to try make it more loose but it didnt work, so I gave up trying to make the faces or cute chicks (so wanted to make the smiley faces! :( couldn't tho). So i settled for just dipped and decorated. Made these for last Christmas, everyone loved them.
&nbsp;&nbsp;ALL DONE! :)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;I had a bit of trouble getting the candy coating on, so it's really lumpy, but they taste good and I had fun making them. I can't wait to do them again with a homemade cake and some real decorating! Thanks! :)<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br />
my friend and i made these just for fun the other day but instead of cute chicks we made cute zombies, aliens and robots! we got the inspiration from the chick with its head cut off!! thanks for the great idea!!!
ha, cool
These are fantastic!!!! I would totally want to eat them.
Fantastic Instructable! Thanks so very much. I made a batch of 'pops' for my son's 6th birthday party tomorrow. I did half with a vanilla cake mix and the other half with a double choc cake mix. The candy coating has a 'mind of its own' (!) and I gave up trying to make it pretty, instead going for the maximum sugar content and any kind of sprinkles I could attach! The kids will love 'em anyway and it makes such a welcome change to the boring old cake served up at all the other kid parties! Thanks again :)
Oh my gosh!!! Those look so great! I love that you covered the block with aluminum foil. I bet they loved them!!
<p>How many cake pops does one box of cake mix make?</p>
<p>hey we tried this at home and found that donut holes (the round donuts, plain or glazed) worked just as well as making your own cake into balls.) it was great! we made ducks/chicks because that's my boy's favorite animal... but then branched out into tigers, hedgehogs, and sunshines! very fun craft/snack i will be making more<br></p>
<p>Just want to warn all of you that if you use frosting instead of candy melts it doesnt taste very good. (I was at a 4h event and it was one of the things that someone brought for snacks for everyone)</p>
I Love these!
Lol, I had to do it.
Haha that's great
Haha that's great!
Haha Awesome!
Lmao!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Almost peed my pants there!!!!!
how dare you. you made me laugh so hard i blacked out! UUUGGHHH!!!!!!
&nbsp;&nbsp;So saved to my funny picture section. Haha.
LMAO Thats awsome!!
Hi, <br> <br>Does ur chocolate coating melt easily? I want to wrap it and give it to someone but I found my white chocolate melt. <br> <br>Is it bcos I use e wrong type of chocolate?
You could also try using a small round ice cream scoop, or a cookie dough scoop to get it into similar -ish sizes
This is a good idea... again, not for me with the bad teeth, but the kids would love these.
Oh, my gosh. These are simply adorable!
I love the size of cake pops - very appropriate for kids without overdoing it on the sugar ... unless they eat 10. We had posted a link to the great bakerella Bluebird cake pop tutorial on <a href="http://thecupcakespot.net" rel="nofollow">thecupcakespot.net</a>. We'll post pictures soon of our efforts.
Cool! I look forward to seeing it.
I made each pop different for a Baby Shower. I tried to make them look like rattles. Suggest to those who say the pop falls off the stick... push stick into ball and then pull stick out... dip it into frosting and stick back in the hole. Also be sure to either freeze or refrigerate for minimum of two hours or more. Some melt brands seem to melt smoother then others. I had to throw out the white choc. melts I bought from the grocery store. The ones I bought at a candy store worked soooo much better! The temp. of the melted choc. makes all the difference too. Trying to reheat the melts in the microwave doesn't work too well. It burns so fast. I liked using the hot water under my bowl of melts like a double boiler. <br>These are easy once you get the hang of it!<br>Endless possibilities of decorating!
Thank you! This was something I was specifically wondering about. I seen other posts about all these issues and you covered them all! :)
Excellent tips. Would love to see pictures!

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