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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.


 
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Just to make it a bit easier, I've provided links to everything I used in this recipe - or something similar!

Tools:

Ingredients:


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Step 2: Bake a Cake and Mash it Up

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Either make your favorite from-scratch recipe or follow the instructions on the box.
I chose strawberry. I thought pink would be cute. Next time I'm sticking with chocolate.

Once your cake is cooled - really cooled - crumble it up into a bowl.
Stir in your jar (or homemade) frosting, a little at a time. Once it reaches a nice consistency that will cling together when you roll it in a ball, you're there.

Stick it in the fridge.

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myluv4julz2 years ago
My chick pops for Easter turned out soo cute and delicious! I molded the wings out of the cake, Everyone loved them!
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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’t go too far into the cake ball, or it will fall apart. The candy melts will help adhere the stick to the cake.
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foxcxlaydee3 years ago
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!
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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.
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?
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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/
halley3 years ago
I was inspired too! Check out my chickies!
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makendo3 years ago
Thanks - here's our Thanksgiving turkey :)
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S1893 years ago
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.
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komecake4 years ago
  ALL DONE! :)
 
 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! :)



 
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alucci2125 years ago
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!!!
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ha, cool
scoochmaroo (author)  alucci2125 years ago
These are fantastic!!!! I would totally want to eat them.
starmanz5 years ago
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 :)
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scoochmaroo (author)  starmanz5 years ago
Oh my gosh!!! Those look so great! I love that you covered the block with aluminum foil. I bet they loved them!!
elg19735 years ago
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.
scoochmaroo (author)  elg19735 years ago
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!
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. :)
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waggy1017 months ago

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)

I Love these!
Koryu5 years ago
Lol, I had to do it.
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Haha that's great
Haha that's great!
kwong10 Koryu2 years ago
Haha Awesome!
Shany120 Koryu3 years ago
Lmao!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Almost peed my pants there!!!!!
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how dare you. you made me laugh so hard i blacked out! UUUGGHHH!!!!!!
komecake Koryu4 years ago
  So saved to my funny picture section. Haha.
red-king Koryu4 years ago
 hehehehe.....
LMAO Thats awsome!!
ROFLMAO!!!
Nikki213 Koryu5 years ago
LOL!!
cpoh2 years ago
Hi,

Does ur chocolate coating melt easily? I want to wrap it and give it to someone but I found my white chocolate melt.

Is it bcos I use e wrong type of chocolate?
Apxeon2 years ago
You could also try using a small round ice cream scoop, or a cookie dough scoop to get it into similar -ish sizes
JDMac1742 years ago
This is a good idea... again, not for me with the bad teeth, but the kids would love these.
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