Homemade Cake Pops

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In this Instructable I will show you how to make cake pops. This homemade cake pop recipe is very easy to make, using very few ingredients. There is something cool about a ball of cake covered in chocolate on top of a lollipop stick. Here is a bit of history about the cake pop. Angie Dudley aka Bakerella (cool name right?), came up with the cake pop in 2008 in Georgia, United States. And so many people are glad she did. Now 11 years later, they can be found at restaurants, supermarkets, and of course there are plenty of at-home bakers making these delightful treats. Instead of giving a bouquet of flowers, maybe give a bouquet of cake pops! They are really easy to make, if I can do it, you can do it, let's get started!

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Follow the easy steps below or watch the video tutorial or do both. :)

Step 1: Ingredients/Tools

Ingredients

  • 1 cake mix box of your favorite cake (plus necessary ingredients listed on back of box) Or use your favorite homemade cake recipe.
  • approx. 1/3 cup of frosting (your favorite kind)
  • candiquik
  • candy melts (so many different colors available)

Tools:

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Step 2: Break Up That Cake!

"I am sorry cake, I love you, but it is time for a break up."

After you bake your cake in whatever pans you want to use, it really doesn't matter, break it up in a large bowl. Alternatively a little trick I learned is you can put the cake in a heavy duty zip lock bag and break it up in there. We want to get the crumbs pretty fine. I am using only half of the cake, which makes 12 to 13 cake pops. Another thing you can try is using a hand mixer or stand mixer. If using the stand mixer, use your paddle attachment. Be aware, some cake bits, might want to pull a superman and fly out of the bowl. :)

Step 3: Frosting Time

Now we add in our favorite frosting. I am just using a store bought white frosting. Start with one large heaping Tablespoon worth of frosting, which really is about 2 or 2 1/2 Tbsp. (approx. 35g or so). You can always add a little more later. IF using the full cake you will probably use about 1/3 of a cup. Now dive in there with your hands and mix the frosting with the cake bits. Or again, you can use your mixer. :) You want to add the mixture to resemble play dough, once it is all mixed together, meaning it stays together when you smush it together, haha.

Step 4: Roll Out Them Cake Balls

Now we need to grab some cake mixture and make it into a ball. I usually use a Tablespoon and measure out two Tablespoons worth, which make a decent sized cake ball. Knead the cake mix a little bit in your hand, then use your palms to roll it into a ball. Next place it on a parchment paper lined baking tray or plate.

*I will also note, make sure your hands are clean. :)

Step 5: Melt, Dip, Stick, Smooth, Chill

Now we need to melt some of our candiquik, candy melts, or chocolate chips/bars. I have used all three types, I really like the consistency that melted candiquik gives. You can't go wrong with candy melts though. Or even using your favorite kind of chocolate. I use the microwave to melt the candiquik. I either use the defrost setting on bursts of like 45 seconds then stir, or use the hi setting and do bursts of 30 seconds and then stir, until the chocolate is nice and melted, you may also use the double boiler method. After that dip your treat stick into the candiquick, about 3/4 of an inch, then stick it into your cake ball, about the same far. Don't poke it too far, we don't want it coming out the other side. Now you can smooth out the chocolate that you like with your finger, purely for aesthetics. Now place those in a piece of styrofoam or a cake pop stand, and then into the fridge they go for 10 minutes. This will help the chocolate firm up and give some stability to the cake ball.

*Note if you pick the cake ball up and turn it over you will have a little flat part which is a great place to stick your lollipop stick.

Step 6: Dip, Turn, Tap

Once our cake pops have firmed up it is dipping time! Melt more chocolate, I usually only do one color/flavor at a time. If you are using a more shallow bowl, tilt the bowl of chocolate, then dip your cake pop into it. Use a spoon to cover the ball if needed. Now rotate the cake stick, and gently tap the stick with your finger, this will allow the excess chocolate to drip off, and rotating insures a nice smooth covering. You may also use a deeper more narrow glass like I am doing with the pink candy melts. With these you can usually just dip straight down and come up with it, then do the rotating and tapping. Once done place your cake pop back into the styrofoam or cake pops stand and let the chocolate set. If using traditional chocolate you may want to put them in the fridge for a few minutes to help the setting process. If not, by the time you are done dipping the last one, most of the others will have completely set.

Step 7: Decorate and Serve

Now we get to decorate these little cake pops. :) I chose to just drizzle different flavors on the top, using a bit of chocolate in a plastic bag with the corner snipped. You can use a professional piping bag with tips as well. If you want to stick different candies or nuts on it, you will want to do it shortly after dipping before the chocolate sets completely. And there you go, cake pops! :)

Step 8: Video Tutorial

Now check out those steps in action by watching the video tutorial. :)

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Italiankiwiblog

8 weeks ago

These look so fabulous! You're right that they would make a great present. I have never seen anything like that 'candyquick'. It always intrigues me to discover these amazing baking ingredients that you can buy in North America! Does it set hard?

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LenaElatbash

4 months ago

Wow just wow this is absolutely AMAZING! I tried it and I loved it! Thank you!

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AnjaliB7

4 months ago

This is very innovative and looks delicious <3
Will definately try this :)
Thank you Matt for this pretty delish ♥

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Alaskan Bev

5 months ago on Step 8

Perfectly lovely, Matt, as always. And I actually believe you on this one - I'll just bet I can do them, too! Your photos are perfect Great job - thanks!

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Penolopy Bulnick

5 months ago

I just LOVE to eat cake pops! (But I hate making them, they fail half the time for me)

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Hi ulriceri, give them a try again following mine and see if they turn out any different. If the cake balls have trouble staying together, you might just need to add another heaping tablespoon of frosting to the cake. They should wind up looking nice and smooth like they do in the pictures and video. :) Then make sure to chill them after putting the sticks in. Then try a nice runny chocolate like the candiquik. :)

Most often I'll make the mix too sticky, too much frosting, but then yeah my other big issue is them not wanting to stay on the stick while I'm trying to dip them. Then there is the whole dipping consistency. I always end up with something too thick which aids in them falling off :P

Yeah that definitely can happen. Stop adding so much frosting...hehe ;) Also try out the candiquik sometime, I find those work better then candy melts. Of if you do use candy melts, wilton makes a product called EZthin, which helps thin it out, or a tiny bit of vegetable shortening is supposed to help. Candiquik is my favorite though.