How-To Make Cake Pops

Cake pops are a cute and popular alternative to a traditional cake. The convenience of this cake on a stick makes them perfect for children’s parties and bite size dessert buffets. And with unlimited decorating options, they can be made for any occasion. More difficult cake pops can be time-consuming but a basic cake pop can be accomplished quite easily.

Pops consist of crumbled cake and icing and are usually dipped in melted candy coating. Different combinations of cake and icing flavors are used just as they are in traditional cakes. The cake mixture can be rolled into a ball shape or hand molded into more specific shapes. Plastic or paper sucker sticks or straws are generally used to hold the pops and makes displaying them easy. Follow the basic steps below for making these irresistible treats.

1) Start off by shredding the cake. The cake can be warm or room temperature, denser cake works best. Use a fork to help shred the cake.

2) Add a small amount of icing to the crumbled cake. Start with a spoonful and add more if necessary. You only need enough to bind the cake together. If too much icing is added, the cake mixture will be difficult to shape and the pops may fall away from the stick.

3) Test the cake mixture to see if it is ready by squeezing a small amount in your hand. When the cake holds the shape of your fist, it is ready to be molded.

4) Roll the cake mixture into balls or form it into specific shapes. Place the cake balls into the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes to firm up.

5) Dip one end of a sucker stick into melted candy coating. Insert the dipped end into the cake ball and let set until the chocolate is dry.

6) Dip the cake pop into the melted candy coating. Make sure that the cake is completely covered.

7) While the candy coating is still wet, add sprinkles or any other candy pieces to embellish the cake pop.

8) Details can be piped on using a parchment bag filled with melted candy coating.

9) Set the pop in a stand or into a piece of styrofoam to finish drying.

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