As ironic as it might sound, I’m not the biggest fan of cake. Yes, I work with the stuff all day but there are too many delicious treats that rank a bit higher on my list and are therefore eaten first. That being said, cake pops are adorable and quite good and super fun to make!
Here’s what you need for this treat – keep in mind some of this is optional depending on how you want to decorate and finish your pops: cake and icing (now I’m a bit lazy so I just use box cake mix and icing but please feel free to be ambitious and make your own), white chocolate for dipping, food coloring, sprinkles, lollipop sticks (I got 30 for a couple bucks at Michaels), and a way to package/store/display them.
Our first step here is to follow some directions and bake your cake. When it’s out and cooled off, take a fork (or your hands – it’s gonna get messy eventually, might as well dive in!) and scrape at it to basically turn in into a big pan of crumbs. Pour your demolished cake into a big bowl and add a couple spoonfuls of icing.
Stir this up and add more icing if needed until the consistency is so when you squeeze a bit between your fingers, it stays. Next you just make whatever shapes you want! Of course, balls of cake are the easiest but come on – it was Valentine’s Day so you know I had so make some hearts! I like to use a small ice cream scoop so they’re all the same size. (this is also a trick I use when baking cookies)
Shape all your little pops and place on a baking sheet with parchment so they don’t stick, then slide in your lollipop sticks and throw it all in the freezer for a couple hours. Next melt your white chocolate (or milk or dark if you prefer) either in a double boiler or the microwave on 30 second intervals. All you have to do now is dip your pops!
If you want to decorate with sprinkles, you’ll need to do it before the chocolate hardens and dries. Now there’s the challenge of where to put them to dry. I’ve found that a big cake pan filled with rice and a cooling rack holds them pretty well! Just slide them between the slots and the rice keeps them from falling over. After they’re all dipped and dry, I mix the remaining chocolate with some food coloring and pour it into a little piping bag to decorate the un-sprinkled ones.
All that’s left is to package them up (I also got these little bags at Michaels) and send them out to be eaten!
I think these would be adorable for a baby shower, you could dye the cake inside green for St. Patty’s, and of course, very cute for kids’ birthdays. I know there are a lot of steps and it may seem a bit daunting but they’re so fun when finished and people sure are impressed by these!