Seems like you can’t throw a kid’s birthday party nowadays without these trendy little treats. And it’s not hard to figure out why: they’re bite sized, adorable, and down-right delish!
Want to make some for your baby’s next celebration? Or, what about skipping the boxed chocolates this *Valentine’s Day and whipping these up for your sweetie instead?! Here’s how we make ours…
What you’ll need:
- Candy melts (tons to choose from at Michaels Arts & Crafts or Joann’s).
- Any decorative sugars, sprinkles, etc.
- Lollipop sticks (long or short, but I prefer short since these are top heavy, but if you’re going to use a tall display, like a vase or something, then long sticks would be the way to go).
- Foam blocks (the kind used for floral arrangements/craft projects — Dollar Tree has them for, you guessed it, a dollar, or you can grab some while you’re at Michaels or Joann’s getting candy melts).
- Small plastic baggies (yes, Michaels & Joann’s have these).
- Curling ribbon or twist ties.
- Bake a cake (whatever flavor you like, you can even use a boxed mix). For the purposes of this blog, we used the recipe for Hershey’s perfect chocolate cake and it turned out wonderfully. Hint: if you want a thicker, moister cake, use buttermilk instead of regular milk. Note: what you see here is actually only one, round 7″ cake pan’s worth of cake (we just wanted a small batch of cake pops – got 16 pops in total from this, but a whole recipe will make you twice that or more). I’m making this note because it also means we used less icing to compensate for a smaller batch. Just sayin’, as you will likely be using your whole cake recipe to make these and will, therefore, need more icing than what we used. OK. Continuing on…
- Let the cake cool and then crumble it.
- Mix your crumbled cake with icing (any icing you want, canned is fine, but here we made a half batch of Wilton’s buttercream vanilla — so yummy). Tip: we happened to have buttermilk in the fridge, leftover from baking the cake, and again used it in place of the milk in Wilton’s icing recipe. Makes the icing extra creamy. Yes, this part gets messy, but it’s also really fun!
- Roll the cake/icing mix into balls as best you can, about 1.5 inches wide. You don’t want them too big, or else they will be too heavy for the sticks. Tip: wash your hands every 4 or 5 cake balls you make because the mix will start sticking to your hands and prevent you from rolling them properly.
- Place the cake balls on a cookie sheet and let them set either A) in the fridge for 2-3 hours or B) in the freezer for 30-60 minutes.
- Heat your candy melts in the microwave as instructed on the bag. I found adding about a tablespoon of canola oil helped the melts thin out a bit.
- Get your cake balls out; they should be nice and cold and, therefore, pretty solid.
- Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the candy melt and insert it into a cake ball, about half-way into the cake.
- Holding the end of the stick, dip the cake ball into your candy melt. Make sure to let excess drip off of the cake ball; I like to tap it gently on the side of the glass to help the excess fall off.
- Put the stick into the foam block; drizzle the top of the cake ball with a little more candy melt (for texture) or a second melt flavor/color if you’re feeling extra fancy. If you want to put any decorative sugars or sprinkles on top, now is the time before the candy hardens.
That’s it! Let them dry, maybe back in the fridge for a bit so they set and harden nicely, and then you can put the little baggies over each one and tie-off with a piece of curled ribbon. These are fantastic party favors, too, and great for guests who have to leave before you cut the birthday cake.
By the way, if you’re in the Los Angeles area and planning an event, we can make these for you, along with booking/planning other aspects of your party, especially children’s entertainment (it’s our specialty). *We can even have one of our character performers deliver some to your love-bug on Valentine’s Day! Now that’s a telegram I’d be thrilled to get. Contact us at Papillons Entertainment for more info.
For more inspiration, here’s the original blog post that I consulted to make these: http://www.abeautifulmess.com/2012/02/how-to-make-cake-pops.html
Thanks for reading and happy cake-popping!