Cake Pop - How to Make Cake Pops, Recipes, Decorating and Design Ideas
Cake Pops are little miniature cakes that are displayed on a stick.
They are perfect for just about every occasion such as: Halloween parties, Birthday Parties, Christmas or Holiday Parties, Easter, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Weddings and just about any other occasion you can think of. All you need to do is be a little creative.
Cake pops are fairly easy to make and are they perfect to place on guests plates or given as favors when wrapped in plastic.
There are pretty much as many cake pop recipes as there are cake recipes. Some creative bakers even make them with chocolate chip cookies (though I have never tried those personally they look scrumptious).
Here are some awesome cake pop ideas, a basic cake pop recipe, automatic cake pop makers, cake pop supplies and more!
How to Make Cake Pops - Basic Cake Pop Recipe
As mentioned above there are as many creative ways to make cake pops as there are cake recipes.
The following recipe however is a simple basic cake pop recipe than can be made with regular yellow cake mix, a regular can of frosting (flavor of your choice), some melted chocolate or candy melts in your chosen color and lollipop sticks. You will also need something to stick your cake pops into after they are dipped. A sytrofoam block is preferable but a box with some small holes in it will suffice.
Step 1: Bake the cake according to directions on the box and let fully cool.
Step 2: Crumble cake into a bowl by either rubbing pieces of the cake against each other until you have used it all or you can crumb it with your hands.
Step 3: Add about 3/4 of the can of frosting to the crumbled cake. Start by mixing together with a spoon, but then use your hands until you have a play-doh like consistency.
Step 4: Grab about a tablespoon of the thickened cake with a round scooper or with your hands and roll into little balls.
Step 5: Place balls on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper and place in freezer for about 15 minutes. Then move to the refrigerator because you do not want to freeze it - you just want it to hold its shape.
Step 6: Melt your chocolate or candy melts in a pot or double boiler - make sure you do not burn.
Step 7: Dip a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate (about 1/2 inch) or candy melts and then insert the stick into one of the cooled cake balls. Only stick in about halfway. The melted chocolate helps hold the stick in.
Step 8: Dip the cake pop on a stick into the chocolate or melted candy melts. (Do not swirl around because this might break up cake.) Just dip it in until it entire ball is covered and meets the stick. Then lift gently, turn to a horizontal position and gently and slowly spin as excess chocolate drips off.
Step 9: When it is no longer dripping, place your pop into the styrofoam holder or box to let dry.
Step 10: Continue same procedure for the rest of the cake balls until they are all covered. Then place in refrigerator to cool. You can leave them in refrigerator until they are ready to be wrapped or ready to be served.
Cake Pop Makers - Automatic Cake Pop Makers and Cookers
While the "old-fashioned" way of making cake pops is simple enough (crumbling of cake and mixing with icing) there are now cake pop makers that make the baking of cake pops quicker and less messy.
These work especially well if you make cake pops often or have your own side business.
All you need to do is add one tablespoon of cake batter into each reservoir, close the lid and in 4 to 6 minutes your cake pops are done. Let cool and decorate as usual.
Decorating Cake Pops
There are tons of fun and creative ways to decorate Cake pops depending on the occasion and your creative abilities.
You can make them look like Christmas ornaments for Christmas or decorate them in Blue and White for Chanukah.
Dip them in white chocolate for weddings, or pastel colors for baby showers. You can use green food coloring for St. Patricks Day or Red for Valentine's Day.
There are even tons of fun ways to shape them! There are just so many endless options.
Here are a few books that focus solely on decorating Cake Pops. They are not only filled with brilliant and creative decorating ideas, but also easy to follow cake pop recipes that will have all of your friends or guests talking.
Cake Pop Supplies
The cake and frosting needed for cake pops can be easily picked up at your local supermarket, and the lollipop sticks, candy melts, scooper and Styrofoam block can be easily found at a local crafts store.
You can also purchase these items online which is sometimes cheaper and more convenient.
Here are a few items that will make cake pops a snap to make for any holiday or occasion.
Cake Pops - Bakerella Cake Pop Recipes - The Cake Pop Book
The following video was made by Bakerella. She is the author of the book Cake Pops listed to the right and has been featured on many television shows such as Martha Stewart.
In this video she also shows how to make the basic cake pop recipe similar to the recipe I listed above.
Her book is wonderful because it has so many creative ideas to make these great cake pops for all occasions.