Studio 5 Party, Holiday and Idea Contributor Alisa Bangerter explains how to have fun with cake pops.
Basic Cake Pops
• 1 cake mix (bake as directed on box)
• 1 can of frosting (16 oz.)
• candy melts or almond bark
• sprinkles, crushed nuts, crushed candy, etc. for decorating (optional)
• lollipop sticks
• Styrofoam block
1. Crumble baked cake into a large bowl, until fine.
2. Add can of frosting to cake and mix well (you may need to use your hands).
3. Let mixture chill for a few minutes. (I have found it is easier to work with if it sits and chills for about 10 minutes.)
4. Roll mixture into approximately 1″ balls.
5. Let balls chill in refrigerator or place in freezer for several hours or overnight.
6. Insert a lollipop stick in each ball (you may need to dip end of stick in the melted almond bark before adding it to ball to help the stick hold).
7. Melt the candy melts or almond bark. (If too thick, add a small amount of solid vegetable shortening (Crisco) to thin).
8. Gently dip the cake pop in the melted almond bark and GENTLY tap off excess.
9. Sprinkle with nuts, candy, etc if desired.
10. Place in Styrofoam block to set.
Tips and Additional Ideas:
• When set, pops can be decorated further by adding candy or such – adhering with tiny bits of melted almond bark.
• Mix in items into cake/frosting mix before rolling into balls. Mix in finely chopped nuts or dried fruit, mini chocolate chips or other candies, sprinkles, etc. Another addition that would be fun is extract – mint, orange, raspberry, etc.
• Homemade cakes and icing can be used. Make sure the icing is the consistency of canned icing. Remember that different icings and cakes (as well as different amounts) can create different consistencies so always test balls to make sure they will hold together well.
• Regular cake balls can be made – just omit the sticks and let balls set on waxed paper or a Silpat mat after dipping. Decorate as desired and place in small cupcake papers for gift giving.
• If making regular cake balls, when rolling into balls, try wrapping cake mixture around an unwrapped chocolate kiss or other candy for a fun surprise inside.
• Want to make some really cute holiday cake pops (Christmas trees, Santa hats or reindeer? Find the ideas and directions here: http://www.bakerella.com/its-beginning-to-look-a-lot-like-christmas/
Cake Pops idea inspired from: www.bakerella.com