Three or so years ago, cake pops became new fad, not just for kids but for grown ups, as well. I say a fad because it is available in Starbucks, Whole Foods, and even in fancy bakeshops. My friend, the ultimate baker, Nikki introduced me to cake pops, she was so good at it that friends started ordering from her.
Cake Pops are actually cake mashed, mixed with cream cheese frosting, balled, and decorated. Rather pleasing to the eye, tastes good, and the portion is small. :)
The first time I made it, I used a boxed cake mix and a tinned cream cheese frosting, Hines brand. Gifted a friend for her daughter’s birthday, at that time it was difficult for me to control the candy melts.
This time I made the cake from scratch, using this recipe also, used her cream cheese frosting, but the tinned one would have worked better. Martha Stewart also has a cream cheese frosting recipe . So 9 x 13 cake done, cooling on a wire rack on the tray, prepare the cream cheese frosting. Once cooled, remove the edges of the cake to ensure that you have a smooth pop, mash the cake with plastic gloved hand, add the cream cheese frosting gradually while mixing. You don’t want a frost rich mixture as the frosting acts as a binder, otherwise it will be gooey and will not stay on the stick. You want to be able make balls of this mixture, so it will look packed to be able to stand on the pop stick. Using an ice cream scoop, for an even amount, scoop the batter and roll into ball rest on a lined cookie sheet. Once done, refrigerate for at least an hour, the longer the better. While it is cooling gather your materials, as follows:
1 bag candy melts
small plastic bags
You will also need a cake pop holder available at Michael’s.
I used a chocolate melter, fondue maker or a mini slow cooker will also do the trick, instead of microwaving. Start melting the candy melts, it takes longer using the melter but less tedious, add vegetable oil, lard, or butter never water to make it smoother.
Oh, you can use different colors, mix colors (red and yellow will make orange, etc.) or you can dip half with one and the other half with another color.
Remove the balls from the fridge, dip the stick first at least a quarter of an inch in the melt, before sticking it in the center of the ball. This will act as a glue and the bottom of the ball will make the ball stay because of the residue left when you pushed the stick unto the ball. Complete this process first to give it time to dry. Put it back in the same tray holding the balls.
Now you’re ready for the fun part, if you don’t have a cake pope holder or rack you can use a lined sheet, to rest your dipped and decorated ball to dry. Dip it once, for a perfect ball, unless you want to use drips as part of the decoration. Immediately put your sprinkles and decorate as the wet candy will glue it. However, if you are painting, you need to let it dry thoroughly, otherwise, the candy will mix with your paint. Rest gently on the lined sheet, otherwise a dented flat top pop (no pun intended:).
It is best to have your sprinkles in “mise en plahs” for easy access. Once you have completed this task, let it dry completely, put in small bags and tie with a ribbon. Voila! you now have cake pops, which can be arranged in bouquets as a present or stand in scotch glasses, the possibilites are endless.
Oh, you can save the left over candy by letting spreading it on your lined tray that you used earlier, make sure though that there are no stray sprinkles. Let it dry, then break it up, put in a zip lock save it for future use, I find it convenient to save my candy melts in the fridge. In this case, I put my leftover melters on silicone ice tray, to be enjoyed as a candy. I guess, you can add nuts, chocolate chips, M&Ms, etc. in between, add sprinkles then you really have good candy.
- This is a good way of dealing with left over cakes, just make sure that you use the cake part only.
- Consider your location, now that I am in the Philippines, where temp is in the 80′, heat can cause the batter to loosen, so I tend to let it stay in the fridge, even the finish product is now sitting in the fridge. This is also the reason why I suggested to go easy on the cream cheese frosting. Also, the reason why my candy melts are stored in the fridge.
- Naked cake balls can be frozen for future use, completely defrost by letting it sit in the fridge, before dipping.
- Cake balls can be made in advance up to four days (at least in my experience), just not sure if it can stay that long :)
- Great activity for kids, I prepare the balls with the stick and dipped dry and let them decorate.