If you haven’t been living in a cave for the last few months, you might have heard people going on and on about a confection affectionately known as a Cake Pop. I first experienced them while I was watching a popular cooking show about 2 years ago. Flash forward 2 years and there are tons of references to them on the web including pictures and creative decorations. But, what exactly is a Cake Pop and where can I find a Cake Pops Recipe?
Your average recipe is literally a piece of cake. Bake a cake, break it up into crumbs in a bowl, toss in cream cheese frosting or plain old cream cheese and then roll the concoction into ping pong sized balls. Allow them to cool in the freezer for a while, dip the little wonder balls into dipping chocolate or candy melts to candy coat your creations. Poke a sucker stick in the middle of every sphere and presto, prepare your pallate for the taste of bliss on a stick.
Cake Pops are wonderful because creating a cake from scratch isn’t required. Store bought mixes work just fine. Of course, if you feel like using your own secret cake recipe, I’m sure it will only add bonus points to the claims of your brilliance. Any cake flavor will do, so go with your gut. I’ve used chocolate, strawberry, and plain yellow cake for my creations. Chocolate cakes seem to be more dense. Which means they hold together better for dipping, so, they are my preference. Expect to get 40 to 50 pops out of your average mix, depending upon how big you make each one. (Your will power is a factor here as well, once you steal one, it’s hard to stop)
This is your basic cake pop. No frills. Just plain, simple and delicious. It’s a great first project for newbies.
- Make a 13×9 cake. Any flavor you like, just follow the instructions on the box. Let it cool. Crumble the cake (always fun for the kids) and add in 1 can of frosting. Throw it into the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
- After refrigerating, dust off your Playdoh skills and form the mixture into balls (also fun for the kids). Then place a sucker stick into the top of each cake ball. Pop them into the refrigerator for another quarter hour.
- While waiting, start melting your candy melts.
- After 15 minutes in the fridge, dip and swirl each pop into your candy melt.
- Once you’ve got an even coating on the cake pop, place the stick into a Styrofoam block while the candy melt shell hardens.
- Announce to your family and friends that the cake pops are ready. Be prepared to break up fights. (Yes, cake pops are THAT good)