Recently, my friend asked me to make a simple and cheap dessert for her baby shower of around thirty people. I immediately thought. . . Cake Pops! Cake pops are little treats that are perfect for any party because they are so easy to serve and of course.. extremely delicious! THANK YOU Bakerella, the creator of cake pops, for blessing our tastebuds with your amazing creation.
Although cake pops were the obvious choice, I was afraid to try to conquer these “simple” balls of goodness. I had personally avoided cakes pops in the past because I did not want to buy a cake pop pan or deal with the hassle of trying to perfectly dip the cake pieces. It all seemed like just way too much effort, work, and money for my college-life budget.
However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that cake pops are actually rather simple! I know.. something that looks so cute.. how could this be true?!
I found a great step by step photo tutorial that taught me that you actually do not need any silly cake pop pan, just some frosting and your good ol’ hands! After cooking the cake, you just break up the cake into small crumb like pieces, and then use a tiny bit of frosting to make the cake pieces stay together in the ball shape. Here is the link to the wonderful tutorial:
From my recent experience with these pink cake pops I made below, I discovered 5 little tricks that can save you a lot of time!
1. Add Shortening to the Candy Melts
Wilton’s candy melts are perfect for cake pops, but the candy coating can also be a little too thick which can actually make creating a smooth round surface very difficult. By adding a little shortening to the candy melts, the candy coating will be a lot thinner and will make for easier dipping. Make sure to avoid adding any water to the mix, as this will only make the candy melt mixture harder and clumpy.
2. Beware of Adding Water Based Food Dyes
Trust me, one wasted container of candy melts. The normal liquid food dyes, like just simple water, will also cause the candy melt mixture to seize and become clumpy and hard, which can make it almost impossible to work with. To actually dye the mixture, use a gel coloring! Also, keep in mind that pastel colored candies are the most appetizing!
3. Freeze Cake Pops After Inserting Lollipop Sticks
I had some trouble with cake pops falling off of the lollipop sticks in the candy melt mixture. Once this happens, the cake pops are not atheistically salvageable, but I promise they still will taste delicious. Hey.. my failure allowed me to taste test my dessert more than twice! To keep the cake balls on the sticks, I placed the cake pops back in the freezer for about five to ten minutes after I dipped the sticks in the melts and placed them inside the cake balls. This allows the candy coating to really adhere to the cake mixture, and this will make dipping much easier.
4. Gently Dip the Cake Pops
Make sure you do not stir, swirl, or bounce around your cake pop as this will only cause it to fall into an abyss of candy coating. But hey, if you want an excuse for keeping some of the cake pops for yourself, a little twisting sabotage can help you out!
5. Add Sprinkles
By adding sprinkles, or any topping while the candy coating is drying, you will give your cake pops a nice and finished look that can cover any imperfections! Adding sprinkles is also a lot easier than trying to create an intricate design, and looks just as good. For the baby shower, I made the candy melt mixture a soft pink, and then I added white/clear sprinkles to contrast the pink!
Feel free to comment any of your own tips and tricks below!