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Cake pops have really gained popularity in the past couple years. If you think cake pops are hard to make then you will be pleasantly surprised to find out that they are actually very easy to make. They are a fun dessert for birthday parties, bridal showers, baby showers, and more. These tips will help you get started.
Cake Pop Molds
You can make cake pops in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can find special molds that let you bake the cake pops right in the mold (looks similar to a waffle iron) and bake perfectly round cake pops.
You can find cake pop pans similar to a cupcake pan that you can also use to bake cake pops or brownie pops right in the pan in the oven, but just keep in mind that if you use this type of pan then the cake pops will be flat on one side.
If you want to make cake pops in different shapes, you can find many inexpensive silicone molds available at Walmart and many craft stores. They have them for every season and holiday. You can make heart-shaped cake pops for Valentine’s Day, shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day, etc. Just bake your cake or brownie mix in the molds, pop them out, and then frost them as described below.
If you don’t have a mold, you don’t even need one to make cake pops. Many people make them by hand, and if you are wanting to make round cake pops then this is one of the easiest ways to make them.
Making Cake Pops
To make cake pops, first bake your favorite cake or brownie mix in a 13x9x2-inch baking dish. After the cake has cooled, crumble the baked cake into a large bowl. You want the cake to turn into a big bowl of very fine cake crumbs. You can even run it through your food processor.
Stir one can of frosting into the cake crumbs. You will end up with a mixture that is doughy in consistency, almost like playdough. It should all stick together and be easy to roll between your hands.
To make uniform balls, it is best to use a cookie dough scoop. Scoop out of ball of the mixture and roll it between your hands until it is a smooth round ball. If it is dry or crumbly at all, you need to add more frosting to the mixture.
Set your cake balls on a piece of waxed paper until you are done. You should get at least 40 cake balls out of one cake mix. Make sure to make more than you think you are going to need, because there are always casualties during the frosting process.
Place cake balls into freezer to harden. You can keep cake balls frozen for weeks until ready to use.
Frosting Cake Pops
Remove the cake balls from the freezer. You will need candy melts to frost the cake balls. Candy melts come in all colors. You might need to make a trip to the local craft store to see all the available colors, you can find them in blue, red, pink, green, yellow, white, chocolate, etc. You can often find them on sale.
You will need approximately two packages of melts to frost one batch of cake balls.
Place one package of melts in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave for sixty seconds. Stir, and return to microwave for thirty seconds. Stir one more time and heat another thirty seconds if necessary.
Dip the end of each lollipop stick into the melted candy coating and push them into all of the cake pops.
Next carefully coat each cake ball with candy coating. Don’t turn the cake ball too much or it might fall off the stick. It may be easiest to use a spoon to spoon the coating on the cake ball. Let any excess coating drip off and add sprinkles if desired.
You will need something to set the cake balls in while the candy coating sets. You can buy inexpensive cardboard stands at Walmart in the cake decorating department that are made for drying cake pops. You can also set a colander upside down and place the lollipop sticks in the holes until they dry. If you have a piece of styrofoam, you can also place the sticks in the styrofoam until the cake pops are dry.
Although cake pops are very easy to make, they do take some time. If you were to go out and have them custom made, however, they cost a fortune. These are a fun treat for special occasions, and a great gift for family and friends.
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