How to Make Cake Pops | CoachSweetTooth

Transform your cake disasters into delightful bites of happiness with our expert guide on crafting perfect Cake Pops at home.

To make Cake Pops, crumble baked cake, mix it with frosting, shape it into balls, insert sticks, dip in melted chocolate, and let them set. This process yields irresistibly moist and flavorful Cake Pops, earning them a 5-star review!

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How to Make Cake Pops

Cake pops bite-sized treats are perfect for those who want to indulge in a small yet satisfying sweet snack. Making cake pops at home is a fun activity that can be customized according to personal taste preferences. With simple steps and ingredients, anyone can create their own cake pops to enjoy and share with others.

Making cake pops involves mixing a crumbled cake with frosting, forming small balls, and dipping them in a chocolate coating before decorating them as desired. The basic ingredients required include cake mix, chocolate frosting, candy melts or melted chocolate, and lollipop sticks.

Ingredients Needed

In this section, we will provide you with a list of ingredients needed to make cake pops.

Cake Mix and Frosting

To make cake pops, you will need a cake mix and frosting. You can use different types of cake mix, such as boxed cake mix, white chocolate cake, chocolate cake, yellow cake, or even confetti cake pops. Prepare the cake according to the package instructions or follow a homemade cake pope recipe.

The usual ingredients for cakes include:

  • Boxed cake mix (or homemade cake mixture)
  • Eggs
  • Oil or butter
  • Water

Candy and Coating

After preparing the cake balls, you'll need something to coat them. Candy melts are a popular choice because they come in various colors and flavors. You can also use white chocolate, dark chocolate, Funfetti cake pops, or chocolate-melting wafers.

To melt the candy coating, you can use a double boiler or microwave-safe bowls or melt it in separate containers for various colors and flavors. Additionally, you will need lollipop sticks to insert into the cake balls to make them easy to hold and dip into the melted candy coating.

Additional Decorating Items

Once your cake pops are coated, you may want to add some extra decorations to make them more fun and unique.

Some decorative items you can use include:

  • Sprinkles
  • Edible glitter
  • Crushed cookies
  • Chopped nuts
  • Shredded coconut
  • Gel food coloring for adding designs or patterns

Preparation of Cake Mix

Preparing the cake mix for cake pops involves baking a cake from your preferred cake mix, letting the cake cool completely, and combining it with vanilla frosting to create a mixture perfect for rolling into cake balls.

Once the cake pops have been prepared and decorated, they can be displayed on a cake pop stand or a styrofoam block for an appealing presentation.

Baking the Cake

To begin making easy cake pops, first prepare the cake mix according to the instructions on the package. Choose a flavor like vanilla cake or chocolate cake, and pour the batter into a greased and floured cake pan.

Bake the cake following the package directions, and let the cake cool completely in the pan. Once the cake has cooled, transfer it to a large bowl.

Creating the Crumb Texture

With the cooled cake in a large bowl, use your hands or a fork to crumble the cake into small crumbs. Ensure there are no large chunks remaining, as this will help create a smoother texture for the cake balls.

Next, combine the cake crumbs with your choice of frosting. You can use store-bought frosting or homemade frosting. Generally, adding about ½ cup of vanilla frosting to the cake crumbs gives the right consistency, but adjust the amount as needed for a well-combined mixture.

After mixing the cake crumbs and frosting together, use a small ice cream cheese or tablespoon to measure even portions of the cake mixture. Roll each portion into a ball with your hands, and then place them on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. These rolled cake balls will form the base of your cake pops.

Here’s a table showing the proportion of the ingredients for making cake pops.

Ingredients Needed Amount
Cake Mix 1 box
Frosting ½ cup
Lollipop Sticks 1 per cake pop

Once the cake balls are rolled, insert a lollipop stick into the center of each one. You can dip the end of the stick in melted chocolate or a melted candy melt before inserting it, which can help secure the cake ball onto the stick.

After all the cake balls have sticks in them, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to allow the cake balls to firm up. This chilling step is essential for creating easy cake pops that stay securely on their sticks when later dipped in the coating.

Formation of Cake Balls

In this section, we will discuss the process of forming cake balls, an essential step in making delightful cake pops.

Shaping the Cake Balls

First, put the crumble-cooled cake into fine crumbs in a large bowl. This can be done using a homemade cake or a store-bought boxed cake mix. Add some frosting (homemade or store-bought) to the cake crumbs and blend them well to form a uniform cake mixture.

A proper mixture will help you create well-shaped cake balls that are not too dry or too moist.

Using a cookie scoop or your hands, shape the cake mixture into small, evenly-sized balls. It's essential to form uniform cake balls for consistent cake pops.

You can make cake pops using various cake flavors, such as vanilla cake, chocolate cake, or even strawberry cake, depending on your preference.

Cooling Phase Before Coating

Once the cake balls are shaped, it's time to refrigerate or freeze them before coating them with a melted candy melt or melted chocolate. This step is crucial to ensure the coating adheres well to the cake balls without becoming too messy.

Place each cake ball on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and put them in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes or in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. This step will help the cake balls firm up and remain intact during the coating process.

Ensure not to leave them too long in the fridge or freezer, as it might lead to cracked coatings later. After the cooling phase, insert lollipop sticks into each cake ball to create cake pops.

You can then proceed with dipping and coating them using different options such as candy melts, white chocolate, dark chocolate, or other preferential coatings in various colors. It's essential to melt the coatings properly and to use a microwave-safe bowl or a double boiler for optimal results.

Experiment with decorating your cake pops using sprinkles, edible glitter, or other creative adornments to match your theme or party.

Coating and Decorating the Cake Pops

In this section, we will explore methods for melting the coating, dipping the cake pops, and adding various toppings to enhance the overall appearance and taste.

Melting the Coating

The coating of choice for most cake pops is candy melts, which come in a wide range of colors and flavors. You can use a microwave-safe bowl or a double boiler to properly melt the candy melts.

In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the candy melts in intervals of 30 seconds and stir them in between until completely melted and smooth. Ensure not to burn the candy melts, as it can cause the coating to thicken and be difficult to work with.

To achieve the perfect coating consistency, add a small amount of vegetable oil to the melted candy melts.

Dipping the Cake Pops

Before you begin dipping, chill your cake balls for a short time in the refrigerator. This will help the candy melts adhere better and reduce the risk of the cake pop ball falling off the lollipop stick.

Insert the lollipop stick about halfway into the cake ball, then dip the cake pop into the melted candy melts, covering it completely. To remove any excess chocolate coating, gently tap the cake pop against the side of the bowl.

Make sure to do this carefully so the cake pop does not fall off the stick or crack the coating. Allow the coating to harden by placing the cake pop in a cake pop stand or a styrofoam block, keeping the cake pops upright.

Adding Sprinkles and Toppings

Enhance the appearance of your cake pops by adding a variety of sprinkles and toppings. Some popular choices include:

  • Edible glitter
  • Chocolate drizzle
  • Crushed nuts or candies
  • Colored sugar crystals
  • Small candy pieces (e.g., mini M&M's)

Nutritional Information

Most cake pops are made using cake mix, which typically contains around 33g of carbohydrates, 9g of fat, and 1g of protein per serving. Store cake pops, like Starbucks cake pops, contain around 149 calories, 6.8g of total fat, and 1.1g of protein per serving.

Cake Mix and Frosting

Cake pops are often made with box cake mix and canned frosting. The nutritional content of boxed cake mix and canned frosting varies by brand, but in general. Making cake pops with homemade frosting, such as homemade vanilla buttercream frosting, can help to reduce the overall calorie and fat content of your cake pops.

Healthier Alternatives

If you want to make a healthier version of cake pops, you can try Skinny Cake Pops, which uses egg whites and fat-free Greek yogurt instead of oil and butter. These cake pops have 102.5 calories, 15g of carbohydrates, 1.4g of protein per serving, and just 4g of fat.

Serving Sizes and Portion Control

Smaller cake pops will contain fewer calories, fat, and protein than larger ones. A single cake pop is often considered a serving. As with any sweet treats, proper portion control is critical to maintaining a balanced diet.

Troubleshooting and Tips for the Best Cake Pops

The more you experiment with making cake pops, the better you'll become at troubleshooting potential issues and creating delicious, visually stunning sweet treats.

Avoiding Common Issues

One common issue many people encounter when making cake pops is the cake balls falling off the sticks or cracking. To prevent this, make sure your cake pop mixture is firm and not too moist.

When dipping the cake balls into the melted chocolate, use a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl. This ensures the chocolate is gradually and evenly melted, reducing the risk of overheating and clumping.

Dip the tip of the cake pop stick into the melted chocolate before inserting it into the cake ball - this acts as a glue, securing the cake pop to the stick.

For easy homemade cake pops, use a stand electric mixer to mix the cake crumbs and frosting. You may also opt for a store-bought box cake mix to save time. Using a cooled cake from the refrigerator and properly measured ingredients will contribute to the success of your homemade cake pops.

Here's a quick comparison of different types of cake mix you might encounter:

Cake Mix Flavor Potency
Boxed Cake Mix Mild Basic
Homemade Cake Mix Rich Customizable

Professional Recommendations

To avoid messes, use parchment paper or a silicone mat to work with your melted chocolate and candy melts. Additionally, invest in a cake pop stand to hold the cake pops while they dry, preventing them from rolling away or smudging their coatings.

Here are a few cake pop tips for making visually appealing cake pops:

  • Use edible glitter to add a touch of sparkle.
  • Use gel food coloring to tint white chocolate or candy melts.
  • Experiment with different coatings, such as chocolate chips, sprinkles or nuts.

Key Takeaways

  • Cake pops are a customizable bite-sized dessert from crumbled cake mixed with frosting.
  • The process involves forming cake balls, coating them, and decorating them as desired.
  • Displaying the cake pops on a stand or styrofoam block adds to their visual appeal.


Lori Gilmore

Lori Gilmore

Lori has been a Culinary Arts instructor for twenty years. She has taught in the public school setting, at the collegiate level and through adult continuing education as well as running several cooking and baking camps for children. She has participated in several cooking, cake & chocolate contests and has been well recognized. She has raised thousands of dollars for charities using the byline “Saving the World one Cupcake at a Time”. Additionally, she has had several articles regarding food published in various magazines.

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