Cake pops are nothing new – they’ve been around blogland and pinterest for a while now. I’ve had them before and thought them seriously yummy every time. But I’d never made them. So in a way they ARE new to me – at least the making of them is 😀
On a recent trip to Jo-Ann Fabrics I happened to spot the Wilton’s Lollipop sticks and grabbed a bag to have on hand. Cause you can’t make cake pops without sticks. Well, you can, but then they would be cake balls not cake pops and if you want them to be real cake pops you must have the sticks. So I bought some sticks. Just in case I had a make-some-cake-pops moment.
Planning a birthday dinner that was way past the birthday I decided to make cake pops instead of a cake for dessert. Decorating a cake can take hours and I wasn’t that ambitious. With cake pops you just bake a cake – mine was from a mix – let it cool, crumble it up, add some icing to make it stick together, form balls, put the sticks in, freeze for 20 minutes, dip in chocolate, decorate with sprinkles if desired.
And you can get your kids in on the action and let them do any of the steps you want them to. They won’t even realize you are making them do your work ’cause they will find it fun and may even ask to make more cake pops than you have cake for.
If you don’t have a piece of styrofoam to put the sticks in while the chocolate is setting, but you do have cute cupcake liners, then by all means just plunk the cake pop upside down into the cute cupcake liners and call it good!
Instead of icing I used cream of coconut in my cake. I’ve heard and read that using a whole jar or even half a jar of store-bought icing makes the cake pops not-so-yummy. Too gooey. So I wouldn’t suggest that but I didn’t even use icing so I don’t have any real hands on knowledge about that. I do know that one cake mix crumbled and one 15oz. jar of cream of coconut makes some absolutely awesomely yummy cake pops. I’d had them made this way before and they are heavenly. Yellow cake mix is what I used but I bet white or chocolate would be good too. Some got dipped in white chocolate and some in milk chocolate. I prefer the white. Becca, my 7-year-old thought them too sweet. Larke, my 9-year-old liked just the insides. Emma, the teenager, didn’t like them too well at all I don’t think. Bummer cause there were leftovers and guess who is eating them??!
I did do a bit of research before I made them just because I hadn’t made them before and though I was pretty sure I knew how to do it I didn’t want to mess up a whole cake mix and have to go shopping and start all over. You can see the tutorial I read here. And there is a video too – you really should go over and watch it even if you already know how to make cake pops! This gal is funny and does the best job of telling how to make cake pops. Worth the couple of minutes of you time to check it out.
Have you ever made cake pops? What kind is your favorite? (I think I’m going to go have a snack – a cake pop is calling my name.)