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What is a cake pop?

Simply and literally, a cake pop is a dense ball of cake, typically coated with chocolate or other sweet exterior, with a stick in it. This description hardly does the cake pop justice, however. The traditional deliciousness of cake, the fun and versatility of a lollipop, the sophisticated look of professional baking and the variety of ice cream sundae-like toppings that you can cover them in makes cake pops perfect for any occasion, whether you want to be artistic, to impress, to try something new or to just satisfy your sweet tooth.

What types of events are cake pops good for?

With the exception of obvious solemn occasions, cake pops are a fitting treat or dessert for a number of events, such as birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, weddings, house-warming parties, baby showers, bridal showers, holiday parties or just about any other gathering, even if it is just a study group. They also make great thank you gifts.

How many cake pops should I make/buy?

The important thing to remember when making or buying cake pops for an event is that after two or three bites, the cake pop disappears. If you want to make sure that no one is left wanting, be sure to get as accurate a count of how many people will attend the event as possible and then make enough cake pops so that each person can have at least two; if it is the only dessert, make enough so that each person can have three. If you have no idea how many people will be at the event, overestimate. It's better to have more than less.

How long does it take to make a batch of cake pops?

It depends on the type of cake you're making and how creative you want to be. If you are making red velvet cake pops with a cream cheese center and white chocolate coating with red sugar crystals and then decorating the lollipop sticks with ribbon, those are going to be more complicated and take longer. But in general, with the appropriate cooling times in between steps (to make sure the cake pops keep their round shape and the stick stays put), a full round of cake pop baking will take approximately three hours.

What is the best way to store cake pops?

The most convenient and easiest way to store cake pops is in gallon-size Ziploc bags, since they can hold a high volume and are air-tight, in the refrigerator or freezer. However this is not necessarily the safest for the cake pops, which can get damaged by other items. A safer option, would be to layer the cake pops in horizontal alternating rows (cake ball end in opposite directions) with parchment paper between rows, in appropriately-sized Tupperware containers.

What is the best way to transport cake pops?

It is best not to transport cake pops already in their display, however if the stand or basket is sturdy and you are not going far or over speed bumps, you may be able to get away with having it all set in its display before you hit the road. If you want to stay on the safe side, transport them either in their storage container(s) or on a cookie sheet with some plastic wrap on top to make them more immovable. Once you reach your destination, place the cake pops into their display.

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