Part of the appeal of making cake pops is their relative simplicity. Instead of baking a cake that has to be the perfect size so that the layers perfectly align so that you can spread a perfectly even coating of frosting in the middle and around the whole thing, you bake a cake. That's it! Sure there are steps that you have to take afterwards to actually create the official "cake pop" (like cooling/freezing), but unless you plan to go "Van Gogh" on the presentation (which is actually part of the fun), you have a relatively simple task ahead of you.
What You Need
Aside from making sure you are not hungry while making yummy balls of cake, you will need the following equipment and ingredients:
- Cookie sheet(s)
- Parchment paper/aluminum foil
- Large mixing bowl
- Double-boiler or melting pot (for melting chocolate)
- Lollipop sticks
- Room in your refrigerator and/or freezer
- Cake mix or cake recipe, if you like making cake from scratch
- Frosting, cream cheese, ganache, peanut butter or other thick and moist binding agent to keep the cake balls together
- Baking chocolate, caramel (if you want to go caramel apple style), shredded coconut, sprinkles, mini M&Ms, candy melts or whatever else you would like to coat the cake pops with
The ingredients list is the most variable as it is dependent on how creative you want to get with the coating of your cake pops. Chocolate, whether white, milk or dark, tends to be the most popular, however fondant and even edible wax are also options.
Cake pops can be made with any type of cake, be it chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, German chocolate or tiramisu, as long as you have a binding agent to ball it all together. Regardless of the cake, however, to make cake pops, you should follow these basic steps:
- Bake cake, let it cool completely
- Break cake apart into crumbs in a mixing bowl or with a food processor
- Add binding agent(s) and mix in
- Cool in fridge
- Form 1-2 inch diameter balls and place onto parchment paper/aluminum foil on cookie sheet
- Cool in fridge/freezer
- Melt chocolate or prepare other coating
- Put lollipop sticks into cake ball and add coating(s)
- Cool in fridge/freezer
- You're done! Just make sure they are out of the freezer at least two hours, or fridge for at least one hour, before serving
Make Them Your Own!
Cake pops are a perfect opportunity to experiment with different cake flavors and coating combinations . Even the simplest cake pop combinations, like chocolate cake covered in chocolate coating, are delicious, but don't be afraid to take risks and throw a bit of your personality into them, whether it is the flavor of the cake, the unique coating, or both! Cake pops are meant to be fun as well as sophisticated after all.