We’ve all seen the cake pop floating around. There was a hot craze for the cake pop not too long ago. And I never jumped on. I had enjoyed a few cake pops. I too love most foods on a stick. I just never gave them much thought. But somehow, they became my solution to a baby shower favor for my cousin’s shower. I’m not sure how. I know that a cookie pop was also in the initial running of ideas. Somehow, the cake pop stuck.
The cake pop project was spread out over quite a few weeks. There was research… then when we made our supply purchases, we decided to buy a cake pop pan. Somehow, we thought that would make things ‘easier’. Stupid marketing. I bought way more supplies than we would ever need in the name of “we will have to see what works best”. We did a trial run to see how long it would take to create a batch of pops, and how many we would get. And to try the cake pop pan that was a waste of money.
I decided to use a very dense and moist chocolate lava cake recipe. I filled the stupid cake pop pan as directed and found I still had almost an entire cakes worth of batter. I baked that remaining batter in a bunt pan. We let all the cakes cool then crumbled the cake from the bunt pan and mixed in a fresh strawberry cream cheese frosting I had on hand from another recipe. I pulled out my rubber gloves and made balls of cake that I set on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. We melted a small bowl of semi sweet chocolate morsels in the microwave, dipped each lollipop stick into the stirred melted chocolate and pierced the balls of cake, including the ones from the cake pop pan. Then we melted the colored candy melts we got from the store in a round Pyrex container, dipped each cake ball and decorated with sprinkles. You can Google all of these steps for cake pops. There are very few variations. What I found.
- Big coffee mugs work best for dipping. The wider the bowl, the more candy you’ll need to coat the pop.
- Don’t over nuke the candy/chocolate. It tends to separate.
- Adding a little bit of Crisco to the candy/chocolate helps coating consistency, but don’t add too much Crisco or it’ll be drip central.
- Don’t make the cake balls too big and/or heavy. They tend to “pole dance”.
- Get your sprinkles/decorations laid out before dipping commences. I liked having small ramekins and sprinkling over a discard bowl.
- The dollar store is your friend for Styrofoam and floral blocks. Luckily I didn’t skimp and there were plenty to use. Those bad boys take up a lot of space.
The trial run also helped us plan how many batches and days we’d need to make enough for the baby shower. We decided that from beginning to end, baking to wrapping. Each batch of cake pops would take about four hours. And somehow I was convinced that we would need to make two different batches because not everyone would want chocolate. Yea, I convinced you too? I didn’t hear one person complain about getting a chocolate one. And seventy cake pops was clearly more than my 30 person max quota. I probably could have gone with one batch.
I did know that one bag of candy melts would ‘frost’ about 15-18 cake pops. I loved the bright lighter blue, but was drawn to the bright green. At some point I decided that I NEEDED to make little chicks and kitties, so I bought yellow and orange. And then I bought a ton of different sprinkles. All different shapes, sizes and colors. I found that the small sanding sugars only looked good when the same color as the melts. Unless I used the multicolored from the discard bowl.