We made Cake Pops!! Yes. We did. And we survived to tell the tale. I will post the pumpkin cake pops that we were also working on later this week. It was definitely a good time to make these.
Really it was pretty easy to make them, even with kids. Especially with kids. Even if they weren’t as pretty as Bakerella’s, they were pretty good. And maybe my rustic take will be the new pretty. Hey a girl can dream!
What You Need:
One Cake: Yellow, Chocolate, Some other wild & crazy flavor
Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 oz. Cream Cheese
2 Cups Powdered Sugar
4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
1 Tablespoon Whole (or 2%) Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla (optional)
Sprinkles for Fall We did Fall Leaves
How To Put It Together:
Make your cake. Let it cool down. Way down. You want this to be a fully cooled cake. After it’s cooled crumble it. Then on a low-medium speed cream together your cream cheese frosting. After the frosting is blended together add it to your cake. I used a spatula & my hands to blend and incorporate all the ingredients. I have to admit I like getting my hands dirty in cakey goodness.
I didn’t run into any of the problems that others have written about or warned me of (e.g. crumbling cake). But I kept my cake dough in the freezer after blending it. If you don’t put it in the freezer, keep it refrigerated. If they get too warm working with the dough won’t be possible. Then I took it out & made cake balls. Inserting small lollipop sticks that I got from the local craft store. I put them in a pan, placing them on top of wax paper.
After that I put the undressed cake pops back into the freezer until it was time for them to get their party clothes on.
When I was ready to decorate them I melted Candy Melts. Candy Melts are at most local craft stores. I found them easy to work with & since I was buying the sticks anyway I picked these up at the same time. You can melt by either the double boiler method or in microwave safe dish (then follow the instructions on the bag).
Then I dipped the cake pops into the melted candy. A spoon was used for pouring over some areas if needed. I did it fast. I only did a few pops at a time. The rest stayed in the freezer. Faster is better.
Oh, covered cakey goodness. I do think these are a sharing treat. Because man it would be easy to eat them all. By yourself. All at one time.
We also made them with dark chocolate. The sprinkles were added after we had dipped them, while they were still warm. After we had decorated them they went back on the wax paper. Yes. I know. There are better techniques for keeping the balls nice & rounded but these were made with FOUR KIDS under SEVEN trying to help & a husband who thought that he should eat any mistakes. Needless to say I think they (he & the kids who agreed eating mistakes was good) were trying for mistakes.
Overall I am really happy with how they turned out for the first time trying these. I can’t wait to make all different kinds. I have my eyes on pumpkin cheesecake, apple spice & dark chocolate ideas. In fact, if Mike had his way we’d have Cake Pops in the house every day. The kids agree with him. Tons.
Special thanks to the following posts for the amazing Cake Pops, along with tips & practices from those who’ve made them before:
- Bakerella The Cake Pop Master
- Pioneer Woman & Halloween Cake Pops
- Writ Rams Tips For Pumpkin Cake Pops
- The Kitchn Tips & Techniques for Making Cake Pops