I’d seen photos of cake pops being made on Facebook for a friend’s birthday, and thought it looked fun. I mean the real cake pops, where you start out with a sheet cake and a can of frosting, not the kind you make in a mold.
I searched online and found a basic recipe and directions at bakerella.com to do the cake pops, polled the few people I am planning on having me help eat them, and decided to do a chocolate cake. Some of the directions for cake pops on that site are really fancy – and at least for now, way beyond my skill level! I got Wilton Candy Melts in pink and blue from Joann Fabrics, along with lollipop sticks, little cellophane baggies, and a cardboard stand that is specifically designed for doing cake pops. I also went to WinCo Foods and got some of their bulk meltys – in chocolate and vanilla.
I was hoping to do flower shaped cake pops, but they came apart when I tried to dip them, so I stuck yellow candy chips on the tops of pops dipped in blue or pink for flower “centers”. I used green ribbon to tie the cellophane bags onto those pops, so they’d look like little flowers with petals. The pink and blue candy coatings didn’t melt as nicely as I’d hoped they would, and I ended up having to add some canola oil to thin them out a bit. Dipping the pops was harder than I had expected!
Oddly, the easiest dipping was with the vanilla meltys from WinCo. They melted to a very nice thin consistency, and then I sprinkled those with red, white, and blue jimmies for a Fourth-of-July theme. Those got red curly ribbons. The cellophane bags aren’t strictly necessary, but it helps keep them clean before they’re eaten, and it makes them look prettier for giving away.
There were also several pops that didn’t turn out pretty at all, either because they fell of their stick, or touched another pop before either were hardened, or had some other disaster. The flops may not be pretty, but they were sure yummy! 🙂
I’m looking forward to trying them again sometime soon… after I unload these on friends and family, and into my tummy! They were a lot of fun to make, and even though that cardboard holder would have been better if the holes were further apart, it made holding the pops easy… and was cheaper than a sheet of Styrofoam!