Ah, the elusive cake pop. Many have attempted these tiny treats, but little have prevailed. Well, my mum and I happen to be the (modest) QUEENS of cake pops and are here today to share with you our process! Now I should warn you, these babies take A LOT of time and patience, so I would carve out at least 3 hours to make and assemble them all. Tonight we made Peppermint Brownie Cake Pops for my work's annual bazaar and bake sale. To begin, gather ye materials...
Cake mix, can of frosting, styrofoam block, chocolate wafers, candy sticks, candy bags, and stuff to decorate your pops with! We chose crushed candy cane and holiday sprinkles. You can find pretty much everything at Bulk Barn .
First, bake yer cake. We added some peppermint flavouring to the mix before baking. Now I forgot to take a picture of the next part, but just close your eyes and visualize it for me. After your cake has cooled, crumble it into fine crumbs into a big mixing bowl. Then add about 3/4 of the can of frosting into the bowl and mix it up until it turns into a chocolaty play doh. If you're new to making cake pops, it's best to add the frosting in in small batches, because you don't want to add too much (read on).
My mum is the BOSS at rolling them into perfect little balls
Now take your "dough" and roll it into small balls. If your dough cracks and falls apart, then add a bit more frosting to the mix. If it's too squishy and doesn't hold it's shape very well...well...you've messed up. And now you have a large bowl of chocolate cake dough to eat. (There are worst things)
Now you have a crazy amount of cake balls. (1 box of cake mix usually makes at least 50 pops) Take your chocolate wafers, put them in a plastic bowl (glass bowls heat up too much and burn the chocolate) and microwave them in 30 second increments until its all melted. Then take your candy sticks, dunk them in the chocolate, and stick them in the cake balls. This will ensure that the cake ball does not slide down the stick. Just make sure to only push them halfway into the cake ball though, or the stick will show through the top.
Now you're on to the dunking stage. I warn you, this is the most tedious stage. You really have to be patient. There are many things have gone wrong for us in the past: the cake ball has fallen off the stick, the chocolate was not melted enough so it looked clumpy or the chocolate was too hot and globbed off in large blobs. Usually what we do is dunk them in the chocolate and tap off the excess, let them dry a little bit and then sprinkle/dunk them with sprinkles. After that, you push the stick into the styrafoam block to dry completely.
After they've dried, you can put them into individual candy bags and tie them with ribbon. And if you're feeling really festive, you put a few extra in a brown paper bag for your mister and friend ;)
Well that's it folks! I hope this helped explain the process of making cake pops. If you ever have a free afternoon and lots of ambition, whip some up yourself! They are big crowd pleasers :)