A few weeks ago, I made “cake pops” for my son’s birthday party. I received so many comments about them, that I thought I would write a blog post about how I made them.
Cake pops are basically cake balls on a stick, like a cupcake lollypop. There are a number of ways to make them, but I stumbled across some pans in my supermarket (Woolworths) for $30 and thought I would give them a go – considering how utterly bored I am from making cupcakes.
If you are interested, you can buy the exact cake pop pans from Amazon. Or you can just search for Bake Pop Pans.
You can also buy cute paper sticks to use, which make the cake pops look really nice. And they are very cheap.
Here are the pans, a top and a base.
They came with silicone clips, reusable cake pop sticks (which don’t look very nice) and instructions (which are a bit vague, if you’re a first time baker).
The instructions say to use a standard cake recipe, adding an extra egg and halving the amount of water / milk. I tried it, as instructed, and I wasn’t happy with the resulting cake.
I recommend you use your favourite cupcake recipe and follow it exactly, if you want a nice cake to eat. Here I used a vanilla cupcake recipe, which I will share on my blog soon.
Coat the pan with lots of melted butter (so they won’t stick to the pan!).
Fill the pans with the cupcake mixture, pop the top on, put on the silicone clips, and bake them just as you would cupcakes.
Here they are after 25 minutes, in a lovely golden colour. You can see the yellow silicone clip on the left.
There’s a bit of over flow, which is a good sign that the cake has risen and has become a sphere.
Break off all the over flowing bits and feed any hungry children who may be circling the kitchen.
Lift the lid off, which should come off easily, thanks to the butter.
Pop them all out, and scrape off the little edge / seam of cake, to create a smooth ball.
Let them cool for a few minutes.
Use a stick to make a hole in all the balls. I call it pre-holing the balls ha!
Coat the end of each stick in a little bit of melted chocolate and push each stick into the cake balls. This is to make sure that the stick is STUCK onto the cake ball. You don’t want the cake to fall off the stick.
Lay the cake pops down and keep them in an air tight container. As you don’t want them to dry out while you prep all the decorations.
Now the fun part!
Dip them in melted chocolate and decorate away!
There are some REALLY cute ideas on the internet… but I’ve just gone for the simple: coat and sprinkle.
The first time I made the cake pops, I didn’t have anything to HOLD them.
So I found a lump of children’s play dough in my fridge and stuck them all in. Afterwards I realised that the playdough was PINK, so I covered it with foil to make it look a bit nicer.
The second time I made the cake pops, I made them upside down… which is sooo much more practical.
The great thing about these cake pops, that since they are coated in chocolate, they are very robust and almost unbreakable, so you can stack them into a container and they travel well.
I presented all these upside down cake pops on a large white platter with lots of coloured smarties. It looked fantastic!
Overall they are fairly simple to make. It’s also easy to make a large number of them at one time. So it’s great if you have lots of guests.
Best of all, they look great, and both kids and parents LOVE the novelty!