How to Make Cake Pops

Cake pops are surprisingly easy to make. With a tiny bit of practice, you'll be whipping out a batch in no time.

These are made with lollipop sticks. You can also use miniature ice cream cones for a different look.

They make pretty little party favors/snacks too. Poke a bunch into a (covered) styrofoam block and you have a table centerpiece.

When you get really comfortable with the process, it is amazing what you can create!  Check out the Bakerella website to see how much fun you can have with decorations. She is incredible!

For now, here are the basics to get you started ...

Stuff you'll need ...

  • cake (mix or homemade)
  • icing (canned or homemade)
  • melting chocolate or candy melts in various colors
  • lollipop sticks
  • toothpicks for spreading colors if decorating your pops
  • parchment or wax paper and cookie sheet to place pops into freezer/fridge
  • small cellophane bags and twist ties if using as party favors to send home
  • decorations - sprinkles, nuts, candy, chocolates

What to do ...

Reduce oil and increase water by the same amount.

Balls will be less goopy and easier to manage.

  1. Prepare cake according to instructions on box or recipe.
  2. Let cool.
  3. Crumble cake into small crumbs. A food processor is fast and gives you evenly sized crumbs.
  4. Stir in icing gradually. A little goes a long way. Add enough so you can roll the cake into balls but not so much that it becomes really sloppy. If your cake is very moist, you won't need much icing at all.
  5. Roll mixture into balls and place them on to a cookie sheet lined with parchment or wax paper.

    6.   Insert lollipop sticks into each ball and then chill for a few hours. Or put them
          in the freezer to chill them more quickly.

    7.   Melt your chocolate according to the package instructions. I used the
          microwave, stopping and stirring at 10-second intervals.

    8.   Dip each ball into chocolate and place on cookie sheet. This will create a "flat-
          topped" cake pop. If you'd like the pops to stay round(ish), poke the sticks into
          some styrofoam. I wrapped a block in some pretty wrapping paper and then poked
          the sticks in. If you're not using lollipop sticks, try using a fork or spoon.

    9.   Allow the chocolate to set.

    10.  Decorate using other colors of melts, edible markers, or sprinkles.
           (They do look good left as is also.)

    11.  When the cake balls are completely dry, cover them with small cellophane 
closed with pretty ribbons. Perfect for handing out at the end of your

Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops

Note: The above instructions cover how to make cake pops using lollipop sticks. To make these ice-cream-cone cake pops, the process is basically the same, except to ...

1) Dip a rolled cake ball partially into melted candy mixture.

2) Place on to ice cream cone and let dry.

3) Dip the entire ball into melted mixture up to the cone and let dry.
    (Add any decorations prior to drying.)


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