I think I kept from taking the cakepop plunge because they seemed deceivingly simple and I never seemed to have the supplies on hand. And, it's true, cakepops do require a bit of a start up cost, but a trip to your local craft store will keep you in cakepop supplies for months. In addition to the cake supplies themselves, you'll also need lollipop sticks, candy coating chips and a piece of styrofoam to place the pops in while they dry (I also bought pre-cut foil candy wrappers to make the cakepops easier for gifting).
I'll just tell you this up front: I was right about the "deceivingly simple" part.
|These were two of the best looking ones. Seriously.|
|My personal favorite: the Runny Nose Cakepop|
|Crumble like you've never crumbled before|
|These wusses couldn't hack it|
|Bakerella cakepops for the new Muppets movie|
Basic Cakepop Recipe
1 box cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
1 can frosting (16 oz.)
Candy Melts (1lb)
- After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
- Mix thoroughly with 1 can frosting. (I use the back of a large spoon, but it may be easier to use fingers to mix together. But, be warned, it will get messy. Also, you may not need the entire can of frosting, so start out by using almost the entire can and add more if you need to.)
- Roll mixture into quarter size balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50)
- Melt chocolate in the microwave per directions on package. (30 sec intervals, stirring in between.)
- Dip the tip of your lollipop stick in a little of the melted candy coating and insert into the cake balls. (Insert a little less than halfway.)
- Place them in the freezer for a little while to firm up.
- Once firm, carefully insert the cake ball into the candy coating by holding the lollipop stick and rotating until covered. Once covered remove and softly tap and rotate until the excess chocolate falls off. Don’t tap too hard or the cake ball will fall off, too.
- Place in a styrofoam block to dry.