Dont Make This Mistake
Smaller wins. If you roll the cake pops too large, theyll wobble off the lollipop stick. Theyre too heavy. You need 1 Tablespoon of the cake pop mixture per ball. No more, no less. Youll end up with 40 of them. Quite a lot but these babies freeze beautifully! And you can gift them to anyone and everyone. Who doesnt love a homemade cake pop? Seriously WHO.
These cake balls need to chill in the refrigerator before we pop em with a lollipop stick. Why? Theyre much too delicate right now theyll completely fall apart. Which reminds me you do NOT have to make these as pops. You can make them truffle style by simply rolling them up and coating in chocolate. Either way you enjoy them, chill the cake balls before coating. I just place them on a lined baking sheet and refrigerate them for a couple hours.
Speaking of chocolate, you can dunk the cake balls into pure chocolate, which is what I prefer for best taste, but thats pretty expensive. You need a good amount for all 40 cake pops! You can use candy melts/candy coating instead. I give both options in the recipe below along with notes for each choice.
How To Make Cake Pops
The Secret to dipping Anything in Chocolate and How to dip cake pops or cake balls in chocolate.
On May 1st we celebrated my granddaughter Addison’s first birthday. It was a beautiful party and the house was packed with about 35 friends and family.
My daughter did an awesome job on the garden fairy decorations
One of my contributions to the party was Cake Ball Pops. This is how to make cake pops the way I learned.
How To Store Your Cake Pops
If you want to get straight on with making your cake pops, just buy a premade chocolate cake and blitz it briefly in the food processor until you have a coarse crumb.
You can store your uncoated cake pops in the fridge for a couple of days, so this could be a good make-ahead option, if you want to spread the work.
Once fully made, theyll keep in the fridge in an airtight container for a couple of weeks. Candy melt coated cake balls should stay looking perfect, while chocolate coated cake pops may develop a slightly greyish sheen, which is known as bloom as doesnt affect the taste.
You can place your fully made chocolate cake pops in an airtight container in the freezer and they will keep in the freezer for at least 6 weeks.
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How Should I Decorate My Cake Pops
Feel free to use anything you see in my pictures, of course! A drizzle of white chocolate or your favorite rainbow/chocolate sprinkles are always great options.
If youre making these around a holiday, you could always theme your drizzle or sprinkles to that holiday! For example, red and green sprinkles are always cute on these cake pops around Christmas.
Check Out My Cake Pop Recipes Below
- Pink & Grey Girl Baby Shower Cake Pops :Cake Pops for a Pink and Grey Girl baby shower
- Lion King Cake Pops: Lion King themed baby shower cake pops I made for my daughter in laws baby shower.
- Lisa Frank Rainbow Cake Pops: Cake Pops for a Lisa Frank rainbow themed birthday shower for my granddaughter’s birthday.
- Chocolate Covered Cherries Cake Pops: Chocolate covered cherry cake pops filled with a maraschino cherry.
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Why Is The Candy Coating Cracking
The main culprit of a cracked cake pop coating is due to significant temperature differences in the cake balls. If the cake balls are too cold and the melted candy melt is too hot, the coating will crack as the hot mixture will cause the cake balls to expand and then contract. To prevent this from happening, make sure the coating isnt super hot when you dip your cake into it. Allow your coating to cool for a few minutes before dipping.
How To Dip Cake Pops
This was my second attempt at dipping cake balls in chocolate. The first attempt was two Christmas’s ago.
It didn’t go very well. I had a hard time with the dipping chocolate.
It didn’t melt in the microwave correctly. I am sure it was the temp of the microwave but it went from not being melted to burnt.
I gave up on the microwave and the cake balls for a little while after that.
Then a few months later I dipped some marshmallows in chocolate and that went much better.
I figured out the secret to dipping things in chocolate.
After the chocolate dipped marshmallows turned out so well I decided to attempt cake pops once again.
I am sure most of you know by now how to make cake pops so I will hit the highlights for you.
Update: You might like to read my more detailed post for How To Make Cake Pops with step by step instructions for the method I use when making my cake pops.
Scroll to the bottom of the post for a list of all the birthday and special occasion cake pop recipes I have shared over the years.
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How Do You Store Cake Pops
You can leave your German chocolate cake pops out at room temperature for up to one week. If you’re looking to store these delicious chocolate truffles for a longer-term, then make sure you place them in an airtight container.
You can store chocolate cake truffles for 2 weeks to one month in the refrigerator and up to 3 months in the freezer when stored in an airtight plastic bag.
Tips For Making The Best Chocolate Cake Pops
- Trim the cake The outer areas of the cake are usually dry and these pieces can cause the cake pops to crumble and fall apart, so discard them.
- Make the crumbs fine- The finer the crumb, the easier it will be for the frosting to hold it together and make the cake pop stable.
- Re-roll the ball after using the cake pop former- This former is more for setting the size than for creating the ball because it leaves a fine line, which is a weak point that will cause the cake pop to fall apart. So re-roll the ball after forming it to make it more secure.
- Freeze the cake pop stick in the ball- Dipping the stick in melted candy, inserting it in the ball, and then freezing it will lock the stick in place, making dipping easier.
- Dont exceed the 15 minutes for freezing- More than 15 minutes and the cake pops will become too cold and the chocolate will firm up too fast after dipping. The nonpareils will then not stick.
- Dip, dont swirl- To avoid any mishaps, gently dip the chocolate cake pop, but dont swirl it in the candy melt. Then hold it at a 45-degree angle and tap your wrist to get off any excess candy. Quickly sprinkle the nonpareils while the candy melt is still wet.
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Watch Me Make These Cake Pops From Start To Finish
I thought I HATED cake pops. I made them for a baby shower a few years ago and they were a pain in the butt cheeks with all that freezing and refreezing, dipping, twirling, decorating, and oh that texture!! Ewww!!
It was soggy, grainy, and tasted like someone had chewed it up already. My hubby sat quietly, ate the whole thing and calmly said: you dont have to make these again please.
I seriously did not see what all the cake pop hype was about, but I kept getting requests to PLEASE DO A CAKE POP TUTORIAL!. I cant let my babies down so I got back in the kitchen to figure these things out. Something had to give!
I discovered that I LOVED cake pops. Heres what I learned:
Such a cute little homemade gift dont ya think?
Why These Chocolate Cake Pops Work
- These chocolate cake pops are completely from scratch using a delicious, moist, easy chocolate cake recipe, and a delicious fudgy chocolate buttercream frosting.
- This recipe also includes instructions for making the cake pops using a box mix chocolate cake if you’re pressed for time!
- These cake pops cake be modified to fit your dietary needs – you can make them dairy free, vegan, gluten free, or using regular dairy ingredients!
- Cake pops are so much fun to make with kids, or to serve for parties and special events.
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Chocolate Cake Pops Recipe Details
These homemade chocolate cake pops are everything you love about Starbucks chocolate cake pops, but better, and a lot cheaper!
- TASTE: Intense and rich chocolate flavor throughout the cake pop and outer candy shell.
- TEXTURE: You get the satisfying crack of chocolate from the shell and the soft and moist fudgey cake inside.
- TIME: The bake time alone will take at least 35 minutes, but you need to make sure to add another additional hours for forming and dipping the cake pops.
- EASE: This takes a little bit of practice, but if you follow all the tips in the post, you can become a pro from the first time!
How To Make Cake Pops With Frosting Instead Of Chocolate
Butter that is unsalted should be melted. Using a hand mixer, mix cream cheese, icing sugar, unsalted butter, and vanilla extract until smooth. Mix well the lime zest and lime juice. Using this frosting, you can form cake pop balls by mixing crumbled cake with the frosting.
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How To Make Incredibly Easy And Authentic Starbucks Chocolate Cake Pops Recipe
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Starbucks Chocolate Cake Pops are one of my favorite treats to pair with my coffee. Now I can make authentic chocolate cake pops at home. Give this easy cake pop recipe a try.
Whip up these chocolate cake pops as a birthday party treat, weekday dessert, or take to your next summer cookout.
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Yummy desserts are my favorite part of any meal, especially when that dessert includes ice cream! And hopefully, you do too because we have several recipes to share with you. Like Chocolate Glazed Donuts, Lemon Meringue Pie, and No-Churn Turtle Ice Cream.
Be sure to look around the blog for more yummy dessert recipes!
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The Secret To Getting Smooth Shiny Cake Pops Every Time
No doubt about it, cake pops are fun. But while these bite-sized cakes on a stick can be a blast to eat, making them can turn into a not-so-fun affair, especially when those super-sweet morsels fall off the stick, crack, leak or are just plain lumpy.
Were here to tell you theres a fix to all sorts of cake pop fails, and it starts with a nice, smooth finish. Well show you how.
Ideas For Occasions To Make Cake Pops
Cake pops are fantastic for parties and celebrations.
Try different coloured candy melts to celebrate different occasions. For example, how about:
- red or pink chocolate cake pops for valentines day
- red, white and blue cake pops for Fourth of July
- black cake pops for Halloween.
Cake pops are also great to set up as a kids party activity. Prepare making stations for each child to roll a few chocolate cake balls each.
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The Chocolate Or Candy Melts Doesnt Coat The Chocolate Cake Pop Balls Evenly
Make sure the candy melts or chocolate is fully and evenly melted. Microwaves can create hot spots, meaning some parts of the bowl are hotter than others, so stir well before you begin.
Generally speaking, candy melts are easier to work with than chocolate, so if you find chocolate too hard to work with, its worth buying some candy melts.
If you are making a large number of cake pops in one go, you make find that you need to give the remaining candy a 10-second blast in the microwave every now and then to melt it again.
If your chocolate or candy melts go gritty and cant be remelted, it is likely that you have overheated them and you will need to start again with some fresh chocolate / candy.
Some brands of candy melt are thicker than others. If yours seems to thick to coat the cake pops, you can thin it with a little flavourless oil. Add 1 tsp at a time so that you dont end up ruining the mix.
Try to coat the whole cake pop in a single dip and twist movement. If you re-dip too make times, it can create uneven layers. Aim to dip, twist gently, lift, allow the excess to drip off, wait until your chocolate is almost set , then dip then in your sprinkles, and finally stand your cake pop up in its stand to set.
Why Are My Cake Pops Cracking
If your candy shell is cracking, its mostly due to an extreme change in temperature . This can also happen with hot candy or chocolate being put into a cold refrigerator or freezer.
To avoid cracking, let your cake balls warm up to room temperature a bit before dipping in warm candy or chocolate. Once dipped, let your cake pops sit at room temperature for 5 to 7 minutes before placing in the fridge or freezer so the candy has time to cool.
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Why Youll Love This Chocolate Cake Pops Recipe
- Fun: Kids and grown-ups alike all enjoy these chocolate cake pops! Make sure to have fun by decorating them any way youd like.
- Delicious: Theyre bite sized, chocolate covered pieces of dense chocolate cake it doesnt get much more delicious than that!
- Convenient: At a party, theres nothing more inconvenient than having to slice a cake or pie and serve it on plates. Next time youre having a get together, just put out a tray of these cake pops. Everyone can grab as many as they want, whenever they want!
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