Can I Make Different Flavors With This Recipe
Yes, you can easily use a boxed cake mix as mentioned above or another cake recipe like my red velvet cake, carrot cake, or strawberry cake. Keep in mind that my cake recipes typically make two 9-inch layers and you will only need one for this recipe. However, most of my cake recipes can easily be cut in half to just make one layer.
Always Use Stale Cake For Cake Pops
Another personal preference of mine is to work with stale cake. Why? Stale cake is drier than freshly baked cake, and while this may be the last thing you want your slice of cake to be, this is the very thing you want your cake pop cake to be lots of room for soaking up frosting and increased ability to stick together!
I have totally used freshly baked cake as well, and Ill make note in the step-by-step instructions on how to gauge your moistness level.
Youll also need cake pop sticks .
Here are, in my opinion, the best sticks for cake pops.
You can find these in any craft store or store with a baking section . I prefer the longer sticks , but you may use shorter ones.
Why Are My Cake Pops Cracking
There are usually two reasons why they can crack. Before dipping the balls you want to set the stick by placing the cake pops in the freezer for 15 minutes. If you dip them and the candy melts are too hot, they will crack because of the sudden temperature change. Or the cake balls were too cold if you kept them in the freezer for over 15 minutes. Again, the drastic temperature change can cause the cracking effect here as well.
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Single Layer Chocolate Cake
It might seem like the switch from vanilla cake pops to chocolate cake pops is easy. Replace some flour with cocoa powder, right? And vanilla frosting with chocolate frosting? I wish! Chocolate is a complicated soul and requires a little finesse, thats why my vanilla cake and chocolate cake recipes are so different! I baked a couple single layer chocolate cakes before stopping at this one. The first few began with creamed butter + sugar. My favorite chocolate cakes and cupcakes typically rely on oil for the fat because HELLO MOISTURE and the flavor of butter really isnt necessary because chocolate overpowers it anyway. My initial thought with cake pops, however, was that I needed a slightly drier cake to get the best texture for cake pops . Well this was just a huge mess from the start because dry cake is gross.
That being said, youll need oil for the cake. And a few other basics like cocoa powder, sugar, flour, and eggs. Hot water is also a must. Remember why? The hot liquid encourages the cocoa powder to bloom and dissolve. When I make chocolate cake, I usually reach for hot coffee because coffee accentuates the chocolate favor but thats not as crucial here. Because were just crumbling the cake and mixing with chocolate frosting!
Crumble up and use your mixer to combine the frosting + crumbs:
Overview: How To Make Chocolate Zucchini Cake
This chocolate zucchini cake comes together quickly and easily! Simply whisk the dry ingredients in one bowl and beat the wet ingredients together in another bowl. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, then add the chocolate chips. The cake batter will be slightly thick thanks to all of the zucchini! Divide the batter between two 9-inch cake pans or you can make a quarter sheet cake using a 9×13 inch cake pan. See my recipe notes for details.
- Need cupcakes instead? This recipe yields about 24-30 cupcakes. See recipe note.
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How To Make The Easy Version Of Cake Pops
If youre looking into a super fast and easy version of my original vanilla cake pops, you have to try my no-bake oreo cake pops . All you need is Oreos, cream cheese, and candy melts. Thats it!
Check Out My Cake Pop Recipes Below
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- 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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How To Make Traditional Cake Pops
- 1 box cake mix of your choice
- 1 box pudding your choice of flavor
- 4 large eggs
- ½ cup frosting
- 1 bag candy melts
- Medium cake pops: 2 tablespoons-sized cake balls makes about 24 cake pops.
- Large cake pops: 3 tablespoons-sized cake balls makes about 16 cake pops.
A Sweet Treat Like No Other
Its so true! Cake pops are a unique dessert that acts as both a cute party favor and a tasty treat.
While the process is more time-consuming to put together than other desserts, its well worth the time and effort if you want to create an unforgettable finale at your next party.
If you are new to this entire process, I would suggest starting with an easier base, like store-bought marshmallows, to get comfortable and confident with the technique! We have a recipe for chocolate-covered marshmallow pops that utilizes the same methods. Its an easy, and still very cute, way to start.
Once you understand the basics, feel free to customize your decorations and designs however you wish!
Make the most out of the cake supplies section of your grocery store or craft store there are so many options for icing and decorations to fit any theme or holiday.
Want to go even more DIY? You can even make your own sprinkles and decorations, using my recipe for hardened royal icing.
Have you made these miniature desserts before? Do you have any suggestions for those who are making them for the first time? Give us your best advice in the comment section below, and be sure to rate our recipe!
Would you like to tailor these to specific seasons? Take a look at more of our cake pop decorating guides:
Decorate And Serve The Cake Pops
Now we get to decorate these little homemade cake pops. I chose to just drizzle different flavors on the top, using a bit of chocolate in a plastic bag with the corner snipped. You can use a professional piping bag with tips as well.
If you want to stick different candies or nuts on it, you will want to do it shortly after dipping before the chocolate sets completely. And there you go, cake pops!
Make And Chill The Pops
Dip the ends of the lollipop sticks in the chocolate and then put the stick into the cake ball, making sure to not go more than halfway through. Place all the cake balls in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm them up.
You want to make sure your cake pops are cold before you start decorating. If they arent firm and cool, youll find yourself with a crumbly mess.
While you are waiting for the cake pops to cool, get your toppings ready.
Melt the rest of your chocolate. if you are doing different flavors, make sure to melt them in separate bowls. Be careful as you melt them because you do not want them to get too hot, so melt for 30 seconds at a time and stir in between. You should also add a dash of vegetable oil to help loosen the chocolate up if it feels too thick.
Prep other toppings in different bowls so you can easily dip your cake pops in. Toppings should be small enough to not overwhelm and topple the cake pops.
When it comes to toppings, the sky’s the limit. Sprinkles, sugars and spices can all go on easily and chopped items like nuts, candy, cookies, cereal, fruit and marshmallows also make great additions. You can add color with writing icing or you can add food coloring to white chocolate to customize the hue.
Ingredients And Equipment For Homemade Cake Pops
Although you can bake a cake from scratch for this recipe, I find a box cake mix such a time saver. Especially so, considering the amount of time it takes to make homemade cake pops from start to finish. But as a bonus, a box cake mix always gives me the perfect consistency I need to form and shape these little cake bites.
Heres what youll need:
- 1 box cake mix, 432g I used chocolate
- 1 container ready made frosting, 450g I used whipped chocolate
- Blue candy melts 500g
- Bright white candy melts, 500g
- 60 lollipop sticks, 4 or 6 inches long I used the 4 inch sticks
- styrofoam block I purchased at Micheals but you may also find it at the dollar store
- 9×13 in cake pan greased and lightly floured
- Sprinkles or sugar crystals I used sugar crystals
- Vegetable oil, for thinning the candy melts
- Candy melt squeeze bottle , a small teaspoon will also do
- Styrofoam block mugs or glasses to hold the cake pops will also do
Insert Cake Pop Sticks
Grab your cake pop sticks. Working with one stick at a time, dip one end of the stick into your melted candy . Push this stick into a cake ball about halfway.
You dont want to push it the whole way through, because it will poke out of the top of the ball.
The melted candy will form a little mound. This is just fine and what you want to happen.
Repeat until all cake balls have sticks, and place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
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Tips For Using The Babycakes Cake Pop Maker
When I make cakepops, more often than not I make them using the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker. I received this as a gift, and honestly my first thought was gimmick.
Well it turns out, its a great little machine and extremely useful. I LOVE the taste of cake pops made this way, compared to the cake and frosting method, and you can add a filling if you like.
Kohls often has it on sale and if you can catch it with a sale and a coupon, you can usually get a great price.
Make An Emergency Cake Pop Stash
All of these recipes make plenty of cake pops to feed a crowd…or future you! Make a big batch and freeze the naked cake pops flat on a plate or sheet panbefore adding sticks or dipping. Once they’re frozen solid, for a few hours or overnight, transfer to a freezer-safe container or zip-top freezer bag with as much air squeezed out of it as possible and store for up to four months!
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Other Problems That May Arise
Your cake ball falls off the stick in your candy coating> either your cake ball is too large OR you are spending too much time in your warm melts. Get in and get out!
Oil is leaching out of the cake pop onto the stick> this is completely fine, and really only aesthetically displeasing. If it bothers you, use a cake that is less oily, and be sure not to use too much frosting. There is a lot of butter involved in frosting .
Your candy coating is hardening too quickly> youve probably overheated your coating. Youre well on your way to scorching it, so be incredibly careful if you need to reheat it.
I hope you feel well-versed in cake pops now and will try making my easy cake pops recipe yourself! And if youre looking for how to make vanilla cake pops, its as simple as swapping the chocolate cake pictured here for vanilla cake. Seriously simple!
Vanilla Cake Pops From Scratch
A ball of vanilla cake crumbs and frosting, with a white chocolate coating and topped with sprinkles… I am talking about none other than the cutest bite-sized treat — vanilla cake pops from scratch. These bites of heaven are thankfully actually so simple and easy to make, which makes them the perfect treat to serve at your next event.
I have been spending the last month planning and preparing for my son, Kai’s, first birthday. Seriously, how are we even at this point right now? So I have been perfecting my cake pop recipe specifically for this party. After a few trial and errors, we have found the winner!
This recipe will yield cake pops with the perfect ratio of cake crumbs to frosting. I challenge you to have just one!
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Melt Dip Stick Smooth Chill
Now, melt some of the Candiquik, candy melts, or chocolate chips/bars. I have used all three types, I really like the consistency that melted Candiquik gives. You cant go wrong with candy melts though. Or even using your favorite kind of chocolate.
I use the microwave to melt the Candiquik. I either use the defrost setting on bursts of like 45 seconds then stir, or use the hi setting and do bursts of 30 seconds and then stir, until the chocolate is nice and melted, you may also use the double boiler method.
After that dip your treat stick into the Candiquik, about 3/4 of an inch, then stick it into your cake ball, about the same far. Dont poke it too far, we dont want it coming out the other side.
Now you can smooth out the chocolate that you like with your finger, purely for aesthetics. Next, place those in a piece of styrofoam or a cake pop stand, and then into the fridge for 10 minutes. This will help the chocolate firm up and give some stability to the cake ball.
You will be left with a bunch of un-dipped homemade cake pops.
*Note if you pick the cake ball up and turn it over you will have a little flat part which is a great place to stick your lollipop stick.