Cake pops started to make a buzz a few years ago, thanks to Bakerella and Starbucks. It has become so popular that almost every day we see a new ‘latest and greatest’ cake pop recipe. They now rival macarons as my personal favourite dessert.
Basically, cake pops are bite-sized balls of cake and frosting .They’re cute, have different adorable designs, sweet, and are a favourite among cake decorators and confectionery artists.
These treats work well for special occasions, especially children’s parties. You can make your own cake pops with either homemade or store-bought cakes and frosting. The best thing about cake pops is you decide what they look like and what decorations to use; the possibilities are endless.
Here’s a recipe for classic chocolate cake pops – an ideal place to start if you’re new to the exciting world of cake pops.
CHOCOLATE CAKE POPS
Serving: about 16 cake pops
1 can of classic chocolate frosting
About 2 cups of bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
Sprinkles and other decors (optional)
- Bake the chocolate mix according to the package’s directions and let it cool.
- Set aside half of the cake in the fridge. The remaining half is enough for our cake pops. Crumble in a large bowl.
- Mix frosting with the crumbled cake using a spatula. Add only a few tablespoon of frosting, just enough for it to hold the cake together.
Tip: You can also make your own frosting using blended powdered sugar, cocoa, vanilla extract, and water.
- Shape the cakes into golf-ball-sized balls using your hands. Place the balls on a baking sheet covered with plastic wrap in order to prevent sticking. Cover with more plastic wrap and put in the fridge for 3 hours or more to firm up the balls.
- For the coating, put the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat just until melted. Stir until the coating is smooth.
- Dip the lollipop stick halfway into the chocolate chip coating and gently insert into the ball. Then, dip the ball into the coating. Rotate the stick to allow excess coating to drizzle down. Sprinkle with your choice of decorations. Place in a styrofoam, poking holes using a stick, or put in colander holes. Allow to dry. Do the same with the remaining cake balls.
- When the coating is completely dry and the sticks are firmly stuck you can serve the cake pops. You can also refrigerate them for up to 3 days.
In some cases, the balls might fall off the stick. To prevent this, don’t make the balls too big and always put them in a refrigerator; this ensures the ball will stay moulded together.
Try to be whimsical and imaginative, adding decorations such as chopped nuts, chocolate sprinkle, sugar crystals, or coconut. The cake balls will not only look amazing but also taste amazing. Whip some up on birthdays, for a baby shower, or other special events – your friends (or kids) will adore them! Here’s some creative examples of cake pops: