There’s just something so cute and whimsical about a little ball of chocolate-covered cake on a stick. Make the perfect ones with our guide.
There’s just something so cute and whimsical about a little ball of chocolate-covered cake on a stick. They eliminate cutting and serving, making dessert time easy, and they’re perfect for adding to children’s party bags. If you’ve never made them before, you might be surprised at how easy they are to make. Follow our simple guide and you’ll be on your way to making perfect cake pops in no time...
Step 1: Preparing the cake
If you’re baking a cake specifically for the purpose of making cake pops then make sure you allow yourself enough time for the cake to fully cool down before you begin working with it. You could also use up the off-cuts of a Madeira cake after shaping it, or repurpose a batch of cupcakes that haven’t turned out quite right.
Whatever cake you are using, break it up into small pieces and work it into small breadcrumbs in a bowl. You can either do this with your clean hands or a couple of forks, but the best results are usually obtained from getting your hands dirty!
Step 2: Preparing the frosting
You’ll need a good few heaped tablespoons of buttercream frosting to mix with the breadcrumbs. You can either use up leftover frosting that has been refrigerated in an airtight container, make a fresh batch, or use a pre-made, store bought variety for convenience.
Step 3: Making the balls
Add the frosting to the crumbled cake a little at a time, and mix with a spoon until you get a stiff dough. If the dough is too stiff add a little more frosting, if it is too loose then you may have added too much frosting, which is why it’s best to add it gradually.
Use an ice cream scoop to get evenly sized amounts of mixture. Roll the mixture between your palms to form a ball with a smooth surface. Repeat this until all the mixture is used up. Place the balls on a tray lined with greaseproof paper, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 to 3 hours so that the balls firm up.
Step 4: Preparing the chocolate
You can use regular chocolate, , melt it gently in a bain-marie, taking care not to burn the chocolate.
Step 5: Dipping the cake pops
Take your cake pop balls out of the fridge. When it comes to inserting the lollipop sticks some people swear by dipping the tip in chocolate before inserting into the ball, believing this holds it in place better, but if you’ve chilled them well there shouldn’t be any need for this.
Once the sticks are in the balls it’s time to start dipping. Submerge the ball into the chocolate so that it is fully covered and the stick touches the chocolate. Gently shake and rotate the cake pop to ensure an even covering of chocolate, and hold it over the bowl until it stops dripping.
Place the stick into a Styrofoam block to allow the chocolate coating to dry fully. Once it’s dry you can decorate it any way you like. Why not have a look at our Huge Range of cake Sprinkles to decorate your pops ? And there you have it, perfect cake pops!