Cake pops are dainty little lollypops made from cake mixed with butter cream. They are then coated in a crisp chocolate or candy shell and then decorated to suit your occasion. Once you bite through the shell you will find wonderfully moist cake.
I make them to use up spare cake (after cutting up cakes to make special shapes) – what do you mean you have no spare cake, that’s ridiculous! Cake pops are ideal as a party food, or if you prefer (with the addition of a cover) they are the perfect addition to a goodie bag. We have made a basic cake pop here and below you will find suggestions for customizing them to fit your party theme. Alternatively, you could set up a decorating area, you provide a ready-made plain cake pop and you get your guests to decorate their own. Naturally, you would give a prize for the best one!
Cake Pops Recipe
Take pieces of cake and rub them together until they crumble apart.
Then go through the crumbs with your fingers and crumble the larger pieces until you end up with a fairly even crumb, don’t worry you do not need to be to fussy.
Mix in butter cream, we have used vanilla but can use any flavour that you like.
Once the butter cream starts to mix in you need to get in there with your hands and squish the mixture together.
Scoop out spoonfuls of the mixture and gently roll into a ball. The finished size of the cake pop is totally up to you.
Once you get the size right for you will be able to judge how full your spoon needs to be so that they are all roughly the same size. Once rolled out put the balls of mixture in the fridge to set.
Melt your chocolate and colour it to suit your design. Dip your stick into the chocolate and push the stick in place and allow to set.
We used white chocolate and yellow colouring – do note that you need to use special chocolate colouring (colours for icing will not work).
You could use Candy Melts, at Lakeland you will find packets of this specially designed covering in a whole rainbow of colours (along with sticks, packing materials and more).
Once set, do not start step 5 until they have set properly as the cake pop will fall off the stick.
Dip the cake pop into the chocolate roll it around until covered. Then, whilst spinning the cake pop tap the stick against the edge of the bowl and you will get a thinner, even coating.
The simplest way to decorate your cake pops is to cover them in sprinkles.
Alternatively you can dust them with glitter or paint your design.
So now you know the basics you can tweak your designs to finish your cake pops to fit in with lots of party themes. We found the following suggestions on Pinterest, take a look and let your imagination run riot!