How to make cake pops: 9 amazingly easy to follow steps

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The wonderful world of cakes pops is an endless creative bakers dream! There are so many occasions that cake pops can be made for. Like, holidays, birthdays, graduations, retirement, engagement, weddings, picnics, I could go on for another paragraph, but you get the idea. Below you’ll find how to make cake pops in 9 steps.

Cake pops are essentially made of cake, and then turned into a pop. You can really get creative with what you use. Chocolate pops are easy to make and are a favorite for most. Some other great ideas like, chocolate chip cookie dough, brownies, s’mores, strawberry delight, Oreo, and peanut butter cup pops, to name a few.

So now you’re wondering what is the process? Well, good news, all you need is a few ingredients and tools and you’ll learn how to make cake pops in no time. And below you’ll find a list of those essential items and a basic cake pop recipe. These to make and are easy and endless amounts of fun!

A quick list of tools you’ll need:

  • Measuring utensils Measuring cups, Measuring spoons
  • Mixing Bowls A couple of mixing bowls is useful
  • Electric mixer For beating the cake mix
  • Cake pans A 9×13 inch rectangular cake pan, for baking the cake
  • Cookie Sheet needed for cooling your cake pops
  • Double boiler or microwave for melting chocolate
  • Cake Mix your choice of what flavor cake you want
  • Cake frosting you choice again
  • Lollipop Sticks to insert into the cake to make the cake pop
  • Cake Pop Baller you may want to use a baller, but you can use your hand to make the ball
  • Styrofoam block basically this is a mold to hold the cake pops when they are done, you can use a cardboard box if you don’t have Styrofoam

This is just a basic list of tools you need to get started. You may find other tools and ingredients you like the more you make.

Cake pops recipe:

  • 1 box cake mix – your choice of flavor ( yellow, chocolate, white, etc.)
  • ¼-1/2 cup icing – your choice of flavor (chocolate, vanilla, etc.)
  • 1 block of almond bark – chocolate or white chocolate
  • Sprinkles or something similar
  • Lollipop sticks

Step 1. Bake the cake

You can use any cake you like. And just a quick tip, you probably won’t use the whole cake for making cake pops right away. So what I like to do is, cut the cake in half and freeze it. You can use that frozen cake later to make more cake pops.

Step 2. Let the it cool

If you just baked the cake, you have to let it cool to room temperature or cooler. The same goes for if you are using frozen cake. Just take it out of the freezer and allow it to thaw to room temperature.

Step 3. Crumble the Cake

Once the cake is at room temperature, use a mixing bowl to add the cake. Crumble the cake up using your hands. But do not crumble too fine. You will need some large chunks in there.

Step 4. Add frosting

Add frosting to the a crumbled cake. If you’re using a container of frosting, you will need to start out with around half the container or about 1 1/4 C. Use a spoon to mix the in the frosting and then eventually you will need to use your hands to mix it. It does get thick and that’s about the consistency you want it to be. It makes it easier to round the cake ball.

Step 5. Make the cake pop balls

Now that cake is mixed well with the frosting. Measure out between 1 to 3 tablespoons of cake. Now you can use a ball tool or you can use your hands. Place the measured out cake into the palm of your hand and roll it until the cake is a smooth ball.

Step 6. Place the ball

Using a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or wax paper. Place the rolled cake pop ball onto the sheet pan. Place the balls about an inch apart.

Step 7. Allow cake ball to chill

Take the cake pops and put them into the refrigerator or freezer. Allow them enough time to cool down. Around 2-3 hours may be needed, but leaving them overnight is OK too.

Step 8. Make the pop

Now that the cake balls have chilled and are hard. Insert the lollipop stick into the center. You can pre made the hole where the stick will go and then heat up Caramel. Dip the tip of the stick into the warm caramel and now place it into the pre made hole. This allows for a better grip for the stick and cake pop.

Allow some time for the stick caramel to cool. You will need to do this before step 9.

Step 9. Dip into warm chocolate

You can use milk chocolate, dark or white. Melting chocolate is difficult and if not done right it can quickly be ruined. For step 9. how to make cake pops will use the microwave way to melt chocolate. Please watch the video first.

Melting chocolate in the microwave is the quickest and cleanest way there is. Here’s how to microwave chocolate with a simple guide.

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Now that the chocolate is melted. Dip the cake pops into the warm chocolate, decorate with sprinkles or what ever you like right now before the chocolate gets hard.

Once you have decorated the cake pop you will now use the Styrofoam block to put the lollipop stick end into the block to hold the cake pop into place. This allows for it to cool so that the chocolate gets hard without ruining the shape or decorations.

Repeat until all cake pops are done. You may need to work fast so that the chocolate doesn’t get hard.

Your Turn

So that’s it, pretty simple and now you know how to make cake pops. Cake Pops done in 9 easy steps. And from this point you can then start to really get creative. The possibilities are endless.

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