Do you remember the first time you saw some cake pops (or cake balls to some)? I’m sure your reaction was similar to mine – How adorable, followed by, Why didn’t I think of that?
It’s become a craze over the last few years and the creativity with some of them is masterful. On Amazon alone, there are pages of ideas, videos, cook books and products all for Cake Pops. It’s something to see.
I mean, to take little bits of smushed up cake, mix it with frosting, and then mold into works of art is ingenious. Not only that, but it’s a perfect way to use those left over pieces of cake and turn them into something entirely new.
Whether it’s for a birthday party, bridal or baby shower, or party favor, my girls and I love cake pops because they don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. You can make them absolutely stunning as shown in the photos below the recipe, but our cake pops are never perfect, yet they always lend a cute, festive addition to all our parties. The wonderful thing is that the recipe is easy enough for kids to make all by themselves (if you let go of the perfect part.) 🙂
This is the up close and personal look at our not so perfect frosting application, which is the trickiest part, but truly, not one person really notices. That’s the beauty of these simple party cake pops. Give yourself freedom!!
They are so many cute ways to display them and most likely depends on your theme. When I’m in a huge hurry, I save additional time by using melted store bought frosting to dip them in instead of the candy coating which is recommended. Again, it depends on how sheer you want the coating.
Recipe: Simple Cake Pops
Summary: Simple Cake Pops: the perfect way to add a festive touch to any party.
- 1 box of cake mix, your choice (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
- 1 can frosting (16 oz.)
- sprinkles or colorful Sparkling Sugar
- Wax paper
- Candy Melts or frosting for coating
- Lollipop Sticks
- Make homemade cake or store bought cake and once it’s cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.
- Mix cake crumbs thoroughly with almost 1 full can frosting. ( Start with nearly all of the can and then add the rest if you need to. Mixture should be nice moist consistency with no lumps)
- Roll mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on cookie sheet covered with wax or parchment paper.
- Insert lollipop stick into the cake balls a little less than halfway.)
- Place them in the freezer for about 30 minutes to firm up – not frozen
- Melt frosting in the microwave or candy coating in double broiler or microwave per directions on package. (Stir every 30 -45 seconds so as not to burn)
- Once firm, insert the cake ball into the melted frosting or candy coating by holding the lollipop stick and rotate until covered. Only take a few cake balls out of freezer at a time since they’re easier to work with cold.
- Once covered with coating, softly tap and rotate until the excess coating falls off and even coating occurs (here’s where it doesn’t have to be perfect).
- Immediately dip into sugar coating or add sprinkles, dots etc and let harden.
Preparation time: 30 minute(s)
Cooking time: 30 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 45
When finished with the cake pops, do not store in fridge or the coating will not hold up. Store in airtight container or you can make these ahead of time and freeze like shown here from the Kitchn.
Don’t you love the elegant simplicity of Chow’s sugar coated cake pops?
Someone shared these without a source and I so wish I could tell you where to find them because I love the elegance of the simple swirl.
Have you joined the Cake Pop craze yet? What is your favorite combination to make?
A woman in GA invented cakepops. Her creations are amazing! http://www.bakerella.com/
SHE IS AMAZING!! HErs are definite works of art. 🙂
I have a friend who does AMAZING cake pops!! You should go see her Facebook page for them and just scroll down and enjoy the cuteness! 🙂