With Fourth of July just around the corner, I took the opportunity to try a new (and patriotic) recipe: Cake Pops! If you’re looking for something to impress your family and friends, I would suggest giving these a try.
You can make these for ANY occasion. Try a red velvet cake with pink/red melts for Valentine’s Day or a spice cake with white melts for Thanksgiving/Halloween. I think they are delicious and a definite party pleaser.
Honestly, I’ve never made (or tasted) a cake pop before so these were definitely a challenge for me. I thought these would be simple but I will admit I struggled. HOWEVER, I have a few tips that should make the process smoother for you.
- If this is your first time making cake pops, I would suggest using a cake mix unless you feel confident in making your own cake and going from there. I suggest using a mix because it took me a long time to make these and having to make the cake as well will add more time.
- DO NOT forget to put shortening in the candy melts because it will make your life so much easier. I forgot and it took me *hours* to cover the cake balls with the melt.
- Keep your cake pops in the freezer, and take out about 5-10 at a time. I found it easier when the cake pops were still slightly frozen, especially because when they started to warm up my craft sticks began to fall off. NOTE: the melts will harden quickly once they contact the frozen ball so work quickly.
- If you want to make a flag, get extra melts just in case. I ended up running out of red and was not able to finish my flag- I was originally trying to make a 5×10 flag but couldn’t cover the last 10 pops.
- 1 box cake mix
- 1 container frosting
- 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening
- 1 box craft sticks
- 1 container sprinkles
- 2-3 bags of Wilton's candy melts
- Bake your cake and allow to cool completely.
- With your fingers, crumble the cake in a large bowl into small pieces.
- Add in the frosting and mix together with your hands until 'dough' forms.
- Shape into 1-inch balls and place onto cookie sheets.
- Microwave the candy melts as directed on bag (I used Wilton's). Add in shortening until the mixture is smooth and runs off the spoon.
- Dip the craft sticks into the melt and place into cake balls.
- Freeze for 10 minutes.
- Dip cake balls into the melt until completely covered. Allow excess to drip off.
- Decorate as desired.