I was stuck this Valentine’s Day on what to give my loved ones. November-February is a crazy time of the year between birthdays and the holiday season that I really wanted to give something I made (while also not spending a lot of $).
Cake pops have really become a favourite dessert of mine. They’re a quick, delicious treat to have, while somewhat maintaining portion control for desserts. (Although, if you had a few, I wouldn’t ever judge you.)
I have a cake pop machine at home, but I’ve found this recipe is much easier and the pops are just that much more yummy. Bonus: if your giftee really likes the pops, they might be nice enough to share some with you 😉
What you’ll need:
- Pre-made cake
- Candy melts
- Lollipop sticks
- Foam block
- Sprinkles and other decorations (optional)
1) Crumble up your pre-made cake into a bowl. Make sure that the cake is really crumbled up finely, so it will be easier to mix with the icing.
2) Next, take about 2 Tbsp of icing and add it to your crumbled up cake. Combine thoroughly using your hands (yup, you’re gonna get messy!). The consistency should be moist enough that you can assemble little balls of cake and icing.
3) Either using your hands still, or using a cookie scoop, form little balls of cake and icing and lay them out on a pan with a baking sheet or baking tin.
4) Let cool for at least one hour.
5) Take about half a cup of candy melts and microwave them in a microwave-safe container. Start with 30 seconds at a time stirring each time until you get a nice, gooey consistency. If you happen to have a Wilton Candy Melt Pot like I do, this step will be a piece of cake pop 🙂
6) Take your lollipop sticks and dip one end in the candy melts, then stick in a cake pop. Do this for all the cake pops and set again to cool for at least a half hour. This will make it much easier to dip.
7) If needed, melt more candy melts so you have enough to dip in your cake pops.
8) Once your sticks are solid in the pops, you can start dipping! Cover the entire pop with the melt, and tap off any excess. Then, stick the end without the cake pop in your foam block to dry. If you have any sprinkles, be sure to add them to the cake pop before the melt completely dries.
9) Enjoy your treats!