Cake pops have been all the rage ever since they burst onto the scene a few years back. Pay a pretty penny for them or -- better yet -- make them yourself!
Pretty mounds of cake and frosting on a stick? What’s not to love?!
Well, for one thing … cake pops can be a rather finicky recipe. They can be gloppy. They can be bloppy. They can plop into your bowl of melted chocolate and be ruined forever. To keep you from making any of these rookie mistakes, here’s how to pull together a fancy batch of chocolate cake pops in no time at all.
Get started with your cake pops by baking a chocolate Betty Crocker cake mix according to package directions. Allow it to cool completely, then crumble half of the cake into a bowl. Toss the other half of the cake into your freezer for the next time you crave cake pops.
IMPORTANT TIP #1: Add a bit of frosting to the cake. Too much frosting makes for messy cake popping. So, add it tablespoon by tablespoon to ensure the perfect texture.
Mix just enough frosting into the mixture to create a thick, clay-like texture. You want your cake ball dough to stick together firmly.
Roll tablespoonfulls of dough into balls. Make sure they are firm and round.
Grab a small, microwave-safe bowl with tall sides. You need it to be deep enough to dip your cake pops, but not so deep as to require five pounds of chocolate to fill it up.
Zap your chocolate in the microwave until smooth and melty.
IMPORTANT TIP #2! Be careful not to overheat it! Just pop it into the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stir, then zap for another 30 seconds until the chocolate is melted.
Dip a sucker stick into the melted chocolate, then press it into the center of your cake pops. Allow the chocolate to harden completely before moving onto the next step.
Carefully pick up your cake pop by the stick, then plunge it into the melted chocolate. Quickly pull the cake pop from the chocolate. Let it hang over the bowl for a few seconds, drizzling off any of the extra chocolate.
Flip the cake pop upright and press it into a piece of Styrofoam. Sprinkle generously with chocolate sprinkles and allow the chocolate to harden around your cake pops before serving.
Store your cake pops in the fridge for up to three days. Serve to kids of all ages, and enjoy entirely!
Love Your Pops?
Cake pops are awesome party favors or a great substitute for ordinary birthday cake! Here are a few more pop recipes to showcase at your next party:
For more great treats to serve at your party, check out our Celebration Cake Recipes
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