Ever have a ton of cake crumbs after leveling your cake layers? Well, I always do and lucky for you, I have the easiest solution. CAKE POPS! These simple treats may be intimidating to make but I’ll show you how to take your pops from ordinary to extraordinary with a few tricks. Let’s get into making some fabulous Vanilla Cake Pops!
The best part about making cake pops is that you can do all of the prep work ahead of time using any cake you have at home. Just crumble the cake (or use left over crumbs), add frosting (enough for the crumbs to hold their shape), combine and freeze until ready to use. I’ve tried to refrigerate the base before dipping and I found that the cake always dried out. Freezing helps the base retain its moisture as it comes to room temperature so be sure to FREEZE your base! Once your cake base is defrosted, you can get started on measuring and forming your balls. I like to use a 2 tbs cookie scoop to measure out the cake base before rolling each ball by hand. This ensures that they are all the same size so be sure to MEASURE AND SCOOP!
Get rollin’ being sure to PRESS, ROLL AND SMOOTH!Smooth as a baby’s bottom! I managed to get 7 balls from my leftover cake crumbs which was perfect for me. Now, let’s get dippin’!
After heating my candy melts, I dipped each lollipop stick into the chocolate. Like I mentioned in my previous post, you want to be sure to heat the candy melts in INTERVALS. Then I took one of the cake balls and inserted the lollipop stick. This helps the cake adhere to the stick which will secure it before you dip the vanilla cake pop into the melted chocolate.
I have a confession to make. I honestly had no plan on what I wanted to do. Sometimes I find it hard to come up with a creative spin on a treat and then it will just hit me out of no where. I’ve been obsessed with painting on fondant lately so I thought I should paint something festive on these little babies! Since it’s Groundhog’s Day and Spring is coming early, something bright and gold would be perfect for the upcoming season!I’ve been dying to use my petal dust on something other than gumpaste flowers and this gorgeous magenta color screamed Spring! I used a brush to dust a small amount on to my cake pops in a circular motion covering the entire surface. It’s just like painting!Isn’t it pretty? I love how you can see bits of the pale pink peeking through.
So before you think about throwing out any leftover cake or crumbs, give cake pops a try and most importantly, let your mind run wild! Remember my tips: freeze, measure and scoop, press, roll and smooth and finally, melt the chocolate in intervals before dipping your pops. These tips will make cake pop making so much easier.
Till next time!