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How to Make Cake Ball Pops!

I didn’t really get what the point of cake pops were at first.  I thought ‘eat a piece of cake if you want cake’.  After giving them a go I now see the fun in making them…and they are pretty dang good!  They’re a cute way to jazz up a table, to pass out as party favors, sell at charities, etc.

What you’ll need:

  • A box of cake mix (and the necessary components to bake a cake…eggs, oil, etc) or make a scratch cake
  • A can of frosting
  • Candy coating, chocolate bark, etc
  • Lollipop sticks  (if you make this recipe without the sticks you have yourself cake balls)

How to make them!

1.  Bake a standard sized cake according to the recipe.  Let it cool and then ruin it….yes, I said ruin it.  Break apart and crumble the cake into a large mixing bowl.

2.  Mix in half of a can of frosting and smoosh it together.   Roll golf ball sized amounts of the cake/frosting mixture into balls.

3.  Melt a small amount of candy coating or chocolate, dip one end of the stick in it, and then place it in the cake ball.  This step isn’t necessary, but it makes a huge difference in preventing the cake from falling off of the sticks.  It only takes an extra minute to add a small amount of melted candy on the end of the sticks before placing them in the cake balls and once the candy cools it ‘glues’ the two together.   You can then place them in the refrigerator to cool and keep there shape, so once you dip them in coating it’s easier.

4.  Melt your candy coating or chocolate bark in a double boiler or in the microwave.  If you melt it in the microwave melt small amounts at a time, on 1/2 power, and stirring it occasionally as it melts.  Stick the cake pop in the melting coating, start to lift it out, and slowly turn it to let some extra coating drip off.  Apply sprinkles immediately (if you want) before the coating cools.  I used a piece of styrofoam to set the cake pops in while they cooled.

Make these for all sorts of holidays and use different items to decorate…..nuts, coconut (to color it set shredded coconut in a plastic bag, drip in a little food coloring, and shake it up), sprinkles, etc.  You can also add a little food coloring to the white candy coating to make the pops different colors.

Do not refrigerate them, but you can freeze them.  You can set them out for grabbing or wrap them individually.

If you don’t use sticks, here is an example of cake balls.