Cake pops are all the rage these days, and for good reason. They are cute and delicious, and they give you something to do with any leftover cake scraps you might have. This means when you’ve finished sculpting that perfect birthday cake, you shouldn’t throw away the scraps. Just mix them up with some frosting and you’ve got yourself cake pops that are ready to frost and decorate. There are other methods of making them, like using a cake pop maker, but this particular recipe is for the original type using scraps and frosting. It’s also the most easy cake pop recipe because it uses cake scraps you already have, or boxed cake mix, and canned pre-made frosting instead of homemade ingredients.
Easy Cake Pop Recipe (Chocolate)
Ingredients and Whatnot
- Cake scraps and/or cake made to destroy and form into delicious balls (chocolate)
- 1 can of frosting (chocolate)
- 1 bag of chocolate
- sprinkles (chocolate? of course!)
- As many cake pop sticks as you think you will need (a dozen or so)
- Styrofoam or a cake pop stand
- Mixing bowl
- Pyrex or other microwave safe bowl
- Bake the cake if you aren't using scraps. The instructions are on the box, since this is the easy recipe
- In the mixing bowl, mangle that cake. You can use a food processor, a fork, your hands, whatever.
- Dump some (not all!) of the frosting in with the cake and mix it up. Continue adding frosting until you get a semi-solid sticky lump of chocolatey goodness. If you can't form the whole thing into a ball that holds its shape you may have gone a bit too far with the frosting. That's okay! Make more cake! And then keep working it until you get a good consistency.
- Form the sticky chocolatey lump into balls that are an inch or two in diameter and set them on a cookie sheet.
- Jam a cake pop stick in them and set them in the freeze to chill for 15 to 20 minutes
- When the cake pops are just about ready to pull out of the freezer, dump your bag of chocolate into the microwave safe bowl and nuke it until melted. You're not cooking it here, just melting it so go easy on the timing.
- Pull out your cake pops, dip them in the chocolate so they're completely covered. Hold them for a moment until the excess has dripped off, and then dip them or cover them in sprinkles.
- Poke them into your styrofoam or set them in your cake pop holder, and put them back in the fridge to freeze overnight. You can also set them back on the cookie sheet, but you will get weird flat-topped cake pops. Boo!
As mentioned above, you can make cake pops with something like the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker, but then you miss out on the flavor of the frosting/cake combination. The babycakes machine is pretty handy though, and it makes quick and great little snacks.
Without all the gadgets, the above recipe is probably the easiest way to make cake pops. I’ve always enjoyed the results and I hope you do too.
It’s delicious! It’s fun! And it’s easy to make! Over the past few years, red velvet cake pops have been a hit on all kinds of parties, whether it be in children’s parties, weddings, birthdays or any kind of event! And with Valentine’s day fast approaching, there has never been a better time to try this little recipe. The taste of red velvet cake pops is so mouth-watering and delicious that guests will keep on asking for more. You can even make a profit out of it by supplying them to parties.
That being said, here is an easy red velvet cake pops recipe that you can easily follow.
Red Velvet Cake Pop Recipe
Ingredients and Whatnot
- 18 ¼ ounces of red velvet cake mix
- 12 ounces of cream cheese frosting
- Candy coating of your choice, about 48 ounces
- Lollipop sticks (preferably paper lollipop sticks)
- Sprinkles, nuts and other decorations
- Follow the instructions on the red velvet cake mix box and bake it. Once it is baked let it cool down.
- Once the red velvet cake is cold enough, crumble it into fine pieces and place it in a large bowl.
- Fold the cream cheese frosting into the cake crumbles. Use the back of a spoon to do this. A spatula may be too soft for this job.
- If the mixture is soft enough, take a portion of the mixture and roll it into a ball with a 1 ½ inch diameter. If the mixture does not hold into place, then this means you need to add more cream cheese frosting.
- Cover the balls with plastic wrap
- Place the covered balls in the refrigerator and let it stay there for 2 - 3 hours. If you are rushing this preparation, you may place it in a freezer for 15 minutes.
- Choose the color of your candy coating and place it in a microwavable bowl and let it melt. Make sure you stir it every 30 seconds.
- Take a Styrofoam block and place it on wax paper. Take your lollipop sticks and poke it in the red velvet pops. If they don't stick, then dip the lollipop stick slightly on the melted candy to act as candy glue.
- Dip the cake pop into the melted candy and let it dry by letting it stand in the Styrofoam block.
- Be creative and decorate the cake pops with sprinkles of your choice.
Some Tips to Help You Out!
If you are having a hard time looking for ready-made cream cheese frosting, you can simply mix cream cheese frosting with heavy whip cream. Use an electric mixer to whip the cream cheese until it is fluffy and then add the heavy cream and whip them together.
To make the presentation of your cake pops better, use ribbons that you can tie to your lollipop sticks. You can even make faces on the cake pops by using chocolate droplets as eyes and sprinkles as hair. You can also make cake pop animals which are perfect for children’s parties.
There are red candy coating blocks that you can melt as well. If you use red as candy coating, guests can easily figure out that you are serving red velvet cake pops!
This will also be a great activity for the kids to do! Enjoy and have fun baking your Valentines Day cake pops!