31 Oct 2011

Tutorial: Cake Pops...

Lily learns with Carousel Cupcakes
Cake Pops - bite-sized balls of decorated cake on sticks - seem to be the hottest thing in the world of cakes right now. But how on earth are they made? I'll be honest, I thought they were some how baked with a stick in them and then decorated with icing sheets which sounds very tricky to me! Luckily, I was 100% wrong and Cake Pops actually couldn't be easier to make! So, under the guidance Carousel Cupcakes' cake-maker extraordinaire, Sam, I had a go at creating some Cake Pops to call my own! To find out how to make Cake Pops yourself, read on for my very basic tutorial. For a more detailed tutorial written by Sam, click HERE.

Tutorial: Fool-proof Cake Pops 
You will need:
- A ready made basic non-decorated cake with buttercream filling
- Candy melts - Something like this. We chose chocolate orange flavoured buttons.
- Lolly sticks
- Cake decorating pens / glitter etc
- A block of styrofoam
- Optional: Wrapping - Cellofane pockets and twisty-grips.
How to:
- Gather your ingredients. Put the ready made cake in your cake mixer and blend until it's all mashed up. 
- Take small handfuls of the cake mix and roll into roughly 1 inch balls. Continue until you've used up the mix. Place on a baking tray, cover with cling film and pop in the freezer for no more than 15 minutes - you want the balls chilled through, not frozen.
- Melt down your candy coating.
- Remove cake balls from the freezer. Take a lolly stick and dip the tip of it in the candy coating then push it approx half-way into a cake ball. Repeat with all balls. 
- Submerge the cake balls in the candy coating and gently rock the stick to ensure the ball gets completely covered in coating (if needed, use a spoon to help get all parts covered). Do not twist the stick or your cake ball might fall off into the candy coating!
- Remove the cake ball from the candy coating, hold the stick horizontal over the mix and gently tap it. Excess coating will begin to run from the cake ball and back into the coating bowl. Continue tapping until the excess is removed.
- Stand your coated cake balls in the styrofoam block and pop them in the fridge to set.
- Remove from the fridge and get decorating - let your imagination run wild!

We created some Halloween-themed pumpkin Cake Pops:
What do you think of the results? We had great fun giving each pumpkin its own character! I was so suprised at how simple and effective Cake Pops are! I love that when you bite into them they actually do go "pop" as you crack the candy coating (simple things...) I have to say a big thank you to Sam from Carousel Cupcakes for teaching me how to make these. Please be sure to let us know if you decide to have a go at making some Cake Pops yourself - they really are a lot of fun to make and, of course, eat! Om nom nom!

Happy Halloween from Lily in the Labyrinth and Carousel Cupcakes!


  1. They're so brilliant! I've always wanted to know how they were made. x hivenn

  2. Brilliant idea! Thanks to you and Sam for the clear instructions (might try some for Christmas - get multiple balls on top of each other to make snowmen, maybe...? Idk) x

  3. Thanks Hivenn :)

    Keroppi I think it would be easier to mould a snowman shape instead of a ball and cover that in the coating. Let me know how you get on!


  4. They look great, nice to see something different too! I love how you can decorate cakepops in to characters, can let your creativity flow! x

  5. These are adorable! I might try some christmassy ones :D

  6. Wow these looks seriously amazing, I’m drooling all over the screen here, I have to tray this receipt ASAP, I bet it taste as good at it looks, it doesn’t seem so complicated to prepare, I will give it a tray! You have a lovely blog and I am a new follower! Hope you will like my blog and follow back!

    Pop Culture&Fashion Magic


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