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.
- 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: