• 1 box cake mix (any flavor), baked with ingredients as directed on box for 13x9 pan
  • 1 (16 oz) can frosting (any flavor)
  • Wilton Candy Melts
  • Sprinkles
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Styrofoam block

Ohhhh cake pops… such fun little treats!  I think everyone is familiar with them by now, but just in case… they’re sweet little balls of cake, mixed with frosting, and dipped in candy coating.  All on a stick just to make them even cuter!

If there’s one thing I am asked to make or how to make, more than anything, it’s cake pops!  Casey and I set out to make them for the first time a couple of years ago and I haven’t stopped!  I’ve made them for tons of birthdays and holidays and for no reason at all!  They are easy to make, but take just a little bit of time.  They’re worth it!  Have fun picking your favorite flavor combination.  You could go crazy and get really adventurous with your flavors, but two combinations that always go over well are: confetti cake with cream cheese frosting and chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.

Directions:

1. Bake cake according to directions on box for 13×9 pan.
2. Once cake has cooled enough to handle, crumble it into a bowl.  You can do this with a spatula, fork, or your hands.
3. After the cake is completely crumbled, mix in the frosting.  I usually use a little bit less than the entire container (maybe about 3/4 of it), but it’s up to you!
4. Once the frosting and cake have mixed to make something kind of like a soft cookie dough consistency, scoop the frosting with a tablespoon and roll it into small balls (roughly the diameter of a quarter works great) and place them on a cookie sheet. (Makes about 45 balls, depending on how big you make them)
5. After all the balls have been placed on the cookie sheet, place sheet in freezer, melt your candy melts in the microwave per package directions.  It is best to melt them in a mug or some type of microwave safe cup that is deep, but not really wide.
6. Dip the tip of your lollipop stick into the melted candy melts and then into your cake ball to help it stay on.  Insert the stick a little less than half way.
7. Place cake pops in the freezer to chill for a good half hour.
8. (You will probably need to rewarm your candy melts at this time so that they are workable.)  Taking only a few balls from the freezer at a time, dip your cake pop into the candy melt coating while holding onto the lollipop stick.  It’s best to just dip it in, rotate your stick a bit until the ball is covered. (Sometimes I leave a small area around the stick uncoated so I can tell my flavors apart if I’m doing more than one) Then pull it straight out and gently rotate and tap to allow the excess coating to fall off.  If your coating seems a bit too thick, add a little bit of vegetable oil and mix.
– If you just want to decorate with sprinkles, do that now before the coating hardens.
9.  Insert the stick into a styrofoam block so the coating can harden.
10.  If you wish to pipe any designs onto your pops, once you have dipped all of your cake pops and they have hardened, put melted coating in the color of your choice into a ziploc and cut a very small corner off of one end and pipe away!

You can display them anyway you please.  A styrofoam block wrapped in pretty wrapping paper would be cute, or a flower pot full of rice or foam to stick them in.  I even made a cake pop stand to look like a flower garden.  I just bought some styrofoam blocks, cut them to size, painted them green, and then glued on a miniature white picket fence that I got from the craft store.

For more cake pop instructions and some amazingly decorated cake pops, visit the Cake Pop Queen herself… Bakerella!
And here are some great step by step instructions from her site with pictures.