As I mentioned in my Monday post, I spent all of Sunday baking about 200 mini-cupcakes… What I didn’t mention is that I messed up a batch of Devil’s Food mini-cupcakes. (Accidentally over-filled the cupcake pans and ended up with overly bloated cupcake tops… Whoops!) However, instead of throwing away perfectly tasty cupcakes, I decided to make cake pops! 🙂
Begin by assembling your ingredients.
You are going to need:
- Cake scraps or leftover cake
- Leftover icing
- Candy melts, which you can get online or at any craft store. (I got mine at Hobby Lobby, but they are also sold through Wilton here.)
- Lollipop sticks, which you can also get online or at craft stores.
- Microwave-safe bowl or double boiler
- Cookie scoop
- Cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper
First, crumble your cake scraps in to fine crumbs in a large bowl.
Add approximately 1/2-cup of icing. (You can always add more later if you need to, so err on the side of caution.)
Mix the icing in to the cake crumbs to create a doughy-like mixture. The mixture should be about the consistency of Play-Doh.
Using your cookie scoop, measure out about a tablespoon of the cake/icing mixture. Roll the cake/icing mixture back and forth in your hands until you create a smooth round ball.
Repeat with your remaining cake/icing mixture. (I made about 18 cake balls from a 12-cupcake recipe.)
Place your baking sheet in the freezer for approximately 20-30 minutes (or the refrigerator for 2 hours) to chill the cake balls. While the cake balls are in the freezer, melt your cookie melts according to the package directions. (Generally, in a microwave-safe bowl, microwave your candy melts for 30 seconds on 50% power. Stir and microwave for 30-second intervals until the candies are melted. You can also do this over a double-boiler.)
To assemble the pops, dip the lollipop stick in to the chocolate mixture and then stick in to the cake ball. (This small amount of candy melt will help your cake ball stick on to the stick.) Repeat with the remaining pops and let dry for approximately 2 minutes.
To coat the cake pop, dip it the melted candy, swirling to cover the whole surface.
Decorate as desired. I chose to dip the tops of mine in sprinkles! 🙂
Let dry in a cake-pop stand. (I made my own using a box covered in tin foil, with holes poked in it using a screwdriver. A large piece of styrofoam works really well too. Wilton also sells drying/display stands like this and this.)
Repeat with the remaining cake pops. If the candy melts begin to harden again, zap in the microwave for 30-second intervals on 50% power, until they are warmed again.
Any questions? Feel free to ask in the comments below! 🙂