Every holiday we end up making at least a hundred cake pops for friends and family because they love them so much. The one thing I have to say about making cake pops without using a cake pop maker is that they are super duper time consuming. However, making them all by hand makes them a million times better! Here's our method and some fun decorating ideas.
Cake (we use a box mix, usually in a holiday flavor like spice cake or red velvet)
Frosting (we use store bought whipped frosting)
Sprinkles, candy and any other decorating item you choose
Cake pop stand
Chocolate melter (optional)
Large mixing bowl
First bake your cake. We used a Christmas Funfetti cake for these cake pops
Once cooled, crumble your cake into a large mixing bowl
Add in about 1/3 of your tub of frosting and mix into the cake
Mix until completely incorporated
Use a tablespoon to measure out the mix
Roll mixture in between clean hands to form smooth balls. Yes, this is time consuming but it will make the most delicious cake pops you've ever tasted. Once all your balls are rolled, place them onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Then place them in the fridge for about 2 hours. This step is very important to allow the balls to form.
Once your balls are formed, melt your chocolate. We use Wilton candy melts as they come in a ton of colors and are easy to use. We have a chocolate melter but you can use the double boiler method or melt your chocolate in the microwave. Just remember not to burn the chocolate. We prefer the chocolate melter as it has a warmer setting that keeps the chocolate perfectly melted while we work with it. Take your lollipop sticks and dip the end in chocolate. Then dip the stick into your cake ball.
Once all your sticks are in your cake balls, put it back into the fridge and wait an additional 2 hours before decorating. This is extremely important, if you don't set the chocolate, your cake will fall right off the stick when you go to cover it in chocolate.
To make the polar bears, use melted white chocolate to "glue" on almond joy bites like the above picture. Use the tan colored ones so that they color does not show through the chocolate. Wait until chocolate hardens before continuing.
Once your cake pops are ready, dip into the chocolate and gently tap off excess chocolate. Set into a lollipop holder (either bought or made at home) to let dry.
Once they've cooled "glue" on little black sprinkles for eyes and noses. Use a food coloring marker to draw on a little smile.
Use sprinkles and candies to make all sorts of other designs. Once cooled completely, cover with a treat bag, tie with a ribbon and make your friends and family happy with these cute cake pops!
This was an extremely long post so thanks for sticking with me. Let me know if you try this recipe and what type of pops you designed! XO
*Note, the polar bear idea was my husbands, he is a lot more creative (and patient) then I am when it comes to decorating the cake pops!