I am usually in charge of bringing dessert for family gatherings, and I try to bring something different every time. Cake pops are everywhere, but I have never made them. I have wondered how difficult they would be to make and it turns out that they are pretty simple to put together.
I chose to use milk chocolate and white chocolate for the shell. I could not find any gluten free candy melts readily available in stores near me on short notice. I will be storing my cake pops in the refrigerator until dessert time.
If you are looking for a kid friendly kitchen activity, forming and decorating cake pops is very kid friendly. They will love using their hands to form the pops. You can keep decorating plain or set them up with vegan sprinkles, sanding sugar or chopped chocolate for toppings.
Fun and adorable, cake pops are easy to make and delicious. Choose home made or store bought cake and frosting.
Crumb cake into a large bowl. I used 3/4 of an 8x8 pan of chocolate cake.
Measure out frosting and add it to the crumbs. Mix the crumbs and frosting well until the frosting has been completely incorporated in to the crumbs. It will still look like crumbs, but will hold together when pressed together.
Roll the mix into 1" balls, pressing firmly. It is important to compact the cake mixture so it doesn't fall apart during coating.
Place pops on a parchment paper covered baking tray and place in the freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.
Place 1/4 cup of chocolate or white chocolate chips in a microwave bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds at a time, stirring well in between until completely melted. Add 1/4 tsp. of oil to chocolate and stir well. This will help the chocolate to coat smoothly.
Remove one cake pop from the freezer at a time. Dip a lollipop stick in the chocolate and insert into the bottom of the pop to the center, being careful not to push out the top. Spoon chocolate over the pop, turning pop slowly over the bowl. Gently shake the pop to allow excess to go back into the bowl.
The chocolate will set up quickly. If sprinkles or sanding sugar is desired, gently dip pop into decorations before the chocolate sets. Set pop into styrofoam, firmly pressing on stick, not pop. Allow to dry completely.
Continue with the rest of the cake pops, removing one at a time from freezer, melting chocolate and adding oil as needed. For white chocolate on chocolate cake, coat twice. Coat once, allow to set, then coat a second time.
To display the cake pops, cut a piece of Styrofoam slightly larger than your serving piece and press the Styrofoam into place tightly. Firmly press pop sticks into the Styrofoam. Once all the pops are in place, cover any Styrofoam showing with tissue paper.
These can be made a couple of days beforehand and kept refrigerated until needed.
This Cake Pops recipe is vegetarian and gluten free with ingredient substitutions.