It’s a cake. It’s a lollipop. It’s a…cake pop!

Have you been introduced to the world of Cake Pops?

Cake pop – cake on a stick that’s coated with melted chocolate.  The description doesn’t sound very enticing but wait till you see the possibilities you can create.

Photo credited to Bakerella 

Last week was my first attempt at baking cake pops  for Sophie’s Teacher’s Day presents.  I got to say that it was not as easy as it looked on Youtube! Even sourcing for the ingredients was a bit of a nightmare, as I had to go to a couple of places as trusty Phoon Huat, the mother of baking supplies in Singapore, ran out of candy melts, the key to decorating cake pops.

I know some of you may be interested to try baking some yourself, so here is the recipe from the Queen of Cake Pops, Bakerella and some tips I wished I knew before I started.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
  • 1 can frosting (16 oz.)
  • Wax paper
  • Red candy melts
  • Lollipop sticks (I used bamboo skewers)
  • Sprinkles (I used the green colored one as the leaf)
  • Pocky (for the stem of the apple)
  •  Styrofoam block

No candy melts? You can buy candy dips and color them like what I did

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into a large bowl
  2. Mix thoroughly with frosting

Tips: Start with 1 quarter can and add more if needed. The consistency you want is a bit wet so that the cake can be moulded into the desired shape.

  1. Freeze mixture for 25 minutes. It should be a bit hard so that the dough will not break apart
  2. While waiting, melt chocolate in the microwave per directions on package (30 sec intervals, stirring in between)

Tips: If the chocolate is too thick, you can add some oil (vegetable, sunflower or canola) to thin out the chocolate.

  1. Remove mixture from freezer and roll mixture into quarter size balls and place on wax paper covered cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50)
  2. To get the apple shape, you want the top to be a little fatter than the base.
  3. Dip the tip of your lollipop stick in a little of the melted candy coating and insert into the cake balls. (Insert a little less than halfway)
  4. Place them in the freezer for 10 mins to firm up

Tips: You may want to work and alternate between two batches as the mixture tends to “loosen” after they are removed from the fridge.

  1. Once firm, carefully insert the cake ball into the candy coating by holding the lollipop stick and rotating until covered

Tips: Do not swirl the mixture into the chocolate as it may drop off the stick! It helps if you use a bowl with a deep base.

  1. Once the cake ball is covered, remove and softly tap and rotate until the excess chocolate falls off. Don’t tap too hard or the cake ball may fall off
  2. Stick into a styrofoam block and put in the fridge to dry (I used a styrofoam box which was too flimsy and caused a few accidents)
  3. If you’re decorating the apple, do insert the pokey stick and sprinkles about 1 min after they are in the fridge as the chocolate will start to harden

There you have it, a step by step instructions on making your own cake pops. If you do have a go at it, let me know if you have tips of your own to share and I’ll share the cake pop love around :)

Lets get popping!

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Comments: 24

  1. San September 11, 2011 at 9:57 PM Reply

    Looks so divine!!!

    • Susan September 12, 2011 at 2:50 PM Reply

      Thanks for the compliment. But found them a little too sweet. Got to find out how to make it less sweet.

  2. Rachel September 12, 2011 at 12:06 AM Reply

    That’s such a cute creation…looks extremely fun to do :)

    • Susan September 12, 2011 at 2:51 PM Reply

      Well, I had a few accidents on the first attempt. Hopefully I’ll get better and hope to try it again soon!

  3. Chris September 12, 2011 at 9:16 AM Reply

    Wow.. Your “applepop” looks yummy!! I love baking and cake pop! No time to bake with the little one running at home.

    • Susan September 12, 2011 at 2:53 PM Reply

      Oh… Then maybe you can share some tips of your own with me.
      I went over to bake at my brother’s place so that my brother and mom could watch over Sophie while me and my sister-in-law were busy in the kitchen.

  4. Jus September 14, 2011 at 10:33 PM Reply

    These pops looks so cute! :) Might try them next time if I have time to bake…

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  7. Sabine Manachi February 8, 2012 at 7:31 PM Reply

    where do you buy candy dips?

    • Susan February 9, 2012 at 12:27 AM Reply

      I bought the candy dips from Bake It Yourself. http://www.b-i-y.com/. Alternatively, you can use Candy Melts, which can be bought from Phoon Huat.

  8. Cynthia May 31, 2012 at 11:35 AM Reply

    I tried Moofy Pops for my son’s birthday. They made such cute cake pops!!
    Take a look at their website. http://www.moofypops.com

    • Susan May 31, 2012 at 11:57 AM Reply

      Hi Cynthia,
      Thanks for the recommendation. How did they fare in terms of taste?

  9. Cynthia June 4, 2012 at 3:15 PM Reply

    We got half of the Moofy Pops with chocolate cake and half with vanilla cake. The chocolate ones were sweeter than the vanilla cake pops, but the cake was nice and moist under the chocolate coating :)

  10. Shaik Syasya September 22, 2012 at 6:29 PM Reply

    Hey, where do you buy the candy dips/ candy melts/ candy colours from??

  11. Aknes September 22, 2012 at 6:52 PM Reply

    hi :) may i know where did u get the candy melts in singapore? thanks

    • Susan September 23, 2012 at 10:12 AM Reply

      You can buy them from Phoon Huat and Bake it Yourself :)

      Have fun baking these.

  12. eelin January 15, 2013 at 9:12 PM Reply

    May I know on terms of taste wise, using candy melts or candy dip is better?

    • Susan January 16, 2013 at 1:00 AM Reply

      They are really about the same as both are equally sweet. Do let me know if you try both.

  13. eelin January 27, 2013 at 2:16 PM Reply

    hey i managed to get candy melts from phoon huat and melts them.using microwave. however the candy melts are so thick that i cant really have a clean dip of the cake pop. any idea how to melt the candy melts to be thinner so tbat dipping is easier ? i added some veg oil to help it get smoother but it just dont work.

    • Susan January 27, 2013 at 5:42 PM Reply

      Hi Eelin,
      In my experience will have to keep melting it either in the microwave oven or over a low flame. The vegetable oil is to thin out the consistency of the candy melts. I find that this is the most tedious process in making the cake pops.

      • Eelin January 30, 2013 at 9:38 AM Reply

        Hmm, icic. how long did u roughly take to melt it?

  14. Nisha July 16, 2013 at 2:37 PM Reply

    I got this book it’s really good it’s about making cake pops it’s called Fun Stuff Cake Pops and Mini Treats.
    Hope you find this helpful!
    The book really got me into baking :-)

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