{DIY} Cake Pops

Today is Ms. Sophie Joan's summer birthday celebration at school. {Her real b-day falls on August 13th} So for her special snack day we made cake pops yesterday! I thought it would be an easy feat to accomplish. 
Boy was I mistaken!
Has anyone else tried to make these tasty treats before? 
I began my adventure documenting my process....heheh- who do I think I am?

It all seemed easy enough. I'm always up for a baking challenge. And it started out fun!The easy/fun part did not last long.
Perhaps you will not have the same problems as I did. 

::{DIY Cake Pops}::

Assemble your ingredients and tools:
  • 1 box cake mix + ingredients for baking (eggs, water, oil)
  • 9x13 pan
  • 1 can of frosting/ or 2 cups homemade frosting {I used 1 cup...2 seemed like way too much}
  • sheet pan or mini muffin pan for resting cake pops in the fridge
  • lollipop sticks
  • chocolate candy melts

1. Make and bake your cake for the designated time (30-35 mins). 
Pull out of the oven and let completely cool. (Hour- hour 1/2)

2. Crumble up your cake. I used a mixer to save a bit of time, 
but fingers and utensils would work absolutely fine. 
Add in the frosting and continue to mix until well incorporated. 
Allow mix to REST for a few minutes.

3. Use a melon baller or tablespoon to measure out your balls. 
Roll uniformly. {Appx. 1-1/2"}
Place on a sheet pan. Refrigerate until firm (10 minutes or so).

4. Melt your chocolate in a small dish or measuring cup in 30 second intervals.
It should have a nice, slightly runny consistency. Dip the tip of your stick into the chocolate 
{*note: Use sparingly.} Insert into your chilled, firm cake ball.
This will help the cake ball stay on the stick.
Put them back into the refrigerator to harden.
A few minutes should do the trick.

5. Set up your foam block for drying.
Make sure your chocolate is still melted- mic. it for 30 more seconds to be sure. 
Meanwhile pull out your cake pops, yet again.

6. Dip those puppies into your chocolate, tapping off any extra for a nice, smooth, even coating. Garnish with a few sprinkles (or what have you) and place into your foam block for drying! Voila! 
Keep cool until the chocolate sets. 
And there are your beautiful Cake Pops! 
{Yields about 35-40 pops}

Easy peasy, right? Sure sounds like it.
My problems arouse from not reading directions properly. (Oops).
Like, for instance, I did not realize I needed to mix in frosting with the crumbled cake. So I had to whip some up quickly. Some of the pops cracked off the stick when immersed into the chocolate. Creating a crumby mess.
I do not own a piece of crafty foam and I figured I could make some kind of makeshift stand to dry the finished project {WRONG!}. I ended up drying them the way you would make a candy apple. Which they turned out cute nonetheless. 
 Next time, {ha! listen to me....will there actually be a next time? The world may never know.} I may just buy a bag of white chocolate chips with a few drops of food coloring. {Did I mention I ran out of chocolate? So I have 5 naked Cake Pops}. And I'll be sure to have a foam block for drying. 

I lost my cool a few times in the process. Baking is NOT therapeutic, at least with these. I rushed for some information and found a GREAT tutorial website that momentarily calmed me down with the easy flow of her workings: 
Check out Cakeb0t her site is lovely and helpful or you can watch her demo on YouTube:

Good luck and happy eating!!


  1. These kinds of projects always sound easy, but then they're not and they make me freak out, too! haha. But they turned out ADORABLE.

  2. Sometimes I question myself as to why I get myself into these things. haha. I guess it's just my nature!

  3. They look yummy! I made the ones shaped like cupcakes before, with pink chocolate tops and regular chocolate bottoms. It was a 2 day project!

  4. Hahaha! 2 days is some hardcore patience! I would have thrown them out the window. Then probably regret doing so....I'm surprised I don't have more things in my yard than I do :)

  5. i am making the regular cake pops in a variety of colors and putting them in little clay flower pots for brayden to give to all his grandmas and aunts on mothers day.


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