You won’t need a special cake pop pan for this! D.I.Y: Homemade Cake Pops are always a fun addition to any festivity, gift basket and more! If you have kids, they can easily join in and help you make these!
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This year, for Valentines day, instead of buying cards at the store for my son’s class, we decided to make these pops. They turned out beautiful, super sweet, moist and to perfection! He went to school and was proud to share this special (and home made) gift with his classmates. And yes, I know Valentines day has passed… but these are really fun for any occasion, party favor, gift or just as a fun dessert for the family!
Now, I don’t have a special cake pop pan, mold or gadget, and to be completely honest, we just have no more room for any more pans or gadgets at the moment … I have too many! Here I will teach you how to make these without the special pans or molds.
So, Now to the recipe of the day!
What You Need
Will make approx 20 (I had used double the recipe for approx 40 pops)
- 1 box of your favorite boxed cake mix (I used Funfetti)
- 2 cans of your frosting of choice (again, I used the Funfetti Vanilla flavored frosting)
- Cake Pop Sticks (I purchased mine at my local Dollar store, but you can also find them here:
on Amazon, it’s actually a great deal. My local dollar store sells 25 pcs. for $1.11 ea set, and on amazon you get 100 for approx. $4.00)
- White chocolate (just a handful of white chocolate chips or 1/4 of a white chocolate bakers bar (Just enough for dipping the sticks to use as glue)
- 1 tbsp rounded scoop (pictured below in post) OR something rounded to scoop, like a small cookie scoop (like an ice cream scooper, but smaller portions)
- Styrofoam blocks (found in the crafting section at the Dollar Store!) you will use this to “stand” the cake pops. Or you can use a cake pop stand.
- 4′ x 2″ (approx size) loot/goody bags to wrap individual pops; any special bows or lace is optional as well
(If you are using a cake pop pan or mold, you can obviously skip steps 1-3)
- Bake your cake as usual, following box directions (or your personal cake recipe of choice). Once baked, set aside and allow for it to cool completely.
- In a large bowl, using your clean hands, crumble the cake (this is a fun part the kids will definitely enjoy doing for you). Once crumbled, add 1 can of frosting (in scattered scoops as seen in #2 on the above picture) and again, using your hands…. incorporate it well into the cake. You can use a utensil, but I found my hands as the fastest and easiest way to do this.
- This is where I used my rounded (half circle) Betty Crocker 1 TBSP measuring scoop (you can use an ice cream scoop or any half dome type scoop just try to make sure it’s not too big – I scooped 1 Tbsp (packed) of the cake mix and then rolled it into a ball with my hands and set each one aside on a parchment lined surface.
- Melt your chocolate in the microwave at 30 second intervals (remove and stir; 1 -2 times in the microwave should be enough to melt such a small amount of chocolate)
- Dip the tip (1/4″ approx) your cake pop stick into the white chocolate (this will be your “glue”)
- Insert chocolate covered stick into the cake pop. Once all sticks have been inserted you will need to place them in the freezer for approx 20-30 minutes (to set the chocolate glue). If you do not have space in your freezer (like me!) your fridge will work as well, but I would leave it for a longer time (a couple of hours; 2-3). I left mine in the refrigerator overnight (it was late night when I started the pops, so it just worked out perfectly this way lol)
- Now that your cake pops have chilled in the fridge/freezer, you need to melt down your frosting. Put contents into a microwave safe bowl or cup (I used a long and narrow mug so dipping would be easier) Melt this at 25-30 second intervals. DO NOT OVER MELT IT! You want a semi-thick consistency. If it becomes too “liquidy” you can set it in the fridge for a few minutes to allow it to thicken up a bit.
- Now, dip your cake pops and gently (while still upside down) allow any excess frosting to drip off (or use the side of your cup/bowl to smoothen it out or gently twirl the stick). If you are adding any toppings (like sprinkles or edible glitter) now is the time to sprinkle it on! (Yes, I understand that funfetti frosting comes with sprinkles … but my mommy brain kicked in and I completely forgot about them and used different sprinkles! LOL !)
- Place completed pops into your cake pop holder or slotted styrofoam base (you can make the slots as you go when you stick the cake pops in, just make sure not to place them too close together; do not let them touch). Now, put them back into the freezer for at least 30 min so frosting hardens. If you place them in the refrigerator, you can leave them in longer.
- Once frosting is hardened (dry) you can begin to wrap them individually. I purchased little 4″x 2″ loot/treat bags from the local dollar store which worked out PERFECTLY!
CONGRATS….You are FINISHED! I suggest keeping these amazingly delicious treats in the fridge until you are ready to use, give or hand them out! Keep away from heat, or the frosting will begin to melt
At first (especially when first dipping these pops in frosting) it may seem tedious, but I can assure you that after the first few you will develop a rhythm and complete these faster than you imagined. Since these keep well in the fridge for days, you can make them a few days in advance if you have a special event coming up (instead of waiting until the last-minute). I have done something very similar to this with Oreos as well for my daughters baptism (as her “kid-friendly” party favors)and they were a HIT! (post to come)
Let me know how they turn out for you! What flavors or decorations did you use?
Keep me posted! and ENJOY!