A few weeks ago, I came across a bunch of cute baking supplies. I’m a big baker, so I love anything that makes my desserts look cute. Plus, they were such great bright colors for spring. What really caught my eye though was a package of lollipop sticks with little hearts on them. I’ve read Bakerella for years and while I’ve made a few of her dessert recipes, I’ve never made cake pops before. As soon as I saw these lollipop sticks, I knew I wanted to make some Valentine’s Day cake pops.
Cake pops are fairly easy to make- you basically bake a cake, crumble it up, mix in some frosting, roll them into balls, and dip them in candy coating. I bought some bright pink candy melts, candy pearls, and edible glitter stars to decorate them with.
The first step is to bake a cake. Any box mix will do. I used Funfetti cake (I wanted chocolate with chocolate frosting and G wanted Funfetti with buttercream frosting so we compromised and used Funfetti cake with chocolate frosting). Keep in mind that most of the flavor for the cake pops will come from the frosting. Follow the box instructions for making the cake. Let the cake cool completely and then crumble it up into a bowl. You don’t want any big chunks of cake left.
Add 1/2 to 3/4 of a can of frosting to the cake mix. You want it to hold the cake together but not be too moist. Use the back of a spoon to mix the frosting and cake crumbles together until mixed. Roll the cake into 1 1/2 inch balls (G ate some of the cake before I got to it so I only ended up with about 3 dozen). Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm them up.
Melt the candy coating in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time. I added some shortening because my candy coating was a little thick. You can also use vegetable oil to create a thinner consistency.
Dip the cake pop into the candy coating until it is thoroughly covered, trying to only dip it once in the coating. Remove the cake pop from the coating and gently tap the lollipop stick against the bowl so excess coating drips off the cake pop. Rotate the cake pop as you do this. Add any sprinkles or decorations to the cake pop while the coating is still wet. Place the lollipop stick into a Styrofoam block or cake pop holder to let it dry.
My Valentine’s Day cake pops may not be as perfect as Bakerella’s, but they’re still pretty cute. These were pretty easy to make and they were really good! Mine tasted like chocolate frosting and the candy coating had a sugary vanilla flavor.
I’m really happy with how my Valentine’s Day cake pops turned out and I will definitely be making more cake pops in the future. Plus, there are so many cute cake pop decorations! I really like these heart and candy-striped lollipop sticks and the edible glitter stars were really fun.