Luckily, my co-worker Katie agreed that we should make birthday cake pops to bring into work for our birthday treats (her birthday was 9/3, mine was 9/4). Katie is just a young thing, having just celebrated her 24th birthday. I have a friend who is 11 years older than me, and I used to think she was ancient...now that's me!
I made a white cake and chocolate cake last night, to allow time for each to cool. After a long weekend of camping, I did not have time to make cakes and frosting from scratch, so I used two Betty Crocker cakes mixes and frosting.
There are many, many cake pop recipes online. Here's my version...
Birthday Cake Pops
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients (40-50 cake pops)
- 9x13 cake
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup frosting
- 1 to 1 1/2 pounds chocolate
- 1 tablespoon paramount crystals (optional)
- sprinkles (optional)
- drizzle bottles (optional)
- lollipop sticks (sold at Michael's, Jo-Ann's, cake supply stores, etc)
- styrofoam (at least 2 feet long)
- Bake a 9x13 cake, and let cool for several hours. Do not cover until cake has completely cooled.
- Crumble the cake into a large bowl with your hands (or in a food processor until fine crumbs form, which is much faster).
- Add a 1/2 to 3/4 cup of frosting (I needed a 1/2 cup for a white cake, and 3/4 cup for a chocolate cake). Mix with hands.
- Roll cake mix into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet lined with wax/parchment paper (40-50 cake balls total). A small Oxo scoop forms the perfect size balls.
- Place cake balls in the freezer for 15 minutes.
- Melt 1 pound of chocolate (add 1 tbsp of paramount crystals, if desired, to make the chocolate thinner for dipping). I used two Wilton melting pots which worked really well.
- Insert stick into chocolate, until 1-inch of the stick is covered. Then place into the center of each cake ball, and insert into styrofoam for a few minutes until hardened.
- Dip cake ball and tap on the edge of the pot until the excess chocolate drips off.
- Add desired decorations. You will need another 1/2 pound of chocolate if you drizzle chocolate after dipping.
- Place cake pop in styrofoam to hold upright, while the chocolate hardens.
- It's helpful to only remove half of the cake balls from the freezer at one time, because they will slide down the sticks if they soften too much.
- If adding sprinkles, do so immediately before the chocolate hardens. If adding drizzle, be sure to allow chocolate to harden completely.
- I use Wilton's 3x4" treat bags to cover each cake pop individually, and tie them around the lollipop stick.
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We got tired of decorating with sprinkles and drizzled the majority of our cake pops, which was much faster! Be sure to add sprinkles immediately after dipping before the chocolate hardens.