Birthday Cake Pops

I’m sure those of you reading have had a birthday cake, cake pop from Starbucks, you know, the baby pink ones with the white sprinkles on top that taste like heaven when you bite into it? Well, I think its a known fact that that item at Starbucks is my favourite and if it ever got discontinued I would be so so sad.

Well…I actually wouldn’t be sad, because I now know how to make them…and arguably even better than the Starbucks version :O That’s right…I said it.

So now you’re going to learn how to make cakepops and with my do’s and don’ts, hopefully yours will turn out looking better than mine!

First thing’s first… (I’m the realest) 

  • You will need the following:
    • Cake mix (or you can make your own)
      • 1 full cake will yield ~40 cake pops, so use only half of the baked cake if you don’t want/need that many
    • Icing (or homemade)
    • Candy Melts (Wilton’s is the brand I used – they have tons of colours)
    • White sprinkles (or whatever sprinkles your heart desires)
    • Lollipop sticks

Step 1:

Bake a cake. This step literally could not be any easier, especially if you’re making it from a box. (I used the French Vanilla mix – which makes it that much sweeter)

Step 2:

Once your cake is baked and cooled off, take it out of the pan and cut the crust off (the brown stuff). Trust me, this is something I did not do and it is really imperative if you want your cake pops to hold their shape.

Step 3:

Once you’ve cut the crust off, take the cake (half or full) and crumble it up in  a big bowl. Crumble it until the pieces are really small.

Step 4:

After the cake is crumbled, take a bunch of icing and mix it through the cake crumbs. This will allow the cake to stick together when you roll them into the cake pop ball shape. Use as much icing as is needed to get them to stick.
*TIP* – more icing is better

Step 5:

Once you’ve gotten a sticky cake batter, you can start rolling the mix into small ball shapes.. you don’t want to make them too large that they would fall off of the lollipop stick.

Once rolled, put them on a platter and place this platter in the fridge for 30 minutes, or in the freezer for a bit less time. It is essential that they are chilled to hold their shape.

Step 6:

While your cake pops are chilling in the fridge, take the candy melts and pour the whole bag (if making the whole cake, half for half the cake) into a pyrex glass bowl. Place the candy melts in the microwave for 30 seconds. After the first 30 s, take them out and mix the candy melts around. Once mixed a bit, they will start becoming smoother. Repeat this 30 seconds in the microwave, and stirring until the candy melts become a smooth fondue-like substance.

*TIP* – If you just put the candy melts in the microwave and do not mix, they will burn and will turn into a clay-like substance…also if you’re using coloured candy melts DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT melt them on the stove. They will turn brown and burn…

Step 7:

Take out the cake pops and the lollipop sticks. It’s time to dip! First take a lollipop stick and dip the tip (about 1/4 inch) in the candy melt mixture. Right after, put your cake pop on it. Once on the stick, dip the cake pop into the candy melt mixture. Sprinkle the top of your cake pop with some sprinkles then place your cake pop in a stand or cake pop down.

(I made a make-shift stand with a shoe box)

Step 8:

Continue the above process, and allow for your cake pops to dry and harden, and voila! You’ve got either 20 or 40 Starbucks-like birthday cake cake pops all for yourself…or to share 🙂

Hope you enjoyed my first baking adventure! If you have any recipes you want me to attempt to make, please send them my way!

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