How to Make and Decorate Cake Pops
It's common knowledge that everything tastes better on a stick—cake is no exception. Cake pops are all the rage for all the right reasons: They're adorable and adaptable; they don't require serving utensils and plates; and they're just the right size for tiny hands (or anyone trying to keep themselves from eating a whole cake, ahem). Why, then, are people nervous to make them?
As it turns out, cake pops are a fairly easy project—somewhere in between cake-mix cupcakes and a fondant-covered wedding cake in terms of time and baking expertise. Here are simple step-by-step instructions and a video to get you started, and plenty of inspiration for creating these cake cuties.
How to Make Cake Pops, Method #1: Pre-Baked Cake
We have so many cake recipes to try.
Video: How to make cake balls
How to Make Cake Pops, Method #2: Using a Baking Dish
Instead of rolling your cake-and-frosting mixture, press it into a baking dish and use a cookie cutter to create shapes, like these hearts for Valentine's Day.
Watch this sweet video to see how to use cookie cutters to make cake pops.
How to Make Cake Pops, Method #3: Using a Cake-Pop Pan
To use a cake-pop pan, first spray the pan with cooking spray. Make a cake batter and spoon it into the bottom pan (no frosting "binder" needed), filling to the top. Secure top half of pan and bake for 15-18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then remove. When completely cool, use a sharp knife to gently cut off the raised edge around the middle so balls are perfectly round.
Some like to use cake-ball pans, like these -- but you can easily roll your balls by hand.
How to Make Cake Pops, Method #4: Using a Cake-Pop Appliance
If you're into gadgets, check out this video on how to use a special cake-pop appliance, the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker, which works much like a waffle maker.
Get Creative with Decorating
When it comes to decorating these tasty little treats, the sky's the limit.
Make cheesecake balls by scooping and rolling the filling of a baked cheesecake. Photo by Sashja2413
See more decorating ideas in our cake-pop gallery.
Try the pie variation.
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