I’m not the worlds best baker but I thought I’d give America’s favourite way to eat cake a shot as it seems like more of a craft project than cooking!
I used this video tutorial by cake pop inventor Bakerella to work out the magic behind getting cake on a stick.
Start by breaking your cake into lots of small pieces then, chop all the cake up in the food processor!
Start by adding one tablespoon of icing to the cake crumbs.
Use your hands to massage the icing into the crumbs. Keep adding a tablespoon at a time until you can squeeze it into a solid ball. The trick here is not to add too much icing otherwise it becomes more of a brownie pop than a cake pop. Even if the crumbs can still fall through your fingers in little pieces, try squeezing a handful tightly into a ball. If it sticks you’ve done it right!
Use your hands to roll a handful into a ball. My cake balls ended up being the size of a golf ball which I think is larger than usual (just make sure they’re not too big to fall off the stick). I found that rolling them in my hands didn’t make them round enough so I used my fingers to even out any lumps my gently pressing.
Place your cake balls on a tray!
Melt just some of your chocolate. Dip the end of you stick into the chocolate and stick it straight into the centre of the cake ball. Pop it back on the tray with stick pointing up.
I couldn’t find proper cake pop sticks in stores, but these cocktails sticks were perfect (really strong and reusable)!
Put your cake pops in the fridge for 20 minutes to harden the chocolate.
Melt the rest of your chocolate. Technically you’re supposed to dip the cake pop in the chocolate, but I found pouring it over them worked just as well (my cake balls were a bit too heavy to dip, it was likely that they’d fall off).
This bit is really important. Tap the stick or the hand holding the stick until the excess chocolate drizzles off. This is how you get an even and smooth coating of chocolate.
Whilst the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle pretty things onto it! You can decorate cake pops however you like – I used sprinkles as they’re a super easy way to make things look pretty.
Wait till they set then nom nom nom!
I was so surprised at how easy cake pops were to make! It’s a fun way to eat cake and it will really impress your friends.