Cakes - Cake Pops or Cake Balls; How to Make

Topiary Cake Pops Recipe TutorialCake pops are made from cake balls styled as a lollipop, shaped into many sizes, flavors, and colors. They are typically make with Shortened butter cakes or oil cakes, such as cake mixes. Here we show you how to attach the formed cake ball to a lollipop stick and how to dip it in candy melts to make a cake pop. For more information, go to our tutorial Cake Pops 101. After you make the cake pops or balls, attach them to lollipop sticks and dip.

This technique is used with the: Topiary Cake Pops Recipe Tutorial

Makes 25-30 cake pops
2 1/2 - 3 cups Cake scraps or a baked and cooled cake from a mix; you can use the cake scraps generated from our Festive Caramel Mini-Cakes Petits Fours Recipe Tutorial.
1/2 - 1 cup buttercream icing that does not require refrigeration, such as Tami's or Perfect Buttercream, or store-bought icing; use the left-over frosting from our Festive Caramel Mini-Cakes Petits Fours Recipe Tutorial.

Make the Cake Pop Mixture:

1. Crumble about  cake scraps or baked and cooled cake in a large bowl.
NOTE: you want the cake particles to be very small. If your cake has very hard edges, cut them off first.

2. Add about 1/2 cup frosting to the crumbled cake and mix it into the cake crumbs. Gently squeeze the mixture in your hands to make sure that the frosting is evenly distributed.
Squeeze the mixture in your hand. If it holds together, do not add more icing. If it is still VERY crumbly, add a little more frosting and mix again.
The mixture should still look a little crumbly. A rest in the fridge will transform this mixture to a nice dough-like consistency.
Gather the mixture together and wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1/2 hour.
SARAH SAYS: You do not want to add too much frosting to your cake. If you do, the cake ball will have an unpleasant “wet cake” texture”.

Form the Cake Balls:
1. After the cake ball “dough” has rested in the refrigerator for 1/2 hour, it is time to form the cake balls.
Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of the mixture, then compress it a little with your hands. Then roll it into a nice neat ball.
Place the finished cake balls on a large platter or a baking sheet.
When finished rolling, cover the cake balls with plastic wrap, then place them in the refrigerator for about an hour.


2. Attach Lollipop Sticks and Dip.

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