Perfect for Labor Day! This is the second cake pop dessert I’ve made. Patriotic and fun — perfect for little ones + the big kid inside us.
Practice and patience!
Standard cake pop recipe, ingredients and things you’ll need….
- Packaged cake mix (two boxes)
- Canned frosting
- Cookie dough scoop or small spoon
- Candy/chocolate melts red, white and blue
- Treat sticks, 6 inches length
- Sprinkles ( I chose white crystal sprinkles and little star decorations)
- At least 1 inch thick styrofoam
- Rectangle tray, 10 inches x 14 inches
- Tissue paper
- Paramount crystals or vegetable oil (Note: I read oil can ruin the taste and/or color of chocolate melts. My preference to thin melts is paramount crystals)
Directions: Bake cake according to package directions and may need to bake two (2) cakes depending on how many pops you need. You can choose any flavor, I chose vanilla. After cake is done baking, carefully use a knife or your fingers to remove brown edges on top and bottom. Removing the brown edging will help the cake pops with a consistent color. Crumble the cake into a bowl, appears like moist bread crumbs. Amount of frosting depends on how moist your cake is — I used 4 tablespoons. Blend prepackaged frosting into crumbled cake; knead mixture together. Small balls are better (size of a quarter or smaller); try to roll each ball identical. Place on wax paper and freeze for one hour to harden.
Melt the candy in microwavable bowl; read package directions carefully! Stir candy after 30 seconds, you’ll see how quickly they melt. I used crystals to thin candy melts. Melt one color at a time. Remove cake pops from freezer, dip 1/2 inch or less of stick into candy melt and insert into cake ball. It’s like glue, helps keep it together. Place back in freezer for a few minutes to harden. Time to dip — I remove 3-5 cake pops from the freezer and begin dipping. Quick dip, spinning pop lightly to cover entire ball. Have decorations ready because frosting dries super fast. Sprinkle decorations onto cake pop, allow to set.
I used a tray similar to serving tray. Measure and cut the styrofoam to fit inside tray; cover styrofoam with tissue paper. Insert cake pops thru tissue paper into styrofoam — arrange a flag style. Smaller cake pops are better for this design as they may wobble or tip. Display and enjoy : )