Hello and happy Monday! Today’s post is a little unusual in that I’m sharing a kind of sweet I haven’t often made, cake pops.
I love how charming they looked laden with sparkly sanding sugar. And they yumminess… oh the yumminess!
One of the sweetest parts – Cake pop aficionado and lovely blogger friend of mine, Niner of Niner Bakes, is here from Germany visiting me for a few weeks. You can check out her step by step tutorial on making cake pops here and her cake pop trouble-shooting guide here. She’s especially talented at making cake pops, and taught me some valuable decorating tips and tricks. I’ll share a few below in a little tutorial on how we decorated these (well, she decorated these actually!).
Making Cake Pops using the Easy Roller
First off, a thanks to my lovely sponsor, Heavenly Cake Pops, for providing me an Easy Roller to try out. The Easy Roller, pictured below, is a tool which is used to roll approximately 21 cake balls at a time – it definitely helped us make cake pops faster than it would rolling them by hand. Besides speed, a huge benefit is that each cake ball is uniform… consistently 1.25 inches in diameter and weighing 26 grams or 7/8 of 1 oz. Definitely an invaluable tool for anyone who needs to make a large amount of cake balls for orders etc. You can find more info. on purchasing the Easy Roller here and a ton of helpful how to videos here, including how to make cake pops from start to finish using the Easy Roller.
As it was our first time using the roller, it took a little longer than it normally would as we meticulously followed these how-to videos. Once we did the first batch it went quickly, and the cake pops turned out perfectly.
We posted a few videos on Instagram to show the process of making these cake pops. Click on the play button above to watch.
Once the cake balls are rolled, time to decorate!
Dipping Cake Pops
- Wilton Candy Melts
- Vegetable Oil
- Lollipop Sticks
- Sanding Sugar
- Preferably deeper, (microwave-safe), bowls for easier dipping
Step 1: Melt the candy melts in a a microwave 30 seconds at a time. Stir and repeat for a total of about 2 or more minutes. It will depend on your microwave.
Step 2: Mix a small amount of vegetable oil (approximately a teaspoon at a time) into the candy melts and stir. Keep adding more until you reach a your desired consistency. Watch the video below to see how the melts flow smoothly.
Step 3: Dip the lollipop sticks into the chocolate melts and then insert about half way into the cake ball. You can see @ninerbakes Instagram video on dipping the sticks and inserting them in the cake pops here (just hold the cake ball and lay it down instead of inserting it downwards).
Step 4: Put the tray of cake balls with sticks into the freezer for approximately 10 minutes.
Step 5: Dip the cake pop into the chocolate melts, turn the cake pop to let the chocolate drip, and if needed, tap the wrist of the arm holding the cake pop to help all the excess chocolate drip.
Step 6: While turning the cake pop, sprinkle sanding sugar on the wet chocolate.
Step 7: Set the cake pops into a stand, in a vase with sugar, or styrofoam to let the cake pops dry.
I love the sweet simplicity of these cake pops but you could easily dress them up with some cute ribbon or tags.
Hope you have as much fun as we did making these!
p.s. The jars pictured here I bought about 4 years ago on Amazon. They’re called the Grasslands Road Just Desserts Cupcake Pedestal Candy Jars and unfortunately I can’t find any which are available for sale right now. I checked the Grasslands Road website as well and don’t see them in stock.