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Cake Pops

Has anyone made cake pops? I got one of those cake pop makers for Christmas and want to use it for DD's birthday this weekend. I'm a bit scared by what I'm getting myself into. Anyone have tips and tricks?

I wanted to do a test run this week...thinking I could use them for her ACTUAL birthday on Saturday (party is Sunday). How long are these good for? Can you freeze them once they're done and thaw them with good results?

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THANKS! I've been searching Pinterest for ideas but so many are just PHOTOS of cake pops or instructions on how to make them by rolling up mushed cake.

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I have made them from scratch without the cake pop maker. They were really cute, but very time consuming! I would make some just to see how it will go. Good luck!

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I've never made them, but I'm 100% sure you can freeze them Smile

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Ok, so I was just at the craft store and bought those candy melt things to dip them in. I also got white sprinkles. I might just dip them in the candy and put white sprinkles on and be done. I'm starting to worry about how much I have to do by Sunday...so I need to pick my battles!

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They do take some time.. I'd give yourself a couple hours if you're not making them special shapes or anything. I've never used the cake pop makers.. just the good ol fashioned roll into a ball, myself. SUPER easy and got a MILLION compliments on them!

Now I might just have to make some. Been craving chocolate this weekend. :oops:

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I got a cake pop maker last year for Christmas. love it, hated that it didnt make very many at a time. I used a full cake mix and it took fOREVER. Howver they did freeze wonderfully and DS snacked on them frozen from the freezer for quite a while. I would assume the could freeze at least a year (like wedding cake) however ours didnt last that long;) I have also made htem by crumbling a cake and mixing icing in with it. both ways are yummy

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Patience, Did you freeze them after they were totally made? Stick in and everything?

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Damn you heather... I now have a chocolate cake in the oven. :annoyed:

ROFL

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Heather I know we talked but Ill post here too in case anyne else is wondering. I froze them jsut the cake balls. no icing. no sticks. just balls of cake.

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"ILoveMyMiniMe" wrote:

Damn you heather... I now have a chocolate cake in the oven. :annoyed:

ROFL

LMAO! I wish you lived closer....you could make some cake for me too! Blum 3

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"Heatherbella" wrote:

LMAO! I wish you lived closer....you could make some cake for me too! Blum 3

I'm heading to the store to get some chocolate icing.. all I have is vanilla. DH is all like.. " :drool: Ohhhh :drool: What'cha :drool: :drool: mak :drool: in?? :drool: "

ROFL

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I have a cake pop maker too and they are sooooo much faster than making them by hand. My suggestion is take a boxed cake mix, omit vegetable oil, use milk in place of water, recommended eggs on box and add about 1/2 c sour cream. I live at high altitude so my recipes don't always translate perfectly but they turn into perfect balls every time in about 3.5-4 minutes.

Let them cool completely before dipping and dip the stick in the melted chocolate (or whatever) before putting it in the cake to help it stick. PM me if I can help anymore...I have a baking addiction. Wink

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Thank you Ashley! I'm a sea level...would that change anything? I'm recipe stupid. Blum 3

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"Heatherbella" wrote:

Thank you Ashley! I'm a sea level...would that change anything? I'm recipe stupid. Blum 3

Probably not, but if it seems too thick, add a little more milk (generally high altitude adds a little more flour or similar to thicken it up). I was thinking about it and I don't add as much milk as the box recommends for water, just kind of eyeball it as I pour. The sour cream does add a lot of moisture. So I'd mix that in first and then add milk to the right consistency...I do my cake batter a little thicker like brownie batter where you have to use your finger to get it off the spoon into the cake pop holes. But if that doesn't work out as well for you, just thin it out a bit. I always make 2-3 at a time until I'm sure I have a good mixture Wink

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I've made them from scratch, not with a pop maker, I'd LOVE to try a pop maker! I really like making them, but they take forever...

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They don't taste the same coming out of the cake pop maker - they taste more like traditional cake rather than the super moist, frosting mixed cake pops.

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Just thought I'd add a picture....now I wanna go home and bake!! One of the back ones fell off the stick though, this was the first time I'd done them.

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Nicely done Kristi!

Heather: you can also find some fun recipes for non-cake things you can make in the cake pop maker like poppers and ebelskivers (danish pancakes). We've had way too much with ours since getting it for Christmas if you can't tell! When I get bored, I bake - it drives DH nuts! Wink

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Hubby would LOVE it if I baked when I was bored. He loves baked items. I'm not so much of a sweet tooth!

Kristy, those cake pops look great! Did you dip them in chocolate or candy coating?

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"Heatherbella" wrote:

Hubby would LOVE it if I baked when I was bored. He loves baked items. I'm not so much of a sweet tooth!

Kristy, those cake pops look great! Did you dip them in chocolate or candy coating?

They are dipped in both, actually!! Some in milk chocolate, some in white chocolate and some in melting candy. I wasn't sure which was best, so I tried them all. The candy was the best, but maybe with different cake, or different temp, the others would work.

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Ok, I bought some of the candy coating things at Michaels the other day so I was hoping I did the right thing. Blum 3

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Ill have to look into the other recipes! I didnt realize it was so versatile!

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Ok, so I made a batch of white pops. They taste good but they don't look awesome. They are really nice and round on the bottom but not so much on the top. Does this cover with the candy dip or will they always look weird? I guess if I stick the stick in the weird looking side it might mask that a bit hey? Oh geeze, I hope this isn't a flop!

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Came back to this thread because I almost got sick on the 4 I ate last night :oops: Sooo good! Biggrin

1 9x13 cake - completely cooled.
1 can icing - not whipped as it usually doesn't hold the cake together as well, in my experience.
Mix both together in a mixer or by hand.

Roll each ball into 20-22g (1-1.5" in diameter).
Place on cookie sheet.
Freeze the balls for at least 4-6 hours so they get VERY stiff.
They will never actually freeze.. just get very firm but never rock hard..

When ready, take a few balls out at a time (so they don't get room temp - that's when you loose shape), slip a stick into the ball and dip into melted candy coating.

Turn by the handle to get excess candy off, or to make a cool design if you want while, the coating is drying (which happens fast!)

Place back onto cookie sheet to set the candy coating completely - store in fridge or freezer.

VIOLA! Biggrin

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You can do the same with a red velvet cake crumbled plus cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and butter whipped and then mixed. Then dipped in baker's chocolate. They're yummy Smile

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"nidia" wrote:

You can do the same with a red velvet cake crumbled plus cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and butter whipped and then mixed. Then dipped in baker's chocolate. They're yummy Smile

That sounds like heaven. I'm a cream cheese junkie!

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"LaurenE" wrote:

That sounds like heaven. I'm a cream cheese junkie!

I googled, here you go, just for you:

Red Velvet Cake Balls | Iowa Girl Eats

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Awwwww!!!! I'll have to go to the store after work! Biggrin

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That is a lower in cals/fat one too.. lol Yey for that! Now I am craving some!

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I cheated and used a cake pop maker that is like a waffle iron. I need to dip some today and try it.

Adriana - When you put them on the cookie sheet after you dipped them did that make a flat area or was the candy already cooled enough?

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"nidia" wrote:

You can do the same with a red velvet cake crumbled plus cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and butter whipped and then mixed. Then dipped in baker's chocolate. They're yummy Smile

WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY must you make me gain weight just by reading a thread!?!?!?! :annoyed:

:drool:

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"ILoveMyMiniMe" wrote:

WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY must you make me gain weight just by reading a thread!?!?!?! :annoyed:

:drool:

OMG, I gained 6 lbs in the last 4 weeks! GULP! I blame it on the super baby I'm growing. I only have 30.5 lbs left till I hit 200 and I REALLY want to stay under 200. Please tell me I won't put 30 more lbs on. Please? *sniff*

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"Heatherbella" wrote:

I cheated and used a cake pop maker that is like a waffle iron. I need to dip some today and try it.

Adriana - When you put them on the cookie sheet after you dipped them did that make a flat area or was the candy already cooled enough?

Actually what I do is swirl it around so it doesn't clump up.. when it "drips" the excess off.. and then I put the sticks in a block of the green stuff that holds flowers.. like for fake flowers in a vase. I can't think of that it's called.. but it's a styrofoam block. The there's no flat surface! Biggrin

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"Heatherbella" wrote:

OMG, I gained 6 lbs in the last 4 weeks! GULP! I blame it on the super baby I'm growing. I only have 30.5 lbs left till I hit 200 and I REALLY want to stay under 200. Please tell me I won't put 30 more lbs on. Please? *sniff*

:director: PUT THE CAKE POPS DOWN AND BACK AWAY SLOWLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :shock:

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"ILoveMyMiniMe" wrote:

:director: PUT THE CAKE POPS DOWN AND BACK AWAY SLOWLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :shock:

LMAO! They're for DD's birthday...honestly...but I do need to test them before I serve them to guests, right? Blum 3

I got some of those foam bricks today. I was going to use them to display the pops....hummmm...will that work? So much to learn!!!

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"Heatherbella" wrote:

LMAO! They're for DD's birthday...honestly...but I do need to test them before I serve them to guests, right? Blum 3

I got some of those foam bricks today. I was going to use them to display the pops....hummmm...will that work? So much to learn!!!

Sure will! Smile Maybe you can put put some colored tissue paper around the base of the sticks so it looks all fluffy and pretty and stuff.. not just.. green. Smile

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"Heatherbella" wrote:

LMAO! They're for DD's birthday...honestly...but I do need to test them before I serve them to guests, right? Blum 3

I got some of those foam bricks today. I was going to use them to display the pops....hummmm...will that work? So much to learn!!!

Sure will! Smile Maybe you can put put some colored tissue paper around the base of the sticks so it looks all fluffy and pretty and stuff.. not just.. green. Smile

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Ya, I was thinking of wrapping the foam bricks in something. Hubby says we have more styrofoam than that around...we'll see...

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Ok, I'm dipping these suckers! I've got 20 done. Here are my first 12. Not bad for a gal's first try!

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They turned out darling! Good work :boogie:

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Yes! I'm pretty happy! I made the chocolate balls last night after I finished dipping the purple/which cake ones. Tonight I'll dip the chocolate ones in green candy. Ugh. LOL. SO time consuming!

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Very nice!!

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They look good!

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Those are great Heather!! Here's my upside down red velvet cake pops!!

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Ummmmm, those look good Lauren! I was going to drizzle white chocolate on the green ones I also made but I ran out of patience. They are just green, which doesn't hide the bumps but whatever.