Cake pops are such a fun and easy way to make a treat for a birthday party or a special day, like Valentine’s Day! I love that you can make them in stages if you don’t have time to spend a few hours making a batch of cake pops in one day.
This particular batch of cake pops I made in stages and it worked out great! I baked a cake on one day, then the next we put the cake pops together…of course when I had my hand help with me! These are a perfect treat for kids to make (with supervision) and get their hands dirty! Its pretty fun! Kind of like making play dough balls! What kid wouldn’t love that??
The other nice thing about cakepops is that you if you keep a cake mix, can of frosting and some melting chocolate around, you can whip these babies up in a jiffy!
How to Make Valentine’s Day Cake Pops
What you need for cakepops:
1 baked cake mix of your choice ( I used chocolate)
1 can of pre-made frosting (I used milk chocolate)
How to make cake pops:
- Put your baked and cooled cake into a bowl and mashed it up with your hands. This was the girls’ favorite part! You want to keep crumbling until the cake is in very small pieces and looks pretty much like dirt.
2. Add 1/4 cup of frosting at a time and mix in to cake crumbs. A little tip** only add just enough frosting to make the cake pops come together in a nice ball. You don’t want too much frosting, they will be overly sweet and will sag a little bit.
3. When you can form a ball, roll the cake crumbs into 1 inch balls and place onto a platter that will fit in your freezer. 4. Melt the melting chocolate in a tall skinny glass, for maximum dipping depth! I used to melt my chocolate in a bowl and I would have to roll the cake pops around and it didn’t work as well as a tall glass! I wish I would have figured that out sooner! Dip the end of the stick or straw in the the chocolate about 1 inch, then insert into the cake ball. Try to get the straw as straight as possible as they will look more uniform in the end.
This layer of chocolate will help the cake pop adhere to the stick as well as form a base around the bottom of the stick so that covering the cakepop in chocolate will be easier. It is the same idea as “cutting in” while painting.
5. Put your platter of pretty pops into the freezer! Wait 15 minutes or a day, whatever floats your boat.
Dipping the cake pops:
6. This is the final step in your cake pop making process. Melt your chocolate in the microwave (20 seconds, then stir- until melted through).
7. Dip the cake pop gently in the melted chocolate and allow the excess to drip off the cake pop.
8. Place your chocolate covered cake pop onto parchment paper or a silpat. I made the mistake of not using a nonstick surface one time. It was a sad day. Learn from my mistakes and don’t do that! 🙂
9. Be sure to add your sprinkles quickly before the chocolate hardens. It only takes 30 seconds or so depending on your temp, so place the cake pop and then sprinkle asap!
10. Almost done! I like to add a little pizzaz to the top of the stick by adding some ribbon or lace! It takes 2 seconds, but as you can see in the pics below, it makes them look just a little more special!
Giving your Cake Pops as a Gift
I found this cute packaging for gifting mini bread loaves and thought it would be perfect packaging for giving away cake pops as a gift. I think the whole thing was $1.48 for a pack of 5! So cute!!
What are you planning on giving your loved ones for Valentine’s Day? These cake pops would be a perfect little treat!