Mardi Gras Cake Pops

One of my 2013 resolutions is to master the art of making cake pops. I made a disastrous attempt about 4 years ago and haven’t tried again since. I’m generally not great with candy melts and having to coat things. It’s a baking achilles heel of mine. But if at first you don’t succeed, try try again!

I’m not sure if this attempt can be considered a full success — but it definitely wasn’t a disaster! I made these the traditional way — by baking a cake, smashing it up, adding a tub of frosting, and shaping the cake into balls. I also bought a BabyCakes cake pop maker last year. I think I’ll give that a try next time, just to change things up.

I didn’t know how I should decorate these, so I went with purple, green, and yellow – the color of Mardi Gras. Maybe one of my 2014 resolutions will be to actually attend Mardi Gras, as I’ve been wanting to go for years. Laissez los bon temps rouler!

Cake Pops
Print Recipe

1 box cake mix + required eggs, water, and oil
2 cups frosting (I used store-bought)
Lollipop sticks
Candy melts, any color(s) of your choosing
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
* Craft foam or styrofoam. A block of this will be incredibly helpful — you can place the cake pops into the craft foam. Makes them super easy to display. Craft foam can be found at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Jo-Ann’s, etc.

1. Bake a cake according to box directions.
2. Use your hands to break the cake up — smush it, smash it, make crumbs out of it. Very glamorous step.
3. Add the frosting to the cake crumbles and mix.
4. Form the cake + frosting combo into balls and place on something that will fit into your refrigerator. Refrigerate them for 1-2 hours.
5. Prepare your candy melts. Melt them in the microwave according to the directions on the back of the bag. Adding 1 Tablespoon of oil  will help to thin the melted candy melts. Once your candy melts are ready to roll, take the cake balls out of the refrigerator.
6. Dip a lollipop stick into the candy melt coating and push the stick into a cold cake pop. Dipping the stick into the melts and then into the cake pop helps the stick to adhere to the cake.
7. Dip the cake pop into the candy melt coating; allow any excess to drip off. Decorate with sprinkles if you’d like, the place the cake pop into the craft foam and allow them to dry.

If you are a visual learner like me, you might appreciate these links that could help you with the cake pop process:
How to Make Cake Pops from Love from the Oven
Cake Balls, Halloween Style from the Pioneer Woman
How to Make Cake Pops from A Beautiful Mess
And of course, the Queen of the Cake Pops, Bakerella

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - February 7, 2013 - 7:41 am

    Oh my! These are so fun!ReplyCancel

  • Annie - February 7, 2013 - 8:35 am

    Thanks, Katrina!ReplyCancel

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  • Bob Diserens - March 18, 2013 - 3:32 pm

    Love your blog here just to start off, Since you said this is your ‘CHALLENGE’ area, My mother worked with candy coating and discs for the better part of 30 years of her 40 plus years baking and decorating cakes and I love working with it too, so I carefully read through your directions and if I may interject a suggestion or two;
    Ingredients:
    1.) 1 cake mix (if you use a box) makes a 9 x 13 pan.
    2.) 3/4 cup of butter-cream icing (if using a store can – 3/4 of the can) any more icing makes them hard to maintain form and can fall off stick.
    3.) only take about 6-8 out of the fridge at a time to work with on a plate with wax paper, dip a stick in the candy coating (tap off excess) press into the cake-ball and let set while you do the other 6-8 so the candy will harden inside and adhere ball to the stick. Than start dipping.
    4.) dip in coating in one motion remove and tap gently close toe the top near the ball to get excess off but not so hard it dislodge the cake ball. Turn 180 degrees and tap once to smooth coating even and then place in a Styrofoam stand to dry.

    I sell the for $2.50 each or $24.00 a doz unless centerpiece decoration is wanted and then priced accordingly.

    These are easy but time consuming especially if you do other than sprinkle decorations as they dry but oh so fun and good. I hope this helps.

    BobReplyCancel

  • Annie - March 18, 2013 - 4:13 pm

    Bob –
    Thank you for the tips! It was so nice of you to take the time to leave that comment. I will try to incorporate your suggestions next time I attempt cake pops! :)ReplyCancel

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