Wondering how to make cake pops from scratch? It’s easy. Here’s simple directions on turning almost any kind of cake and everyday ingredients into irresistibly charming cake pops.
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- 45 M
- 1 H, 45 M
- Makes 3 to 4 dozen
In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar and milk or half-and-half until smooth. You want the mixture to have the consistency of soft frosting. Scoop about 1/3 of the frosting mixture into a small bowl.
Crumble the cakes finely into the bowl of frosting and stir until well blended. If the cake pop mixture seems dry, add some or all the remaining frosting. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour or up to overnight.
Roll the cake pop mixture into 1-inch balls. (If you prefer cake pebbles to cake pops, make them a little imperfect so they resemble pebbles.) Place the cake pops on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and place the sheet in the fridge or freezer while you melt the chocolate or up to several hours. [Editor’s Note: The cake pops were easier to dip and in fact looked prettier when left in the freezer overnight before being dipped. This ensured they remained firm enough to stay together without creating little crumbs in the dipping chocolate.]
Melt the chocolate on low heat in the microwave or in a double boiler set over simmering water, stirring until smooth.
If you want the cake pops to be on sticks, poke a lollipop stick or wooden skewer into each cake pop and use it to dip the confection into the warm chocolate, turning to coat. Otherwise, use a fork or skewer to maneuver each cake pop as you dip. Set the dipped cake pops back on the parchment-lined baking sheet. If you like, sprinkle the cake pops with candy sprinkles, coconut, finely chopped nuts, colored sugar, or other decorations before the chocolate sets. Let the cake pops sit at room temperature or in the fridge until firm. For any cake pops that don’t look perfect after being dipped, go ahead and redip where needed (otherwise, if the cake pop isn’t evenly coated, the filling will ooze out where it’s only scantily coated).
Recipe Testers' Reviews
These cake pops are delicious. They're sweet, creamy, bite-size, and enrobed in chocolate. They'd be the perfect party dessert, even if you're a party of one. I divided the cream cheese mixture in half and used a red velvet layer cake in one part and a vanilla layer cake in the other. (I knew there was a reason I froze those cake layers!) I dipped the vanilla cake balls in dark chocolate and the red velvet in white chocolate. Nirvana. The cream cheese mixture doesn’t add a whole lot of flavor. Next time I'll add a teaspoon vanilla to the mix. (This might not be necessary with a dark chocolate cake, but with the vanilla and red velvet, the mixture needed a flavor boost.) If you're using moist cake layers, you might want to hold off on adding the milk or half-and-half until you see if the mixture needs it. Some of my cake balls were soft and squishy, even after chilling, which made them a bit hard to work with.
These cake pops are fabulous! I've made several different recipes for cake pops, and they frequently call for using canned icing, which is not something I relish eating nor is it something I like my kids to eat. Using a homemade mixture to hold the "cake pebbles" together was wonderful and delicious. I mixed the cake mixture and let it chill in the refrigerator overnight before attempting to make the pebbles. An ice cream scoop worked well to scoop out the mixture, and then I used my hands to finish forming the pebbles. My kids prefer a sweeter chocolate, so I melted a Trader Joe's Pound Plus bar in the microwave and it was just the right amount of chocolate. The dipping process was easy, and the pebbles held together well. The finished product didn't last long—these were delicious!