What you will need:
- 1 cake mix (box mix is fine or you can make your own, I’ve done both)
- 1 can of frosting (or the equivalent if you are making your own)
- sprinkles or other decorations
I find the rest of this at Michael’s, I’m not sure where else carries it
- 1 bag of lollipop sticks
- 3 bags of candy melts (they are round wafers and come in different colors and flavors, by the cake supplies)
Bake the cake in a regular 9×13 pan according to directions.
Let it cool completely.
Put the cake in a large bowl.
Using your hands, break the cake up into crumbs.
Starting with about half the can, add the frosting to the crumbs. I always use more than half the can, but never the whole can. The amount of frosting depends on how moist the cake is already.
The frosting should make the cake moist and easy to “ball”.
At this point, wash your hands or the next step is difficult.
Roll about 1/2″ to 3/4″ cake balls in your hands. You should be able to get between 35-45 cake pops from one cake.
Put the cake balls in the fridge to chill.
Melt about 1/2 of one of the flavors of candy melts.
THIS IS IMPORTANT – Do not burn the candy when melting. In the microwave set for 30 second increments at HALF power.
It will take a few sessions to melt the candy. You can also use a double-broiler (my mom would!)
Dip the sticks in the candy melts (about an inch).
Place the stick in the center of the cake ball no more than halfway (the candy acts as a glue to hold the stick in).
Put them back in the fridge to chill.
Melt the rest of the cake melts (you can remelt the previous candy).
Dip the cake pops in the candy melts to cover (use a spoon to help).
Tap the pop and rotate it on the side of the bowl to remove the excess candy.
Be sure to add the sprinkles or decorations before the candy sets.
If the cake balls begin to fall of the sticks as you are dipping, put them back in the fridge to chill again.
Prop the sticks in the Styrofoam to finish setting.
* When chilling in the fridge, there isn’t really a set time length. I usually make the pops over two days so I usually break the work up at one of those times. But it could be much shorter (1-2 hours). You can speed chill in the freezer but DO NOT allow the pops to freeze.
I store them in the fridge so they last longer, but will not spoil being served at room temperature once they are set.
Click this link for a PDF version of the instructions: Cake Pop Directions