Craftster Quickies: How to Make Cake Pops

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Cake Pops In this episode of Craftster Quickies, kittykill shows you just how easy making cake pops can be! 

She’ll share her cake pop recipe, and show you how you can turn your cake pops into adorable panda bears and bumble bees.

Learn more about cake pops and see some examples of cute cake pops from Craftster members.


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  1. Whitknit says:

    Great tutorial! But I was wondering, how long should you put your cake/frosting batter in the fridge for? Until firm?

  2. HRSG says:

    This is a great idea that could take on many shapes! Fun for kid parties as well as adults. Thanks kittykill!

  3. 85%Confusion, aka Ali says:

    Ooh! Love this… and 2 of my daughters have birthdays this month… I know what I’m making! Hope this works with gluten free cake…

  4. Mustache Mug says:

    Well i know what I am going to make my boyfriend now for his birthday lol. I make these things called cake balls and they are soo good, but these cake pops look great.

  5. beckashell says:

    thanks kitty! I was just looking at a cakepops books in the store today. This video has shown me that I really don’t need to buy it!

  6. isewcute says:

    How cute is this?!!! I’m going to make them for my kiddos for Easter! I think I can make the pandas into bunnies. We’ll see!

  7. ybunnygurl says:

    This is different than the way i have made them in past… hum-mm guess I need to find some melting chips and try this way. I just wounder if this will work with my homemade ganache frosting, I bet it will.

  8. Helen says:

    I make these constantly!

    I never use the microwave. I use a metal mixing bowl over a pot of water and let the steam heat my melts. The microwave can very quickly cause the melts to burn and crystallize.

    For those of you that find that the candy melts seem a bit too thick for dipping, add a teaspoon or so of shortening to thin out the melts. This doesn’t effect the hardening process at all.
    I prefer to make these with brownies. Not only do you need less frosting, it makes it very truffle like and chocolate works really well for adding flavors like rum, orange, mint, etc. If you do add flavors, do so when you add your frosting.

    I make my cake balls, refrigerate or freeze until cold all the way through, about an hour. You don’t really want them frozen, just cold. This helps the candy coating set up quicker so there are less drips.

    Then I insert the coated sticks into each pop. I then quick-set the sticks by placing them in the freezer for about 2 minutes. Once the sticks are set I dip my pops into the slightly thinned candy melts (the chocolate ones will dry smoother than the colored ones

    I keep my foam block in my freezer. Once dipped I set it into the block and close the door. This way, once I have filled my block up the first one in is already set hard and can be removed and laid out on the counter top. This means it’s much faster to make and you don’t have to risk burning your candy melts.

    Do not leave in the freezer for more than 5 minutes each. They will collect condensation. Though these can be frozen after they are bagged.

    If you don’t have foam, you can use, a capri-sun box with pre-punched holes, empty egg cartons upside down and weighted, etc.

  9. DeathToLems says:

    I just made a batch of these using your ingredaince.
    i only made chocolate ones and decorated with hundreds and thousands.
    but i must say make sure you have a flower foam brick or something that can hold these in while they dry.
    i stupidly forgot that part and tried a small cup where i had to counter balance it. a Styrofoam block and didn’t punch holes first.
    complete nightmare.
    but after all the faffing.
    taste test. OMG *dribble* a-mazing!!

  10. Debbie says:

    I love this tutorial, very helpful! I think this would be a wonderful thing to do the next party we have, no leftover cake this way! Every time I make a cake a little under half is left in my fridge, but these would be so easy for guests to take some away with them too. Thank you for sharing on exactly how to do this, I’m a visual learner so even simple recipes can be hard for me to lock in.

  11. Rachel says:

    Can you use fondant instead of melting chocolate? I have to drive ~an hour to get melting chocolate, while I have two boxes of ready-made fondant sitting on the shelves from one of my sister’s aborted baking projects. (For covering, obviously.)

    This might be a good project to work on sugar sculpting.

  12. kittykill says:

    I’m so glad everyone loves these! You can definitely use fondant instead. I found some recipes that used it. I’m betting any kind of topping you want to use would be so wonderful! Ganache sounds wonderful!

    You want the cake pops to be firm but not rock hard.

    I love the idea of brownies and having different flavors!

  13. Marcy says:

    I did Cheesecake pops for my son’s 4th birthday (in addtion to a cake!) and they were awesome. Just use made (baked) cheesecake filling or premade works too, stick it in the frezzer for 15-20 min to get it super cold. Then scoop them into balls ( I used a melon baller). Then skew with a popscile stick and dip in melted bakers chocolate. Place on parcment paper and refrigerate until you serve it. They are addictive.

  14. Jackie says:

    Wow I’ve never made these before, they look amazing. And this tutorial is brilliant, very easy to follow and I loved the humor!

    Thanks Kittykill I can see what project I’ll be undertaking this weekend!

  15. Caroline says:

    Cool! I have had a cake pop at starbucks and they were great and i was wondering how to make one. Now i know!

  16. Tammy says:

    Thank you for the tutorial! You did a wonderful job and I think I’m going to have to try these now! Thank you again!

  17. craftylittlemonkey says:

    Look at these solar system cake pops! Too cool.

  18. Marissa says:

    OMG, kittykill. You are so cute! I loved this tutorial. I think someone baking challenged could pull this off. Thank you!

  19. Shannon says:

    I love these cake pops! I’m also obsessing over the sheet used at the background, I had the entire matching set (sheets, comforter, shams and curtains) as a kid in 1972.

  20. Naomi says:

    I think it is wonderful that you are concerned about the environment, and you obviously have some baking talent! You might want to reconsider using the candy melts as they contain quite a bit of palm kernel oil. Palm oil is produced on a massive scale using slash and burn agriculture that destroys rainforests. I bet you could come up with a substitute or even make the whole thing from scratch! It would be cheaper, tastier and you wouldn’t have so much packaging to recycle or throw away.

  21. oh, these are so, so delicious, but a friend of mine was making them with a super time intensive recipe. these are much better!