Math Geek meets Home Cook . I created Erique Berry Co. to share all the positive and inspiring experiences I come across daily. Those experiences come in the form of cooking, loving, learning, and living in Charlotte, NC.
January 11, 2023
So how do you make cake pops? I have gotten this question so many times, and I have promised for years to share the steps and recipe for creating moist, not too sweet Valentine’s Day cake pops. Well, today is the day, my friends! I have finally sat down to write the recipe and the best steps to making these delightful bites size desserts. Here you can find everything you need to get started.
How do I know so much about cake pops? Well, many ages ago, I ran a small bakery out of my house for about two years. Around that time, cake pops exploded on the scene, and I became obsessed with making the perfect ones. As a matter of fact, I will always remember the first batch I made (laughing to myself) because they were godawful nasty, and funny-shaped.
In all honesty, the first batch of cake pops looked the size of a baseball, hard as a rock, and you would go into sugar shock with one bite! (I almost did!) After that one bite, I was highly disappointed at that point and threw the entire pan of cake pops away. From there, I pouted about the time, product, and money wasted making that batch of cake pops. Luckily, I didn’t fret for too long and went back to perfecting my recipe for cake pops.Jump to Recipe
During this time, because cake pops were so popular, I studied other bakers’ techniques and tried them out to see if they really improved my cake pops. At the same time, my biggest challenge was making cake pops less sweet so they would not send anyone into sugar shock. Eventually, I figured it out, so keep reading below for my best tips on making amazing cake pops for Valentine’s Day and the fail-proof cake pop recipe. Additionally, I included a set of Valentine’s Day gift tags to make cake pops extra special.
Indeed, a few simple steps can turn any baked cake into cake pops. The first step is to crumble the cake in a stand mixer and slowly add simple syrup to make the cake pop dough so it can be rolled into tablespoon size cake balls. What if you don’t have old cake to use? For this case, I whip up a cake using a box mix, substituting apple sauce for the oil, then preparing the cake as directed on the box. A cake from a box works perfectly every time.
Again, this cake pop recipe makes cake pop dough using baked cake and simple syrup. The easiest way I found to get the cake in dough form is first to use a stand mixer to crumble the cake, then slowly add the simple syrup until the cake starts to form a dough.
Truly, I only make my cake pops without icing and only use simple syrup to transform the cake into dough form so that it can be scooped and rolled into small cake pop balls.
Yes, you can freeze cake pops just like you would freeze the cake. So with that, place the cake pops in the freezer, and when you are ready to enjoy them, allow them to thaw to room temperature.
Of course, you want gift tags for your cake pops. I always like making my cake pops extra special by adding a customized gift tag. You can download gift tags here.
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