Cake pops, for those of you who have lives that don’t center around cake, children, and/or overpriced coffee shops,* are cake balls on sticks.  They aren’t bad and they come in different flavors, usually with marshmallows, sprinkles, M&Ms, or even crystallized ginger.**  Some are pretty fancy, too.

My kids think they’re the Best Thing Ever.  So for Valentine’s Day, we gave them a cake pop kit.

Janie was so excited, she held onto it and jumped all over the kitchen shrieking, until the pan fell out of the box and hit her big toe.***

And then the begging began.



“But Moo-oom!”


A promise is a promise.  So yesterday, we went out, bought a box of cake mix and a box of pudding mix—as per the recipe suggestions—brought out the Big Bag o’ Wholesale Chocolate Chips for the coating, and got to work.

Sunny mixed the dry stuff, Janie mixed the wet stuff, and I operated the oven and the double-boiler.

We think it worked pretty well for the first time:

I learned several things with our first batch, like we need a bit more liquid than the recipe says,^ I should change into my old painting clothes before working with melted stuff, one box of mix makes a ton of these things,^^ and you’d better have a clear plan of how to keep the pops upright while the chocolate hardens. ^^^  It was also agreed that Janie has a knack for coating these things—she twirls them around a spoon instead of the pot, which is both common sense and sheer brilliance—while Sunny’s talents probably lie more in sprinkle application.

But the single most important thing to know about making Cake Pops° is that they’re like puppies—everyone wants to play with them, but when it comes to cleaning up, guess who gets stuck with the mess?

But the pan does work.  And they taste wonderful.

So I’m thinking I might even make some for Sunny’s birthday party next month.  With sprinkles.



*There must be some of you out there . . .  What’s it like?

**Or so I’m told by FoodNetwork.  I’m afraid I don’t frequent places where that kind of garnish is a possibility.

***At which point she hobbled all over the kitchen shrieking.  Luckily, we’d also picked up a pack of rainbow bandages.

^ The instructions say to add an extra egg and the pudding mix and halve the water, and then show you a diagram of how to pour the batter in the bottom pan.  Nope, not gonna happen—I had to go in there after it with my eighth-cup measure and use a finger to scrape it into each cup, then squeegee the excess across the surface of the pan.  This stuff is sticky.

^^Which is why we have a bag of stick-less, chocolate-coated balls in the fridge and the first person to mention South Park in the comments is banned for a week.  I’ve heard all of the jokes since yesterday afternoon.  All of them.

^^^ Like say, something more substantial than the purloined Styrofoam base of a former Lakota tipi craft project—and you’d better stick ‘em starting  inside-out rather than outside-in.  And again, I’ve heard all the jokes, thanks.

°Or anything you cook with kids.

27 thoughts on “CAKE POPS!!

  1. Those came out deliciously!
    Now you made these Sunday, right? And today is Tuesday. So the only question I have is how many are REALLY in the fridge still? Come on fess up. In my house there would be a trail of crumbs and some over-chocolated kids running rampant.
    And when they finally passed out due to inappropriate insulin levels the rest would magically disappear.

    Is that a chocolate mustache?

  2. Beautiful! Crystallized ginger would ruin them for the kids anyway. Too spicy.

    (Not mentioning South Park. Not. Nope. I have nothing to say about those delicious chocolate salty balls in the fridge. Children. . .)

  3. I first read this post on my iphone and wondered how the hell you made them round. (didn’t notice the pan photo on the teeny tiny screen. Still impressed now that I see the technology. And remind me to NEVER show my daughter the “pretty fancy” ones. I would never be able to replicate those. I am NOT googling to see if I can get a kit here. NOT.

  4. Yummmm. They look so good. They’d go perfectly with my coffee right about now. ‘Course, if I ate one using a stick, it’d probably fall right into my cup, splashing my keypad and forcing me to curse so loudly, the kids would wake up. I vote the handheld method, hands down.

  5. Try using one of those ‘Jiffy’ cake mixes, and maybe there will only be half a ton of them. (I think they only make an 8X8 cake)

    • Odie! I’ve missed you! 🙂

      Jiffy is a great idea, thanks.

      I might try freezing a thawing a few plain, stick-less ones to see if they survive thawing. I’ve got a house of willing taste-testers.

      • I’ve been around from time to time, but that new ILS has really been kicking me in the behind. (Since I’m the only one that seems to be able to decipher how serial records work in the thing, and our journal collection is over 10,000) I haven’t felt much like web surfing once I get home. I’m finally seeing a bit of light at the end of the tunnel (all but around 500 of the ugliest records are dealt with), so I hope to be back around more regularly again.

        Freezing would probably work well, I’m guessing especially if they didn’t have frosting (or whatever) on them. Mmmmmmmmmmm cake!

  6. I’ve had this in my inbox for a couple of days and every time I see the title, I’m all Homer Simpson. Mmmmmm cake…………aaaaaahhhhhh.

    Those really did come out beautifully. I may have to invest in one of those pans. Because…cake!

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