I spent the day with my gal pals, Cecilia and Sarah. Eager to create these tasty treats, we decided to get together and have a cake pop party! Today we made red velvet cake pops and brownie pops. We tried two techniques…we paired white vanilla almond bark and sprinkles with the red velvet cakes and the chocolate almond bark and chocolate drizzle with the brownie pops.
The purpose of this post is to provide you with tips on how to make your own at home!
Tip 1: Cake pops don’t have to be complicated, boxed cakes or brownie mix are great time savers! Today, we used Duncan Hines red velvet cake mix and Betty Crocker’s brownie mix. Another tip…all cake pops taste good, so buy what’s on sale! The red velvet cake mix was on sale at my local grocery store for $1.88! Score!
Tip 2: The messy part… Break up the cakes when fully cooled. Break them into fine crumbles with your hands. When adding the frosting, we used cream cheese frosting for the red velvet cake, add a little at a time. I know that I like more of a cake like consistency, rather than mushy pops. Today, we started with 1/4c and slowly added about 3tbs more, just enough to hold the cake together to make the round ball shape. For the brownie pops…we didn’t even add frosting! The brownies squished together with no problem, once crumbled. This may be due to the specific boxed brand, so you may want to have chocolate frosting on hand just in case you need it…if you don’t, you have some on hand in the pantry for next time!
Tip 3: The second messy part is melting the almond bark. Only melt a little at a time. And when you run out, melt some more. This way, the melting candy won’t harden on you. Also, it is important to melt as directed on the packaging, you don’t want it to burn. When melting small amounts, I microwave the almond bark in a microwave safe bowl on the defrost setting for 45 seconds, then in 15 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. A double boiler works well too!
"The Warewolf" aka- what happens when the melting candy hardens...
Tip 4: Coating the pop…we found it easiest to slowly swirl the cake pop in the melting candy and then use a spatula to cover the entire pop. Add sprinkles right after so that the sprinkles stick once the candy coating dries.
Tip 5: Piping melting chocolate… Once we finished dipping all of the brownie pops, we scraped the remaining melting chocolate into a plastic piping bag, or zip lock bag works too. We snipped the tip and drizzled chocolate on top of the already dried cake pops.
We’d love to hear from you if you have any tips to add that you find helped you out. We also welcome questions!