How to Make Baby Shower Cake Pops

Baby Shower Cake Pops

A delicious baby shower cake pop!
A delicious baby shower cake pop!. Photo © REW

When I first saw cake balls, I was amazed. They were gorgeous. Then I saw cake pops. They were so adorable and delicious. And they were perfect baby shower food!

What You'll Need:

  • box cake mix and ingredients
  • 1 16 oz tub of frosting
  • big bowl
  • 2 cookie sheets
  • wax paper
  • deep container for dipping
  • plastic wrap
  • 32 oz of melting candy
  • 42 paper candy sticks
  • large piece of rectangular foam (found in the floral department)
  • various sprinkles

Preparing the Cake

Cut the cake for baby shower cake pops.
Once the cake is cooled, you will cut it into four pieces. Photo © REW

Preparing the cake is a key step in making your baby shower cake pops. You will need to make a box cake of any flavor according to directions in a 13 x 9 inch pan. One of the most important parts of this process is ensuring that the cake is thoroughly cooled before using it.

Most cakes will take at least an hour to cool completely. Try placing the cake pan on a cooling rake to help ensure the cake is completely cooled. You can also try cooking the cake the night before you intend to make baby shower cake pops.

Once your cake is complete cooled, you are ready to start crumbling your cake. Using a large knife, cut your cake into four identical pieces.

Mixing the Cake and the Icing

Add the Icing to the Cake Balls
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When you've got the cake cut, bring your big bowl over. Taking one piece of cake in each of you freshly washed hands, begin to rub the pieces of cake together. This will make a fine crumb. Let it fall into the bowl. As it got down to the very end, you may need to recrumble some of the cake chunks by hand. There should be no large chunks of cake. Repeat this with the last two pieces of cake.

Once the whole cake is crumbled, you will want to get out the icing. You will only use 12 ounces of the container (16 ounces). Using a spoon or a fork, mix the frosting into the cake crumbs. The consistency is sticky and moist. Be sure to get all of the cake crumbs coated. The bottom of the bowl is where large amounts of cake try to hide from the frosting.

Making the Cake Balls

Forming the Cake Balls
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Once you have the mixture well blended, it's time to form the cake balls. Have one of the cookie sheets ready, covered with the wax paper. Wash your hands and grab enough of the mixture to make a cake ball of about an inch and a half. If the cake balls get too big, they are harder to dip and you get less than the average 48 servings.

You can use a small ice cream scoop. This still didn't form the balls as well as rolling the mixture between my hands. Though it was helpful in scooping out uniform amounts of mixture.

This is a lot like making matza balls, though no egg to contend with in this recipe. I felt like I had to wash my hands off every so often because of the texture. You may not need to do that.

It is very important that the cake balls are not too large. If you have too much cake in a cake ball, it will be too heavy and not stay on the pop stick very easily.

Preparing the Cake Balls for Coating

Freeze the cake balls.
Putting the cake balls in the freezer helps them toughen up for the coating. Photo © REW

The final step in preparing the actual cake balls for the candy coating is to chill them. You can place them in the refrigerator for three hours. Just slide the cookie sheets in and wait. I was in a hurry and put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes. (They needed a bit longer in there.)

I only had room for one cookie sheet in the freezer. So I only put one cookie sheet in the freezer, while I prepared to coat. I swapped the cookie sheets out when I was ready to begin.

Do not be tempted to skimp or shorten this step. It is a very important step to help the cake balls stay on the pop stick. If they aren't hard enough, simply put them back in the refrigerator or freezer.

Prepare the Candy Coating

Prepare the Candy Coating
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While the cake balls are chilling, you can begin to prepare the candy coating. Take the deep container (microwave safe) and fill it with half of the melting candy. Put it in the microwave, microwaving it for 30 seconds at a time. You will know it's ready when you can stir all of the candy and it is a thick liquid.

Get out your floral foam and your sticks. You're now ready to decorate!

Add the Stick to Form Cake Pops

Place the Stick in the Baby Shower Cake Ball
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With your candy coating ready, take one of the pop sticks and dip it about 1/2 inch into the melted candy coating. The stick it into the cake ball. Give it a few minutes to set up, you can work ahead on the other cake balls. Then it's time to dip them!

Dip the Cake Pops

Dip the Cake Pops Into the Candy Coating
Dip the cake pop into the candy coating carefully. Photo © REW

Take a stick and poke holes in your floral foam about two inches apart on all sides. This will be where you will store your cake pops as you are finishing them.

Holding the stick, gently lower a single cake pop into the candy coating. Be careful with it. Dip the cake pop in the candy coating to cover the exposed cake ball. Try to get the excess candy coating off the cake ball as you lift it by gently tapping the stick on the side of the container.

Replace the wet cake pop into the hole in the floral foam. Sprinkle with the topping of your choice. Repeat with the rest of the cake pops. They will need to set up for about an hour before you can use them.

When you are ready, pull out the second cookie sheet of cake balls from the freezer and make a new batch of candy coating. Continue as before with the second set.

The Finished Baby Shower Cake Ball

Look at these different types of sprinkles on the baby shower cake pops.
Look at these different types of sprinkles on the baby shower cake pops. Photo © REW

Immediately put sprinkles on your cake pops if desired. You need to let the sprinkles harden with the coating. Once the coating has hardened, they are ready to serve. You can serve them in the floral foam, just place something festive around the base. It also makes it a great way to travel with the cake pops. These also store well in the refrigerator or in an airtight container on the counter for a few days.

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