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October 12, 2015

Cake Pops – Things Aren’t Always What They Seem!

cake popsThings aren’t always what they seem – no matter how many kits exist, you don’t need any specialized equipment to make cake pops even when they’re gluten-free! This weekend, I hosted a party that featured gourmet ice lollies. In keeping with the treat-on-a-stick theme, I also served gluten-free chocolate dipped chocolate cake pops.

Now I’ve seen lots of special cake pop baking kits in department stores, drug stores, and online. Usually, they include two pans with half-moon shaped indentions that fit together to shape your batter into a sphere while it bakes. I had the idea that these were a necessity and I was a bit worried about my gluten-free batter filling out the cups and holding together once I placed it on a stick.

All that worry was for nothing. You don’t need special pans to make a rich, delicious cake pop that holds together beautifully even when your batter is gluten-free. I was delighted to learn that the traditional pop is made using a cake that has been baked, cooled, and crumbled. The crumbs then have butter, cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar added to them to create a moist, sticky batter ball that easily holds to a stick.

I creamed together 4 tbsp softened butter, 8 oz softened cream cheese, and two cups of confectioner’s sugar to add to the crumbs from a 9 x 12 inch sheet cake. In addition to these ingredients, I used lollipop sticks, meltable chocolate candy coating, and edible confetti to finish the pops.
Once a lollipop stick is inserted into a small ball of the sticky batter, a quick dip in melted candy coating and a sprinkle of confetti, sanding sugar, sprinkles, or other decorative topping renders a fun or sophisticated finished pop. Placing the pops in the freezer for 15 – 20 minutes prior to adding the coating will help them hold onto the stick while they are dipped in warm candy coating.

Not only can the look of cake pops be adapted to any party theme, the pops can be made in advance and stored uncoated in the refrigerator or coated and decorated in the freezer until the day of an event. I always prep as many items as I can in advance for a party, so having an item that can be easily stored makes me really happy.

If, like me, you’ve avoided tackling cake pops because the whole process seemed like it would be difficult, you’ll be relieved to know that making this fun treat is much easier than it seems and there’s no special equipment required!