Cake Balls and Cake Pops
Create fun-shaped cake balls the easy way and with no mess!
Instead of hand-forming the cake balls, use cake tongs to grab cake ball mixture and create the desired shape. Then enjoy decorating them. Your cake ball treats will be consistent in size and shape. The cake ball tongs come with 3 interchangeable shapes: heart, star and fluted round and are top rack dishwasher safe, 6-3/4" long with attachments.Supply List
- Chicago Metallic Cake Ball Tongs and Molds
- Chocolate melting pot, or double boiler.
- 1 pre-baked cake 9"x13" cooled – Cake can be any flavor, made from scratch or a mix. (Note: Cake mixes now come in different sizes. Some only make 12 cupcakes or 1 layer where others make 24 cupcakes and 2 layers.)
- Buttercream Frosting – Your choice of flavor - frosting can be made from scratch (approx. 2-1/2 cups) or canned (16 oz.)
- Merckens Chocolate for coating. If using the BabyCakes' Dual Crock Chocolatier
- Cake Pop Sticks or Reusable Cake Pop Sticks
- Muffin/Cupcake Liners
- Sprinkles, Sugar or other decorative toppings. Crushed toppings of candy, crushed cookies, chopped nuts…. Let your imagination explore whatever your cravings are.
1. Crumble cake into fine crumbs. This step can be done by hand or more quickly by pulsing cake in a food processor. Using "pulse" setting allows you to control the speed so that you don't over mix.
2. Start adding a small amount of the Buttercream frosting to the cake crumbs, pulsing a little at a time. Continue to add small amounts and pulsing until the cake and frosting mixture has a claylike consistency. You want to make sure that you don't add too much frosting. You won't use an entire batch of frosting.
3. Select the mold shape you want and attach to the tongs. Using a scissor motion, cut through the dough with the tongs. Then squeeze the tongs together until completely closed. Using your fingers or a spatula, scrape off any excess from around the mold. Now open the mold and remove your cake ball. It's that easy.
4. CAKE BALLS:
Dip the cake balls half way into melted Merckens chocolate by hand and then place into a cupcake liner. This is a quick way to finish the treats and it's super easy. This is especially helpful when you want to make a lot of cake balls fast. It's as simple as Dip, Sprinkle and Set.
5. CAKE POPS:
There are many choices for cake pop sticks. I prefer the extra strength and support the Reusable Cake Pop Sticks provides for cake pops, however any sturdy pop stick will work. Color sticks are great when your celebration has a color scheme.
6. To assemble, dip the end of the cake pop stick into melted chocolate and then insert into the cake ball to form the pop. Set aside for the chocolate to harden. You can complete this on all the cake balls to let the chocolate set and adhere to the cake ball before dipping the entire ball in chocolate. If you need to hurry this "stick setting" process, you can place the cake pops in the fridge or the freezer for about 15 minutes. (Warning: Do not let the cake pop freeze as it will sweat when you dip it in chocolate creating a moisture problem.)
7. Taking the pop by the stick, gently dip it into and out of melted chocolate and tap lightly against the side of the melting pot to help drip off excess chocolate. Sprinkle with whatever topping you like and place in a cake pop stand to let set up.
8. Once the chocolate has set, you can embellish with a ribbon, place them inside sucker bags for party favors, add a gift tag….the ideas are endless. To finish off the presentation of your Cake Pop works of art... display them in the Nordic Ware Covered Cake Pop Stand.