Trends 🙂 They are forever changing lol I remember a couple of years ago the ‘IT’ dessert was donuts and in particular Krispy Kremes, then we were hit by the cupcake fever (it hasn’t died down yet) and then macarons (still going strong) and most recently, cake pops! They’re everywhere! Wherever you go, there are cake pops making machines, cake pop decorating kits and cake pop books ~
I’m a newbie to cake pops, I didn’t really know what they were until I tried making the at home once a couple of months ago, which was a bit of a failure as they kept falling off the lollipop sticks 😦
Even though, a couple of my cake pops survived the last time I made them, I haven’t tried remaking them at home. That’s why I was super excited and grateful when Sheryl (owner/creator) from Cupcake Central, invited me to her first ever Cake Pop Master Class ~ I am a huge fan of their cupcakes and have been meaning to attend one of their Masterclasses, but haven’t been able to find the time.
I was so glad Peach Water was going to be there and Ming (Sweet and Sour Fork), phew thank gosh I wasn’t the only one with my camera and taking a million photos hahaha the other girls there were lucky Cupcake Central fans who were invited ~
Sheryl starts the lesson by explaining to us what cake pops so basically they’re crushed and mushed up cake, rolled into balls then covered in chocolate and then decorated.
First step of making cake pops is to get some cake and CRUSH them 🙂 I’m super jealous because Sheryl used her freshly baked and decorated chocolate peanut cupcakes as the cake pops, I guess if you’re making them at home, you’re gonna have to bake a cake or buy one ~
Once it’s all mushed up and forms a soft dough, Sheryl used an ice-cream scoop to make perfect size and round balls, placed them between your hands and roll them until them form uniform balls (size of golf balls or smaller).
Once you’ve made nice looking balls ~ you place them on a board or plate. A tip I got from Sheryl was to dip the lollipop sticks in a little bit of chocolate before poking them into the middle of the cakepops. This will help them set better and less likely to fall off later when dipping them into warm chocolate. Place the whole tray in to the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes to allow them to harden.
Sheryl had already melted some milk chocolate for us in little bowls, and once we got the cake pops out of the refrigerator, she showed us how you dip the cake pops into the melted chocolate. It’s important to let the excess chocolate run off the cake pop before putting it onto the stand. If you don’t the excess chocolate will drizzle down the lollipop stick and won’t look very nice ~
It is at this stage you can let your imagination go wild and decorate the cake pops any way you want to 🙂 and literally anything you want – silver glitter, tiny pieces of lolly, little hearts etc.
Sheryl even showed us how to make mini cupcake cake pops! Now I really want to get my hands on one of these cut cupcake moulds 🙂 I think I can get them online hehe more online shopping for baking supplies YAY!
We were so lucky that Sheryl taught use how to make Hello Kitty cake pops ~ I already know a friend of mine Ms T To will love it! She’s a HUGE Hello Kitty fan ~
Uh oh someone took a bite ~ Hello Kitty’s missing an ear hehe 🙂 I really think these are a crowd pleaser, maybe I’ll make them for my nieces birthday at the end of the year hehe ~
Peach Water was definitely the most creative, look at how pretty and innovative her cake pops were 🙂 It’s hard to believe that it’s the first time she’s made them hehe ~ I’m really not that talented ~ I’ve never been actually hahaha maybe that’s why my cakes never look very good, need to work on my decorating skills!
But Sheryl did teach use to make something else and that was a little Honey Bee 😀 And even though it’s not as good as Sheryl’s hehe I’m pretty happy with it ~ and it was really easy to make, just needed some chocolate melts, a black edible pen and some melted chocolate ~
Once again thank you Cupcake Central for inviting me to their first cake pop lesson, I truly enjoyed the experience, Sheryl was so patient and friendly ~ and taught me all the basic skills I need to know to make successful cake pops at home ~ I’m excited about making them again at home and this time hopefully they wont fall off 🙂 These are definitely great for parties because it’s so much easier to share than a large cake 🙂
Daisy@Nevertoosweet attended the cake pop masterclass as a guest of Cupcake Central