Valentine Cake Pops

Valentine Cake Pops

Valentine Cake Pops
Finished Valentine Cake Pops

I recently took Craftsy’s free online mini class on how to make cake pops and thought to share some of what I learned with you.  Of course you can click the link and on head over to Craftsy and take the free class yourself but I thought creating some Valentine Cake Pops would be a great way for all of us to get started on this fun and decorative project.

What you will Need

  • 1 Box cake mix any flavor
  • 1 Container of frosting or make your own any flavor
  • Candy melts in different colors
  • Heart shaped mold (Optional)
  • Candy decorations (Optional)
  • Vegetable Shortening (Optional)
  • Disposable decorating bag
  • Decorating tips (Optional)
  • Candy sticks
  • Styrofoam (Optional)
  • Parchment or wax paper

Step 1: Valentine Cake Pops

Bake one 9″ round cake of any flavor you want. I chose chocolate. When the cake has cooled put the cakes into a large bowl and break up the cakes into smaller pieces.  Then add 1/4 cup of the frosting to the cake and knead it together until it forms a large ball.  You can make fewer pops by taking 2 cups of cake crumbs and 1 tbsp. of icing.  You can also use doughnut holes or other pre-made cake.

Valentine Cake Pops
Bake one 9 inch cake
Valentine Cake Pops
Knead the frosting into the cake

Step 2: Valentine Cake Pops

Next, place the cake mixture into your molds.  If you are not using molds, simply roll 2 tbsp. of mixture into a ball and flatten it with your palm.  Use a stick to indent the the top and shape the bottom.  This should give you a nice symmetrical heart.  Place the molds or your hand made hearts into the refrigerator for 2 hours.  If you make your own hearts place them on parchment or wax paper and a baking sheet for easy removal.

Place the mixture into your molds

Step 3: Valentine Cake Pops

Melt a small amount of candy in a microwave safe bowl.  Dip your sticks into the candy then into your pops.  Return them to the refrigerator for another 30 minutes to ensure that your sticks are solidly in place.

Step 4: Valentine Cake Pops

Melt the various colors of candy melts and have them close at hand.  I used the Wilton Melting Pot and the microwave method for my pops. You may notice that your candy is a little too thick.  If this is the case, melt 2 tsp. of shortening and add it to the candy stirring thoroughly to thin out the mixture.

Melt the Candy

Step 5: Valentine Cake Pops

Determine how you want to decorate your pops because now you will start dipping your first layer of candy. I used chocolate, white, pink, red and purple for my pops along with piped designs and pre-made candy decorations.  I also used the Silicone Heart Mold Pan and the Wilton Cake Pops Mold to make my pops but you do not need either of these.  You can make your own hearts and keep the others in their original ball shapes.

Step 6: Valentine Cake Pops

Once the candy has melted simply dip the pops into the candy.  You can use one or several colors.  Just make sure that each color has cooled sufficiently before you add the next.  You can add sprinkles or other decorations while the candy is wet or you can wait until the candy has cooled and use either pastry gel or a small amount of candy to use for piping or as glue to create other decorations.

Valentine Cake Pops
Dip the pops and decorate

Step 7: Valentine Cake Pops

Decorate the pops any way you would like.  I used a variety of methods.  The free Craftsy online class gives more detail on how to decorate your pops but here are a few of mine:

 

Valentine Cake Pops
Finished Valentine Cake Pops
Valentine Cake Pops

 

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