Cake Pops by Duncan Hines®18 Reviews
- Prep: 1 hr 15 min
- Ready In: 2 hr 30 min
“Mini-bites of candy-coated Duncan Hines cake sit playfully atop lollipop sticks. The decorating possibilities are endless with these tasty treats.” - by Duncan Hines® Canada
Original recipe yields 40 cake pops
- Bake cake as directed in a 9 x 13 pan and let cool completely.
- Crumble cake up into a large bowl.
- Soften frosting for 10 seconds in microwave. Add frosting to crumbled cake and stir with a fork until frosting disappears and is completely incorporated into the cake crumbs. Test your mixture by picking up a handful and squeezing it together. It should hold together without breaking apart. If mixture is too dry, add more frosting.
- Roll mixture into walnut-sized cake balls and transfer to a wax paper lined baking cookie sheet. Make sure balls are tightly packed and look smooth with no cracks. If they appear cracked, you may need to add more frosting.
- Transfer cookie sheet with cake balls to freezer or refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Place 16oz. of the candy melts in a small, deep microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring each time until completely melted. The melted coating should coat a spoon but still be able to slowly drip off. If coating is too thick, add shortening or vegetable oil 1/2 teaspoon at a time. Do not exceed 2 teaspoons per 16 ounces of candy coating or the cake pops will crack.
- Remove cake balls from freezer. Dip tips of lollipop sticks into candy coating and insert sticks no more than halfway into center of your cake balls. Let them set for 1 to 2 minutes, resting on the cake ball, sticks in the air.
- Pick up cake pop by the stick and dip into candy coating. Gently tap stick against side of bowl and rotate cake pop to help excess coating fall back into bowl. (Reheat and/or melt more candy coating as needed.)
- If decorating your cake pop, add your sprinkles, nuts or candy right after dipping, before coating dries.
- Poke stick of cake pop into Styrofoam block to stand up straight and dry completely, about 5 minutes.
Amount Per Serving (40 total)
- 217 cal
- 13.9 g
- 26.2 g
Based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Reviews (18)Rate This Recipe
"Looks pretty in the photo doesn't it? Seems like fun? What a nightmare!!! These are terribly hard to make! It takes a few hours and the clean up is horrible if you are using different types of chocola..." See morete. Most of the time the cake ball fell off the stick as I was dipping it. The chocolate never coated the cake ball nicely... I could go on and on ... and mine look a mess! I gave it one star because it is still sweet and tastes good."
"Yeah. Sure sounds easy to make, my kids and I were super excited for this. Wrong! While it was tasty, it was kind if a nightmare. The cake balls fall off the stick 1/2 the time, and it is a HUGE me..." See moress. Afterward, my kitchen looked like a candy explosion. I'll find a different recipe if we do this again."
"We LOVED these, despite how long they took to make. (Anything shaped by hand is going to take a while - it's not a function of the recipe you use) My kids would have eaten all of them immediately if I..." See more had let them. I read a lot of other recipes before trying these and here are some tips that I found...1. Crumble the cake into crumbs, not just into chunks, before adding the frosting so that you don't have any dry pieces of cake in the pops - that might make them more likely to break during the dipping and tapping process 2. don't tap the cake pops on the side of the bowl as this loosens the cake and they will fall off. Hold the pop by the stick and with your other hand, tap your hand. This causes the chocolate to drip off without shaking the ball so hard that it falls off. Only one of mine fell off when doing this, but that one was a bit loosely packed when I was making the ball 3. I had a little difficulty getting the chocolate to drip off so I held 2 dipped balls in one hand, did the tapping, then lightly touched the 2 together and that caused that last big blob of coating to fall off. The times I didn't do this, it dripped off when the pops were standing upright so it was better to get the excess coating off right after the tapping and back into the bowl instead of dripping onto the counter! I used the devil's food cake mix and dark chocolate fudge icing and they were so rich and fudgy! Tomorrow I'm going to use the yellow cake and vanilla icing with a few drops of vanilla."
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