How to Make Cake Pops With Children – Easy Cake Pops Recipe

How to make cake pops with childrenYours look the most sensible, Mum…

We’ve been begging to make cake pops for months now, so when mum finally caved in and purchased a Lakeland cake pop mould we held our breaths, and didn’t quite dare to hope that the little round balls of sugary delight were destined for us! But not only were they headed our way, we were also going to be let free in the kitchen to make them them! (Ever the optimist, our mum).

Here’s how to make cake pops with children

(Don’t worry the cake pops recipe is coming. Just scroll down to the printable if you don’t want to read our preamble. Although you will want to think about how to stand your finished cake pops upright to dry).

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  1. Order a pack of basic white modelling clay on a whim. Wonder what you’re going to do with it for a few weeks. Decide to make cake pops, and realise that said clay will make a perfect cake pop stand. Form into a cake pop shape, poke holes in it with a lollipop stick, and leave to dry.
  2. Fidget impatiently for a short while before realising that it’s not going to dry fast enough. Pop it in the airing cupboard, and shelve cake-pop-making plans for another day.
  3. When it’s dry, paint with acrylic paint and sprinkle glitter over the wet surface until it looks exactly like a cake pop…

Cake pops with children: making a cake pop stand

How to make cake pops with a mold

Next, make the cake batter. We used the recipe below, which came with our silicone cake pop mould, but a basic madeira cake recipe would work well.

  1. Grease the cake pop mould. I find it’s best to get a younger brother to do this, as it keeps him busy and allows you to get on with the important job of seiving flour. At this point, you might wonder what your adult will do, but don’t worry, adults enjoy sweeping the excess flour off the kitchen floor, so they won’t get bored
  2. It is best to get your butter out of the fridge to soften a few hours earlier. If you omit this step, you can microwave it until it burns, then tip it out and start again.
  3. Insist on taking the ‘creaming’ job. It is the most exciting, and affords the best illicit finger-licking opportunity.
  4. Get bored with creaming and ask a grown-up to finish it off.
  5. Allow younger brother to break eggs – no-one in their right mind wants all that slime on their fingers.
  6. Once your cake batter is in the moulds, allow a parent to deal with the oven end of the process whilst you get down the the more important job of licking spoons. And bowls. It’s best to tie your hair back for this task, although finding a random scrap of cake-mix to suck on at bedtime is not to be sniffed at.

You will also need lollipop sticks, and something to stand your cake pops in for decorating and drying. Some craft stores stock these, or you could buy sticks, mould and stand as a single item on Amazon.

Easy Cake Pops recipe

How to make cake pops with children

Easy Cake Pops Recipe

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Decorating 30 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 40

Ingredients
  

  • 120 g butter
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 180 g self-raising flour seived
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • Chocolate or Candy Melts
  • Sprinkles to decorate
  • Lollipop sticks

Instructions
 

  • Get an adult to set the oven to 180 deg C (160 for fan ovens).
  • Grease and flour each cake pop mould section.
  • Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
  • Add the vanilla, and eggs, and mix well.
  • Add half the flour and milk, and mix in.
  • Add the remaining flour and milk and mix again.
  • Fill each cavity with cake batter, then click the cover into place.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • Leave to cool in the mould.
  • Once you have cool cake pops, trim any edges to make sure they are neat, then get on with the serious business of decorating
  • Melt a little of your chosen covering gently in the microwave on a low heat for 10 second bursts.
  • Use your lolly sticks to make holes in each cake, then dip the sticks into your melted covering before inserting them into the cake. Pop them in the freezer for 5 minutes to set. This will prevent your cake pops sliding off the sticks when you come to cover them.
  • Melt the rest of your covering (we used Candy Melts, but chocolate is fine) and dip your cake pops  in, covering the whole sphere.
  • Dip the still wet cakes into sprinkles to decorate. Use sprinkles and silver balls to make faces on your cake pops. Those teeny little heads are just begging for a face!

Notes

Once you have the basic cake pop the fun really begins. Just melt the chocolate or candy melts, roll each cake in it till covered, and add sprinkles of your choice. Messy, but so much fun!

Once you have cool cake pops, trim any edges to make sure they are neat, then get on with the serious business of decorating:

  1. Melt a little of your chosen covering gently in the microwave on a low heat for 10 second bursts. Use your lolly sticks to make holes in each cake, then dip the sticks into your melted covering before inserting them into the cake. Pop them in the freezer for 5 minutes to set. This will prevent your cake pops sliding off the sticks when you come to cover them.
  2. Melt the rest of your covering (we used Candy Melts, but chocolate is fine) and dip your cake pops  in, covering the whole sphere.
  3. Decide you need a wee, lick your fingers free of chocolate (before visiting the loo) do what you have to, and make sure to wash hands carefully afterwards.
  4. Dip the still wet cakes into sprinkles to decorate. Use sprinkles and silver balls to make faces on your cake pops. Those teeny little heads are just begging for a face!

How to make cake pops with children

Wait while your mother takes lots of photos before being allowed to eat a cake. Actually, scrap that – just dig in, you’ve waited long enough!

What goes well with homemade cake pops?

Well, more cake pops, obviously, but if you’re asking us, for the perfect meal you’d also have a homemade pizza. Check out how we make our pizza in 2 minutes flat in our Roccbox outdoor pizza oven. Honestly, it’s the best pizza we’ve ever had outside of Italy!

For more cake recipes your kids won’t be able to resist check these out:

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27 thoughts on “How to Make Cake Pops With Children – Easy Cake Pops Recipe”

  1. We made cake pops last weekend and my two absolutely loved them. We made them by hand (not as messy as you might think) instead of buying a mould (yeah, OK, I’m a cheapskate) and added mini Smarties. So nice!

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    • Ooh I like the idea of the mini smarties – so many decoration ideas! I made footballs this week for my Sport Relief bake-off (coming soon). Very fiddly, but very cool!

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  2. They look fantastic! I attempted cake pops once but it wasn’t a success, I made them by hand and they ended up far too big. Perhaps one of those moulds is the way to go!

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    • I’m pretty sure the mould was only about £12 and it works perfectly, so it’s definitely worth it for these – no mess and really simple to make

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  3. This looks oh so delicious and so fun to do with the kids. Great post. I will have to refer to it when my two get a bit older. Would be so much fun to do with them together. Great photos too. 🙂

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  4. OMG- yum!!
    I’ve never made cake pops before- I always thought they’d be too difficult but I’ll have to try now I can see your results. You’ve done really well!

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  5. This looks like a lot of fun for everybody. Plenty of opportunities for licking fingers and eating the decorations. Definitely going to be making cake pops with Potato when he’s older. Hadn’t occurred to be to buy a mould though. Looks like it makes the whole thing much easier and less messy!

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  6. I have been looking for something different to make at my sons 5th birthday party – he is having a making theme and these are just what I have been looking for! thank you !!!! 🙂 xx

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  7. Someone bought us a cake pop maker for Christmas, the kids love it, we just need to perfect our coatings as the icing didn’t seem to stick very easily so we either plastered in on or just dipped them in condensed milk, delicious but very messy, think we might just melt some chocolate next time!

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  8. We found jane asher cake pop moulds in poundland, and matching stands too. So far they’ve had numerous outings and still going strong. Only thing that is suffering is the parents figures.

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