Every time I make a cake, even a relatively small one, there are always leftovers. There are the trimmings from leveling the layers, there is extra frosting and then there is just plain leftover cake. No matter how delicious, moist and wonderful a cake is after a while it gets old. Maybe you’re just getting tired of having the same thing or maybe it is actually getting a bit stale. Either way, it is the perfect excuse to reincarnate your cake in the form of cake pops.
When I built the dump truck for the Little Prince’s second birthday cake I was left with a whole lot of cake scraps. For a little while I was content to eat the scraps with a smear of left over frosting on top, but pretty soon I decided I needed to change things up.
I’m sure you’ve seen cake pops all over the internet, they are certainly nothing new. But you might not be aware how very easy they are to make. Simply crumble your left over cake and combine it with your left over frosting until you have mixture that will hold its shape when formed into a ball. Insert a lollipop stick in the center of each ball and set aside in the fridge to chill.
While your pops chill you can prepare your chocolate for the shell. I chose to temper the chocolate for mine because I wanted it to hold up at room temperature making them much easier to share at work, but if you don’t mind storing them in the fridge you can skip the tempering and just melt your chocolate. Dip each pop in the liquid chocolate to coat, shaking slightly to remove the excess, and immediately roll in sprinkles, cookie crumbs, crushed candy bars or whatever tasty decorative element strikes your fancy.
If you want your cake pops to be perfectly round you will need to press the sticks into something (like a styrofoam or floral foam block) to keep them upright. If you don’t care (like me) you can place them upside down on parchment paper to set. Tempered chocolate will set quickly at room temperature, untempered chocolate may need to be put in the fridge to set. That’s all there is to it, you can now enjoy your revitalized cake.
Of course, if you are feeling ambitious you can get truly creative and artistic with your cake pops – just take look at Bakerella’s cake pops to see what I mean. As for me, I think I’ll keep things simple. After all, I was just looking for a way to use up some leftover cake – all my ambition went into the original cake.