Alternate Bake Pop Baking Methods: Your Questions Answered

30Nov11

Many fans of Bake Pops have posted questions about different baking methods for making cake pops using their Bake Pop pan.  Questions range from how to make the cake more moist or dense, to different decorating strategies.  We decided to test out some of these methods so we could help you make the best cake pops possible!  We will share with you what methods were successful, and which ones fell flat.  Check out our step by step process below to find out how to easily make dense, moist cake balls that are firm enough for decorating using your Bake Pop pan!

Note: By following the specific directions that come with your Bake Pop kit, you can easily create moist and dense cake pop balls. The Bake Pop directions instruct you to make the cake batter with one standard box according to its directions but with a few changes – use an extra egg, substitute milk for the water but using half as much as the recipe calls for, and add an instant pudding mix packet. These steps will create a denser cake.

Below are other ways to get the same effect but using different ingredients, as well as answers to questions about frosting and decorating.

What we started with…

Confetti Cake Pops

Ingredients :

1. Funfetti® Moist Supreme® Premium Cake Mix

2. PAM Baking spray (with Flour)

3. Eggs

4. Milk

5. Vegetable Oil

6. Vanilla Pudding Snack Packs

7. Pillsbury Funfetti Whipped Supreme Frosting

8. Premium Vanilla Candy Melts

9. Sprinkles

Brownie Pops

Ingredients:

1. Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownie Mix

2. PAM Baking spray (with Flour)

3. Eggs

4. Milk

5. Vegetable Oil

6. Chocolate Pudding Snack Packs

7. Premium Chocolate Candy Melts

8. Sprinkles

Confetti Cake Pops Step-by-Step: WITHOUT Added Pudding

Many people have asked that if they use a batter that says it already has 1 cup of pudding in the mix (like the above), whether or not they still need to add an extra packet of instant pudding mix to their batter.  We decided to test this method using this box of Pillsbury Funfetti cake that is made with a cup of pudding already in the batter, and without adding any extra pudding mix ourselves to see if it works.

STEPS

1. Make cake batter (that comes with 1 cup of pudding in the mix) with the enhanced Bake Pop directions (add an extra egg, sub milk for the water using half what the recipe calls for – but do not add the packet of pudding mix)

2. Spray both the bottom and the top of the Bake Pop pan with the PAM Baking Spray that contains flour.  Flip the top pan over and spray the surface as some cake batter may bake up through the holes and stick to the pan – this is normal. IMPORTANT – DO NOT use Canola or any Vegetable oil in the pans as it will result in unevenly cooked Bake Pops.

3. Pour/spoon the batter into the bottom pan until all cavities are filled.

4. Place the top pan (with holes) on bottom pan and secure clips.

Confetti Cake Pops Step-by-Step: WITH Added Pudding


Fans have also asked us if adding ready made pudding (pudding cups) would work in place of the pudding packet mix.  We decided to use the same Pillsbury Funfetti Cake Batter and make it using the Bake Pop enhanced directions, subbing ready made pudding for the packet mix to see what happens.

STEPS

1. Make cake batter with the enhanced Bake Pop directions (add an extra egg, sub milk for the water using half what the recipe calls for, and add 2 ready made vanilla pudding snack packs instead of the pudding mix packet)

2. Spray both the bottom and the top of the Bake Pop pan with the PAM Baking Spray that contains flour.  Flip the top pan over and spray the surface as some cake batter may bake up through the holes and stick to the pan – this is normal. IMPORTANT – DO NOT use Canola or any Vegetable oil in the pans as it will result in unevenly cooked Bake Pops (this does not include the batter ingredients)

3. Pour/spoon the batter into the bottom pan until all cavities are filled.

4. Place the top pan (with holes) on bottom pan and secure clips.

Brownie Pops Step-by-Step: WITHOUT Added Pudding

Because Brownies have a different consistency, and are generally denser anyway than cake pops, people have wondered if they need to add any extra pudding at all.  We decided to try making Brownie pops using the Bake Pop recipe both without using the pudding, and using the ready made pudding cups.

STEPS

1. Make brownie batter with the enhanced Bake Pop directions (add an extra egg, sub milk for the water using half what the recipe calls for – but do not add the packet of pudding mix)

2. Spray both the bottom and the top of the Bake Pop pan with the PAM Baking Spray that contains flour.  Flip the top pan over and spray the surface as some cake batter may bake up through the holes and stick to the pan – this is normal. IMPORTANT – DO NOT use Canola or any Vegetable oil in the pans as it will result in unevenly cooked Bake Pops.

3. Pour/spoon the batter into the bottom pan until all cavities are filled.

4. Place the top pan (with holes) on bottom pan and secure clips.

Brownie Pops Step-by-Step: WITH Added Pudding

STEPS

1. Make cake batter with the enhanced Bake Pop directions (add an extra egg, sub milk for the water using half what the recipe calls for, and add 2 ready made chocolate pudding snack packs instead of the pudding mix packet)

2. Spray both the bottom and the top of the Bake Pop pan with the PAM Baking Spray that contains flour.  Flip the top pan over and spray the surface as some cake batter may bake up through the holes and stick to the pan – this is normal. IMPORTANT – DO NOT use Canola or any Vegetable oil in the pans as it will result in unevenly cooked Bake Pops (this does not include the batter ingredients)

3. Pour/spoon the batter into the bottom pan until all cavities are filled.

4. Place the top pan (with holes) on bottom pan and secure clips.

Baking Details:

Type of Cooking Spray: We used PAM Baking spray that contains flour in it.  It is very important to find a non-stick cooking or baking spray that contains flour so that it does not alter the cooking process of the cake balls.  Do not grease the pans using Canola or any Vegetable oil as it will result in unevenly cooked Bake Pops. This is a common issue and is a main reason for cake balls that do not bake up properly.

Oven Temperature:  We set the oven at 350 degrees for all.

Baking Time: We baked all of the pops for about 25 minutes.  The Bake Pops directions call for 25-30 minutes, but note that cooking times may vary due to oven variations.

Cooling Time: We let all of the pops cool for about 10 minutes before removing the balls from the pan.

Decorating Prep:

Another frequently asked question is whether or not you can use regular frosting for your Bake Pops or if you must use candy melts.  We decided to try both. We also tried out a trick using simple sugar to harden the cake balls to make it easier for frosting.  Here is what we found:

Candy Melt Coating

– We got a bag of Premium Vanilla and Chocolate candy melts.  The directions say that you can either melt the candies on a double boiler or in the microwave.  We melted the candies in the microwave, adding a bit of vegetable oil to help thin them out.  This came out nicely.  We were able to dip our cake pops into the coating easily and spoon it over as well.

Frosting

– We purchased the Pillsbury Funfetti Whipped Supreme Frosting, thinking that the whipped might be easier for the cake to handle.  The frosting was still a little too thick and hard against the delicate cake.  We tried to microwave the frosting so that it was thin enough for the cake balls to be dipped into.  The coating came out way too thin and came out as more of a glaze than a coating.

Simple Sugar

– Simple sugar is made using one part sugar and one part water.  It makes a sugary watery clear glaze.  Some bakers use this glaze trick to cover their cakes, giving the cake a clear coating that will keep the cake from breaking or crumbling, thus making it easier to frost.  We tried out this trick and it did not work as well for us.  We dipped the pops into the glaze, let them sit, and then frosted.  The glaze did not do much, just really soaked into the cake.  If you would like to try this out, we would suggest making it thicker, using more sugar than water, and then putting the cake balls in the freezer.  This will allow the simple sugar to harden, making a smoother surface for frosting.

Before you can decorate, you must dip the cake pop sticks into the candy coating/frosting, insert the sticks into the cake balls, and freeze them for about 2-4 minutes so that they hold.  Take them out and you can frost and start to decorate.

It is also important to make sure that you have a cake pop stand ready as to not ruin the decoration design!

We frosted our Confetti Cake Pops with the melted frosting and vanilla and chocolate candy melts, then topped with sprinkles.

For the Brownie pops, we dipped them in the chocolate candy melts and topped with chocolate sprinkles.

Results:

Confetti Cake Pops Step-by-Step: WITHOUT Added Pudding

– Using the cake batter that comes with 1 cup of added pudding already, our cake pops came out great! They were moist but firm and dense enough to hold up to the frosting and candy coating.  The only suggestion – we baked the pops as directed for 25 minutes and found that they came out just a bit overdone.  When using cake batter with pudding already in it, lessen the cooking time to 20-24 minutes.  This way you do not have to add any extra pudding mix and you get wonderful cake balls!

Confetti Cake Pops Step-by-Step: WITH Added Pudding

– When we added the ready made pudding cups to the batter, the cake balls did not rise up at all.  This does not work. The pudding must be either part of the batter, or added in the instant  powder mix form to actually bake up into cake balls.

Brownie Pops Step-by-Step: WITHOUT Added Pudding

– When we made regular brownie batter with the extra egg and milk instead of water, the brownie pops came out perfect! They were moist and dense and delicious.  Perfect for sticking on pop sticks and for frosting/decorating.

Brownie Pops Step-by-Step: WITH Added Pudding

– Same thing happened as with the Confetti pops.  The pudding restricts the batter from rising up, so it does not form a ball at all. Do not try.

Frosting/Coating

We found that melting frosting does not really work as well as candy melts.  The candy melts created a smooth coating that hardened and looked great. The melted frosting look like a glaze over the pops and was not as smooth. We suggest candy melts all the way. Make sure to add some vegetable oil to the candy melts and stir regularly when melting them in the microwave for the best consistency.

Q & A – The Rest of Your Questions Answered:

1. Can I use ready made pudding cups in the cake mix? – No, this does not work at all

2. If I buy batter that says it already has 1 cup of pudding in it, do I still need to add pudding mix? – No, just the batter is fine – but still add an extra egg and sub the milk for water using half the amount the recipe calls for. Also, make sure to lessen the cooking time a couple of minutes.

3. Does thinning the icing make it easier to decorate the cake pops? – This does not really work. We suggest using candy melts to get a perfect coating.

4. Which cake batter works the best? – You can use any cake batter.  The ones that say they are ‘moist’ and have a cup of pudding already in the batter should be perfect for baking cake pops.

5. What type of cooking spray should I use? – Use any cooking/baking spray that has flour in it. We used PAM Baking spray with flour that worked perfectly.  Do not use regular Canola or Vegetable oil, as this will result in unevenly cooked cake balls.

6. What is the best temperature and time to bake them? – The Bake Pops instructions suggest baking them at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes.  Cooking times may vary due to different oven variations, so it is important to keep an eye on them.  When baking with batter from a box that already has pudding in the mix, we suggest lessening the cooking time to about 20-24 minutes.

7.  How do I get the cake pop to stay on the stick? – When the cake balls have cooled, dip the sticks into the candy coating, then insert them into the cake balls.  Freeze for about 2-4 minutes and the balls will hold to the stick and be ready for dipping and decorating.

8. If I am using cake mix with a cup of pudding included, should I still add a packet of instant pudding mix to the batter? – No, this is not necessary. The cake mix with the extra egg and milk substitution will work.



9 Responses to “Alternate Bake Pop Baking Methods: Your Questions Answered”

  1. Your post is really great and informative for baking these cake pops.. I’ll book mark it for the future:)

  2. 2 ann brooks

    The directions say add a pudding to the batter! Do you use instant or cooked ? What size?

    • Hi Ann,

      When following the directions, you must add 1 regular size packet of instant pudding mix. If you are using a cake mix that says it already contains a cup of pudding already in the batter, you do not need to add the extra packet of instant pudding mix.

  3. 4 Barbara Sutterfield

    Can anyone tell me how many pops can you make with 1 package of cake mix??? Thanks

    • Hi Barbara,

      I believe that one box of cake mix should be just enough to fill 2 Bake Pop pans, or 36 cake pops. It may be a little less than this, but you can test it out.

  4. 6 Abby

    Good Morning,
    If I am making a home made cake and replacing egg with applesauce or oil, what do I add when it is recommended to use an additional egg? Can I use extra applesauce

    • Hi Abby,

      You would have to test out that method, but yes I would suggest adding more applesauce and see if that works. Also be sure to add the 1 packet of pudding mix which will create moist and dense cake that will be firm enough to decorate and hold to the stick.

  5. 8 Adianice

    Thank you so much for your experiments.. I’m following your instructions to make the pops for my best friends’ shower tomorrow.. Bought two pan sets so, I’m going to use a whole box per two pans and just double up on everything. I’ll update you and see how it goes.. Thank you again!

  6. 9 Grace

    I’m having trouble keeping the cakepop to stay ont the lillipop stick? I’m currently using the cakepop pan. I’ve tried putting them in the fridge after I place the stick with the chocolate in it. Does anyonw have any suggestions?


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