Cake, baked & cooled (any size or flavor, though I think anything other than white/yellow is best for flavor)
Icing (I recommend my cream cheese icing, but any will do)
Candy Melts (or almond bark)
Flat-Topped Toothpicks (also called "fancy" toothpicks)
Sprinkles and Sanding Sugar
Squeeze Bottles or Disposable Decorating Bags for adding decoration
Heating Pad for Candy Melts
Please click the link for my complete tutorial on How to Make Cake Pops. I will try to condense it here, for simplicity's sake.
*Note: One cake mix (or 5-cup cake recipe) will make between 50-60 cake pops/truffles. That's a lot. Sometimes I'll freeze half of the cake rather than making all of those pops.
To make the larger ones (think Cadbury Creme Egg size. yum!)... you need about 2 tsp. of "dough."
Now, you need to refrigerate these AT LEAST THREE HOURS or overnight. (I prefer overnight.)
If you're really in a rush, you can put the prepared cake balls into the freezer for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, move them into the refrigerator. If you freeze them too long, they'll crack the coating every time.
Melt the candy in a tall, narrow mug. (I got these mugs at WalMart for $2.50 each. They're awesome.)
To melt the candy, use low power (30%), and microwave them in 30-second intervals, stirring after every 30 seconds until the candy is just melted, not hot.
*Note: You can see that I keep my melted candy on a heating pad (with its cover removed) while I'm dipping. I find this helps keep the candy from getting hard while I'm working.
To make the larger sized truffles, you do the same, but use the lollipop sticks. Again, do not dip the stick in the candy before you stick them into the cake balls!
Allow the candy to harden on the cake pops before you begin decorating.
I'd go for just the "confetti" sprinkles and some colorful sugar if you don't have a ridiculous stash at home like I do. I would stay away from the 6-cell containers, though. They are really a pain to sprinkle on cake pops. The sugar comes out painfully slow, and the candy hardens before you can get it to cover well.
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