Cake Pops and a Giveaway

Update: This giveaway is closed. Winner has been announced.

For my daughter’s first birthday, I am planning a party with a pink and brown polka dot theme. I came to the conclusion that I should make cake pops. What is more perfect for a polka dot themed party than a little (pink and brown) polka dot of cake on top of a stick?

Problem: I’ve never made them before and I don’t want to screw them up for her party. Not that she’ll care, but I will.

Solution: Practice! I’ll have to make sure they look, and more importantly, taste amazing!

I thought about this and decided that I should consult the expert on all things cake pops, Bakerella. She’s got serious skills in this department, if you remember from my cake round-up. And since I’m addicted to buying cookbooks…and I have free shipping on Amazon thanks to all the baby-related stuff I buy, I went ahead and bought her book.

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And then I accidentally purposely bought another. For you! So we can learn together. More about that in a minute.

Since I had some bananas on my counter nearing death, I decided to save them from taking the plunge into the trash can and make banana cake. My mom makes this cake all the time and it is the most delicious, moist cake. Unbelievable, really, for a health food (because it is obviously a health food: banana cake!).

Oh, and I should tell you: I’m glad I practiced making cake pops because it was a huge learning experience.

I should also tell you that I made these before the book actually arrived in the mail. So it was kind of a guessing game. Either that or extremely poor planning–but the bananas wouldn’t wait for the book.

One last confession: I’ll be practicing one more time before my daughter’s birthday. My confidence level isn’t where it should be and I want to practice with a boxed cake mix. Less variables. This banana cake is seriously moist (typically a very good thing!) and I think it was the root of some of my difficulties.

Oh, and please don’t judge my photos too harshly. I was tired after battling cake pops and cake balls that wouldn’t stay on sticks. Let’s just say I didn’t try hard enough for a good picture of these. I’m not losing any sleep over it. This was my practice round!

Banana Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
1.5 cups sugar
1.5 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 medium-sized bananas, mashed
1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk (make your own by adding 1 Tbsp white vinegar to 1/2 cup of milk)
1/2 cup shortening
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
3. Add rest of ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat on low-speed until combined.
4. Increased to medium speed and blend for 3 minutes.
5. Spread into a greased 9″x13″ baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.
6. Cool completely.

Okay so the cake is amazing on its own but here is how to make the cake pops:

You’ll need: A Styrofoam block, at least 48 lollipop sticks and probably 2-3 bags of candy melts.

1. Crumble (completely cooled) cake in a large bowl.
2. Add up to one tub of cream cheese frosting and mix until combined.
3. Form into balls (I used a cookie scoop) and place on sheet pan.
4. Cool in refrigerator for several hours or in freezer for about 30 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, melt a bag of candy melts in bowl according to directions on package (30 seconds at 50% power, then 15 second intervals at 50% power).
6. Dip a lollipop stick into candy melts and then about halfway into chilled cake ball.
7. Dip cake pop straight down into candy melts and pull straight back out (I used a spoon to help me get full coverage).
8. Tap off any extra candy coating.
9. If desired, add sprinkles.
10. Poke into a foam block to harden.

For more detailed tips, check out Bakerella’s blog. Also, I’m sure I’ll be posting again with the final birthday cake pops.

In the meantime, here is what I learned from my practice round:

1. I’d like my candy coating to be thinner next time.
2. I think my cake balls were too soft/moist. This caused some difficulty and issues with them not staying on the sticks when I dipped (I was forced to eat those). Next time I am going to use a boxed mix. If you use this recipe, I’d recommend only adding about half of the can of frosting.
3. I’m going to have to give myself a lot of time to accomplish this.
4. Next time, I’m going to read the book before making the cake pops…crazy idea, right?

So now to the fun part! Giveaway time! I am giving away one copy of Cake Pops by Bakerella. I’m hoping to throw a couple extra goodies in there too, but that will be a surprise for the winner of this book.  Sorry, only open to US residents. Because I’m cheap in regards to shipping.

Here’s what you have to do:

Comment on this post! Tell me what event you would make these for. Or tell me what flavor cake you would use. Sprinkles?  Or you can just say hi!

To earn extra entries (make sure to leave a separate comment for each):

1. Follow @not_rachaelray on Twitter
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4. Tweet about this giveaway! You can use this if you want: “@not_rachaelray is giving away Cake Pops by @bakerella with some other cake pop goodies!”
5. Share this giveaway on your Facebook page.
6. Follow Bakerella on Facebook.

That’s up to seven chances to win! Enter by Tuesday night (8/23) and I’ll choose a winner using on Wednesday morning (8/24). Good luck!

PS: This isn’t a sponsored giveaway. Just felt like buying a book and giving it to you guys because I love ya. Like a fat kid loves cake (pops). I happened to be in a cake pop phase of my life which is how I chose Bakerella’s book. Plus, it’s awesome!

Update: This giveaway is closed. Winner has been announced.

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  1. oh my! these cake pops look divine! I thin it’s wonderful that you’re making these for your daughters birthday party! :)

  2. Hello! That banana cake sounds amazing!!!

  3. LOVE the cake pops idea! I could make them for my classroom (I teach elementary school), house-warming party…the possibilities are endless! Love your blog :)

  4. Aww, happy birthday to your daughter! I hope the party is wonderful–I think those cake pops will be a huge hit. :)

    Isn’t Bakerella’s book so great? My sister gave it to me as a present for *my* birthday a few months ago. I’m in love!

  5. I have been wanting this book! I would make red velvet cake pops first, because I’m kind of in a red velvet cake phase. And then I would quickly make a bunch of other flavors because cake pops are SO ADDICTING!

  6. I now follow you on twitter (I’m @sherrilynnpuz)

  7. I just tweeted about your giveaway!

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  9. And I also am a fan of Bakerella’s facebook page

  10. Haha, I love that we think throwing fruit into baked good instantly makes it “healthy.” :) I really want to make this banana cake though! We always have bananas that die in our fruit bowl since the hubbs isn’t quick enough to eat them. I only eat bananas if they’re in something that’s been baked.

  11. I tweeted your giveaway. :)

    Can’t wait to see the finished product! Good luck!

  12. I love making cake pops and they are fun to make with my daughter. I wouldl ove some new ideas!We love lemon cake mix in our house but have never tried it as a cake pop.

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  17. I think your cake pops still look great! (And even if you get it perfect, some HAVE TO fall off when you dip. On accident, you know.)

    I want to make these for fiance’s upcoming birthday. Because it’s going to be boys, beer, videogames, and who doesn’t wanna see those guys carrying around tiny little cake pops?

  18. I think they look great! But I have had the same problem with my chocolate not looking as perfect as bakerella…try adding some parafin wax or a little bit of vegetable oil to the chocolate…parafin wax is tasteless and makes things nice and smooth! :) I can’t wait to try your banana cake recipe! I really want to make character cake pops like bakerellas but I’m so nervous mine would come out a little jacked up and just look ridiculous

  19. Banana Cake Pops might be the best idea ever. They are perfect for a dessert and appetizer party my friends and I are having!

  20. I would make cake pops for a fun bridal shower! I like using the little round dots (think nonpareils) instead of sprinkles because they look like polka dots and are crunchy! The little white balls look great on top of colored chocolate.

  21. I make a really delicious Bananas Foster Cake. I will have to try your cake recipe. I’m always looking for new ones. I made the “Got Milk…” cake from Bakerella. Chocolate loves dream! I love Bakerella! I hope your cake pops turn out great for the party, I’m sure they will. And yes, if it has fruit in it, it’s certainly healthy. :)

  22. I think your came out great. I made mine for my son communion and I had ahard time with the choch, I could not use the choc melt because of a peanut allergy and had to use choc chips which was to think and had a hard time covering. Got through it and loved it

  23. Your practice pops look fantastic, what a great idea for your daughter’s birthday!

  24. I so wish I would have done cake pops for my daughter’s first bday! They’re extremely cute. Definitely something I’ll try when she turns 2. That Amazon Prime free shipping is dangerous!! ;)

  25. I make a from-scratch red velvet cake with butter pecan frosting, I would make them into cake pops if I knew how. I have tried them at Starbucks, and they are so tasty!

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  29. How did you know I had bananas ready for baking on my counter! I can’t wait to make these!

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  33. I tweeted the contest.

  34. And I shared the contest on facebook.

    I really want this book!! lol

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  36. I can absolutely tell you, because I’m making cake pops for my daughter’s birthday! She has requested strawberry with cream cheese frosting, and I got vanilla candy melt that has little sprinkles in it already. She’s excited!

  37. Also, I just followed you on twitter as jessadg :)

  38. I’ve been making these for years…although the rage has really come in the last couple of years. I would want to make them for my 2 year old bday coming up in September!

  39. This pops look delicious!

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  41. Fun idea for your daughters birthday…Me & my daughter just made cake pops for the first time a couple weeks ago. I bought everything & was totally excited about making them. I had the same problems as you with the “pop” staying on the sticks. We used lemon which tasted amazing, I thinned the chocolate like others suggested & had mine in the frezzer overnight & still they stick would come through the “pop” or it would just fall off all together. :( We’re gonna try again this weekend. Maybe I’ll add a little more frosting to the cake so it’s stickier? Well see. Good Luck!!!

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  46. I had the very same issues making my first cake pops; cake was too moist and too much frosting but practice certainly does make perfect! (or at least that’s what I tell myself!)Having fun and enjoying what you’re doing is all that matters (and yummy cake at the end doesn’t hurt either!).

  47. I love your cake pops, I am still trying to learn to make them. I would love to try red velvet cake with cream cheese icing and chocolate coating. I would also add sprinkles to the outside of them.
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  49. LIKED bakerella on FACEBOOK!! I actually seen her book in a craft store but money was to tight to purchase it. It did look WONDERFUL though.

  50. I just got this book out of the library and love it! I think I will try making basic cake pops next week for a camp my mom is hosting. I too am a cookbook buyer addict!

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  52. Ahhh what a FABULOUS giveaway! I selfishly want this so bad as I’m in LOVE with cake pops!!! Crossing my fingers on this one, great post Rachel!! xoxo

  53. I did the same theme for my daughters 1st b’day except it was pink/green/white polka dots. Not sure cake pops existed back then though. Great giveaway – I have the book so best of luck to the winner!

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  59. I’m already a fan of Bakerella on Facebook :)

  60. I’ve made these bad boys before. Bakerella makes them seem so simple, but it’s deceiving!

  61. Hey, they look pretty great to me! The first photo is awesome, what a perfect bite! My friend makes delicious lemon cake balls. Definitely one of my favorites. Already “like” you on Facebook. :)

  62. I love anything banana! These look gorgeous, love your blog!

  63. I would love to make these for my little guys 2nd birthday party! His birthday party is going to be Yo Gabba Gabba themed and I think these cake balls could be the perfect way to incorporate all of the characters!!

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  68. I’ve made this banana cake a hundred times and it’s awesome with lemon (or maple, or vanilla) cream cheese frosting. A great way to use up those ripe bananas. Everyone always loves it.

  69. I ordered brownie pops from a local bakery this past weekend – so delicious! I was going to make them myself BUT the logistics of the wedding would have made it impossible (plus I have no practice – that is why I need this book, haha)

  70. I’d love to make some brownie like cake balls! Dip in melted chocolate with a little cayenne for a spicy kick!

  71. I have been wanting this book so bad! My mother will be hosting a baby shower soon and I would love to be able to make cake pops for it.

  72. I follow Bakerella on Facebook!

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  74. You’ve inspired me to make cake pops foe my son’s 5th b’day next month. I better start practicing!

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  78. I think that your cake pops look wonderful as does your banana bread recipe. I think that oreo cookie pops would be the ones I’d make…may have to give them a try now that I think about it.

    Cook Lisa Cook

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  80. I don’t know for what i would make these…but the banana sounds awesome!! My daughters both just got married in June or I would have made them for those. Suppose…my daughters birthday is next ANY flavor would be awesome

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  82. I would try and make a cookies and creme for my daughters birthday…

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  85. I’d love to make chocolate peanut butter cake balls! Yum!

  86. I would make these for a back to school party for my daughter and her friends! Hi Rachel! I would make chocolate cake pops and vanilla frosting with sprinkles.

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  91. I am not sure what I would make cakepops for (as if there needs to be a reason…) but I am definitely making that banana cake. What kind of icing do you normally use?

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  95. LOVE these!!! I’d make them for the baby shower I’m hosting in October, Its a parisian themed party so I think I’d do Pink with with pearl dot sprinkles… :)

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  97. I want to make these for my daughter’s 2nd birthday party coming up in September, I might use Fun-fetti cake or try your yummy banana cake recipe!!

  98. Hi There! I would make them for my son’s first birthday as well. It is a nautical them. Not sure what flavor cake, but I would do white frosting with red and blue sprinkles. :D.

  99. Hello…Your cake pops look great! I haven’t tried banana cake but I do like the Oreo cake pops, mmm yum!!

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  103. Hi! I’m from Paris, France and even if i can’t apply, i wanted to thank you for the ideas, the recipes and those amazing cake pops!!

  104. I think your cake pops look great! I would make them for a party I am having Friday night!

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  108. I’m actually headed to the kitchen now to make cake pops for an 18th birthday party, so thanks for the tips! :)

  109. I follow Bakerella on twitter!!

  110. I think your cake pops look great! I am sure they will be perfect next time you make them. I would do peanut butter and chocolate combination!

  111. Can’t wait for my birthday…I’m asking for cake pops!

  112. I’m making cake pops for a wedding dessert buffet in November. I’m thinking red velvet. I just cant decide if I want them on sticks or not. Being a wedding, I’m a little concerned about doing them on sticks. I guess I should start practicing too! :)

  113. i’d use fun fetti cake… i know its not home made, but i cant help it

  114. I am terrible at making cake pops! Last time I made them I made red velvet but I really want to make them with strawberry cake!

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  118. I think these came out wonderfully!!! I’d like to try it with funfetti cake mix! I probably would make them for work, since I’m consistently being begged to bake for my co-workers :) either that, or they’d be fun to put in goody bags for my son’s next birthday (group three or four together!)

  119. I would make these using some chocolate cake and for my boyfriends birthday.

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  125. Can’t wait to make these for my daughter’s 15th Birthday on the 27th! She will love them!!

  126. Hi! the first book a really entirely soaked up was this cake pop book My sister nd i tried baking a few times the third try came out great and fourth n fifth lol thE FIRST ONES WE MADE WERE WITH HER SON, HES 4 and they were carrot cake soo good! then he helped her and they entered a bake off in their town and won first place with their cake pops! i definitely have alot more cake pops projects coming up love ure blog

  127. I make cake pops for everything! An idea for your pink and brown polka dot theme…use pink cake and put mini chocolate chips in along with your frosting…it’s really cute dipped in green for watermelons, but you could use another color to just get the polka dot effect on the inside.

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  129. I think I would be “practicing” this a lot – not only to get it right, but to enjoy the tasting each time. You have one lucky little daughter!

  130. I love cake pops!!

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  133. Hello! I would probably do a red velvet one for my engagement party and try to shape like a heart. OK red velvet is my favorite and would just eat the whole darn thing before i could get it on the stick lol.

  134. Maybe chocolate cake? I used vanilla last time I made cake pops, they were yummy!

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  138. I would make these for my sister! She just had a baby, and LOVES cake (who doesn’t?).

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  143. I would try red velvet cake pops

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  149. Hooray for cake pops! I would make a red velvet cake pop…my favorite!

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  153. I love the pink and brown polka dot theme. Seriously adorable. Happy Birthday (a little early) to your daughter! I’ve never made cake pops with a homemade cake before. One thing I like to do though is put the sticks in the cake balls and freeze them before the chocolate dipping stage. I think it helps with the moistness problems. Good luck! :)

  154. Dang girl, that took a lot of scrolling to get to the bottom of all those entries! lol Who needs an ‘event’ other than I’m hungry to make these cool poops ;) I like Red Velvet with the cr. chz icing. With your banana cake, I would try peanut butter (1 part PB to 3 Parts cake by weight) and dip in choc.
    Hope the party turns out great!

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  158. I have two little boys and would love to do these for their bdays!

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  162. Found you through Jersey Girl Cooks. I follow via google reader. Thanks for the giveaway!

  163. have made them before—it DOES take practice!
    made strawberry/cream cheese
    yellow cake/cream cheese
    mandarin orange/cream cheese
    (can you tell we like cream cheese icing?)
    thanks for the opportunity!

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  168. Awesome! I love all cake pops of all sorts! I’m a sure sucker for sure ;-) carrot cake, red velvet, or vanilla sprinkles are one of my FAVs… I just made a batch without a boxed mix here and it was crazy good! Practice and I’m sure your cake pops will be a huge hit like ours were at the party I made them for!

  169. Now following you on twitter too!

  170. Fun! I follow you on Twitter :)

  171. If I don’t win I hope you figure our the icing consistency thing. Ours never seem to come out right and HOW do they make them look like things? Fondant??

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  178. Yay I found a good link to your Facebook page. Just doing a page search gave me a weird not you page. But I’m on board now.

  179. I would love to make red velvet cake pops with white coating.

  180. I would love to make carrot cake with orange frosting for the season kick off of SEC football! We are always looking for fun things to tail gate with and these would keep everybody happy!

  181. Hi! I like you and Bakerella on facebook and twitter. My fave cake pop I make is chocolate with a rolo in the center!

  182. I have been dying to try to make cake pops! I’m excited to see how yours turn out! xo

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  185. I’ve never tried putting them on a stick before! A friend of mine gave me the recipe and we dipped them in chocolate! Orange or Raspberry Cake and Chocolate, Great for any occasion. I’m thinking Wedding/Anniversary. I would love to have the book!

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