This tree has to be one of the most elegant and awe-some desserts I have made!
I won’t lead you on, it was a bit time consuming. I would highly suggest breaking it up into a 2-3 day project. Make your cake pop mixture on day 1. Coat and decorate your cake pops the following day and construct the tree on the 3rd day. And if you’ve never made cake pops - start here.
This tree was approximately 18″ tall. You could certainly downsize and make a mini tree.
Let’s get started, we have a lot to cover here!
- 4 packages (16 oz) Vanilla CANDIQUIK® Candy Coating*
- 2 boxes cake mix (plus ingredients for cake mix)*
- 1 (16 oz) container frosting
- Lollipop sticks
- Styrofoam block (to set cake pops in while drying)
- Styrofoam cone (can be found at your local craft store (ex: Michaels))
- Pastry bag + extra coating for piping on designs (note: a plastic bag w/ one corner sniped off can be used to pipe)
- Assorted sprinkles, pearl dust (optional)
- Optional: Assorted food colorings (oil or powder based only)
- Prepare and bake cake mixes as directed on box; cool completely.
- Crumble both cakes into a large bowl. Add frosting and mix thoroughly.
- Roll mixture into 1″ sized balls. Chill for approximately 1-2 hours in the refrigerator.
- Melt CANDIQUIK® Coating in Melt and Make Microwaveable Tray™ according to directions on package.
- Insert a lollipop stick into each cake ball. Dip cake pops in CANDIQUIK®; allow excess coating to drip off. Place in Styrofoam block to set.
- Decorate cake pops as desired with candy coating and/or icing and sprinkles.
- Once completely dry, carefully remove the cake ball from the lollipop stick. Insert a toothpick in the Styrofoam cone and press the cake ball on the end of the toothpick. Repeat until entire cone is filled with cake balls. (By dipping the cake balls on a lollipop stick, this ensures the cake ball is perfectly round and will sit flush against the cone.)
You will need:
Yields (1) 9″ Tree
· 4 packages (16 oz) Vanilla CANDIQUIK® Candy Coating*
· 2 boxes cake mix (plus ingredients for cake mix)*
· 1 (16 oz) container frosting
· Lollipop sticks
· Styrofoam block (to set cake pops in while drying)
· Styrofoam cone (can be found at your local craft store (ex: Michaels))
· Pastry bag + extra coating for piping on designs (note: a plastic bag w/ one corner sniped off works fine too!)
· Assorted sprinkles and edible pearl dust (optional)
· Optional: Assorted food colorings (oil or powder based only)
1. Prepare and bake cake mix as directed on box. Trim the crisp edges off for a smoother cake ball mixture.
2. Crumble cake into a large bowl. Add frosting and mix thoroughly. It may be easier to use your hands to thoroughly mix.
3. Chill mixture approximately 2 hours in the refrigerator (you can speed this up by placing in the freezer).
4. Roll cake mixture into 1” sized balls (note: if you are using a smaller styrofoam cone for your tree, make the cake balls slightly smaller); place on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Insert a lollipop stick into each cake ball. Chill for another 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
5. Melt CANDIQUIK® in tray according to the package directions.
6. Remove a few cake pops at a time from the fridge and dip in melted CANDIQUIK; allow excess coating to drip off and place in Styrofoam block until set. (Note: if decorating with sprinkles, apply while coating is still wet.)
7. Once completely dry, use a pastry bag filled with candy coating to pipe designs on the cake pops.
*Creative Edibles By Yuki offers a great video tutorial on piping!*
As you can see the cake bites have a shimmer to them!
Pixie dust a.k.a. edible shimmers. Pearl Dust to be exact.
This stuff rocks.
It’s like cake pop blush. I felt like a make-up artist giving these pops a little shimmer.
(I used the silver dust on the blue tree and the gold dust on the red and red/green tree)
8. Once completely dry, carefully remove the the lollipop stick from the cake ball (slightly twist the stick and pull out).
Place your styrofoam cone on a cake tier or desired plate (much easier if you have to move)!
Insert a toothpick (broken in half) into the Styrofoam cone (pointing slightly up). Press the cake ball on the toothpick. Work from the base of the tree towards the top.
I can’t decide which one I like best. It might have to be the blue though. What do you think?!
Depending on the size of your Styrofoam cone, the number of cake balls required will vary. To create the large (18″) tree (as used in the pictures in this post), I used approximately 120-130 cake balls, or about 3 cakes worth, plus approximately 6 packages of CandiQuik.
- If you plan on keeping the cake ball tree on display for more than a few days, I would suggest filling the hole (formed by pulling the lollipop stick out) with extra coating to “seal” the cake in better.
- If cake balls become too soft or do not hold their shape while being dipped, return to the refrigerator for an additional 20-30 minutes.
- If you need tips on cake pops be sure to visit my common cake pop issues & tutorial post!
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