This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Pops tutorial is courtesy of our contributor Karen of Cake Bites by Karen…I was thinking about all things Valentines for inspiration for these cake pops. Hearts & chocolates scream I LOVE YOU but the most decadent of all – the chocolate covered strawberry. Paired with champagne and you have a lover’s delight but you can also have it as a guilt-free snack on a night in. I thought I’d try to combine the idea of this rich fruity treat with a cake pop.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Pops – What You’ll Need:
- cake mix
- canned frosting
- red candy melts
- white candy melts
- green candy melts
- brown candy melts
- wax paper
- baking sheet
Step One: Bake your cake as per box instructions (or if you’re superstar, make it from scratch). Crumble the cake (omitting the crispier edges of the cake for a smoother cake ball) and add about 3 heaping tablespoons of icing, enough to make the cake dough the consistency of play dough.
Step Two: To make sure I have even quantities, I’ll often use an ice cream scoop to portion out the cake dough into balls. Once scooped, roll the dough into a smooth ball.
Step Three: Form the cake ball into a strawberry shape. You need a healthy imagination to make cake pops. Refrigerate until ready to dip. NOTE: When you dip your cake pop, make sure your cake ball isn’t too cold. The warm/hot chocolate and the cold cake ball will lead to cracks once the chocolate dries.
Step Four: Take the pretzel stick and dip about halfway into melted red chocolate. Insert the dipped pretzel side into the cake ball and leave to set.
Step Five: Once the pretzel and cake ball are set, dip the cake portion into the red chocolate. You can use the pretzel as stick. Place dipped cake ball onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Leave to dry/harden.
Step Six: Once the entire strawberry has dried, you can start working on the stem. Shorten the length of the pretzel so that it looks more like a stem. Simply break off the tip.
Step Seven: Dip the pretzel and top of the strawberry into the green melted chocolate. Take a toothpick and drag the green chocolate downwards to resemble leaves. You will probably need to add more chocolate to make the leaves look fuller. Set aside to dry.
Step Eight: Take your white chocolate and, with a toothpick, dip and dot the white chocolate onto the strawberry to resemble seeds. I didn’t dot all the way as I knew I would be dipping the bottom portion into brown chocolate. Once you have added as many dots as you’d like, set to dry.
Step Nine: Then the fun part – just like a regular strawberry, now you can dip into your milk or dark chocolate. Set to dry and enjoy.
These are great to package in chocolate boxes or set out on a platter. It’s a new little take on a great Valentine’s Day classic.
Thank you to our contributor Karen for this fun cake pops tutorial! Check out more of her cake pop creations on her Cake Bites by Karen Instagram page.