Cake pops are a great way of showing affection and love to your kids. Get ready to handle the sugar rush that comes after though. They are also great for birthday parties, friends’ sleepovers, or could be a way to show appreciation.
Cake pops should not be limited to kids only. If you have a sweet tooth and you need to indulge once in a while. Cake pops are perfect for exactly that.
Cake Pops might be great and all, but it takes quite some time to prepare and make one. They are small cakes that have been shaped differently and decorated to taste. If you feel the need to preserve this beauty, here is how to go about it.
Can you freeze cake pops? Yes, you can. Cake pops can stay for months in the freezer but, to maintain their freshness you should eat them within a month. Cake pops can be frozen just like normal cakes and are not affected much by the freezing action. However, the coating of cake pops can be affected and there is always the issue of condensation.
Cake Pops are great and it would be a great thing if you could prepare them and have them used at a different time by freezing. Cake pops don’t do badly in the fridge, they last for weeks in there, but the lack of balance in the temperature can affect the coating of cake pops.
How to Freeze Cake Pops
Making cake pops can be stressful, you have to make an entire cake and destroy it to make them into those smaller shapes that you want. You can freeze cake pops in two different ways. You can either freeze it with or without the coating.
The freezing methods do not differ to a large extent. If you do not want to take the risk of having the coating on the cake crack and fall off, then you can hold on to the decoration till you are ready to eat them.
Step 1: Wrap the Cake Pops
Cake pops tend to condense as they freeze. The moisture from the condensation can help facilitate freezer burn. So, you have to protect them from condensation.
Wrap each of the cake pops individually with wax paper, ensure that the entire area of the pop is wrapped before you twist the wax paper around the stick of the pop, and hold it together with freezer tape. Repeat this process for all the cake balls you want to store.
If you freeze cake pops uncoated, you can separate the pops from each other with a few layers of plastic wrap so that they do not stick together as they freeze.
Step 2: Storage
Cake pops are very delicate and can break or crack under the slightest pressure. Here’s a tip to help keep them safe and unblemished as they freeze. Get some bubble wrap and use it as a cushion in the Ziploc freezer bags that you are going to use for storage.
Look for a gallon-sized Ziploc freezer bag and line the inside of the bags with bubble wrap. Place the wrapped cake balls in one single layer. Do not stack them, and do not fill the bag to the brim.
Add another layer of bubble wrap to cover the top of the cake pops placed in the bags, and press out excess air before you seal. Ensure that the bag is very free of air, as this would reduce the chances of condensation as the cake pops freeze.
Step 3: Freezing
Now, place your bags into the freezer to freeze. But before you do that, label the bags with the contents and the date of the freeze so that you can keep track of how long you have stored the cake pops for in the future.
Look for a dedicated space in your freezer, someplace where your cake pops would not be at risk of being squashed by other larger food items.
How to Thaw Frozen Cake Pops
To thaw cake pops you would need to do some extra planning and premeditation. You would have to take the pack you want to eat and put it in the refrigerator till it thaws completely. This could talk a whole day hence, the need for planning.
If you have frozen the cake pops without coating them, do not dip them frozen into the coating. If you do this, there is a good chance that as the frozen pop expands, it will crack the coating that you have just done.
So, before you coat frozen uncoated cake pops, you have to wait till it thaws completely.
How Do You Keep Cake Pops from Falling Apart?
A thick chocolate candy coating would do the job of keeping cake pop solid. Hardened candy coating can act like glue. So, asides from keeping the cake pops from falling apart by holding them together on the outside, it can also help you keep them from dropping off the sticks.
You should also dip the end of each stick into the candy coating before putting them into the cake balls.