If you ask me to name my favorite sweet to decorate, I won’t hesitate to tell you it’s cake pops. There’s just something so stickin’ cute about treats on sticks! The downside to making cake pops is that they can be very time-consuming, depending on the design. While character cake pops have been some of my favorite to make (at the top of my list are my rosy-cheeked Santa cake pops), they have also taken the longest to make. That’s why I became determined to find a way to make cake pops ahead of time by freezing them. And I didn’t want to just freeze the rolled cake balls, I wanted to freeze the fully decorated final product, sprinkles and all. With a little R&D I figured out the best way to do it. Now you too can make your cake pops ahead of time so all you have to do the day of your event, is thaw them and put them on display in your favorite cake pop stand!
Since I wanted to find a way to freeze fully decorated cake pops, my scarecrow cake pops were the perfect subject for testing. I used a little bit of everything to decorate these babies…. candy, sprinkles, and even food coloring markers.
What you will need to freeze your fully decorated cake pops:
- Wax paper
- Bubble wrap
- Gallon-sized Ziploc bags
Start by loosely wrapping a piece of wax paper around each cake pop. Make sure the entire pop area is completely covered and twist the wax paper around the stick. The goal here is to provide some added protection against condensation forming on the cake pop surface.
Then, line a Ziploc bag with a sheet of bubble wrap to make a cushioned resting place for your cake pops. Fill the Ziploc bag with a single layer of cake pops. Turn your cake pops in different directions to fit more in the bag. Place another sheet of bubble wrap on top of the cake pops and seal the bag.
Repeat this process until all of your cake pops are wrapped and in bags. Set your bagged cake pops in the freezer in an area where they will lay flat and undisturbed until you are ready to take them out.
To thaw your cake pops, remove them from the freezer and let them sit untouched for at least a few hours. You do not want to unseal or unwrap them until they have completely thawed. When you are ready to remove all the packaging, have some melted coating on hand in case you need to glue on a few embellishment that were knocked off in the process.
Put your cake pops on display in your favorite cake pop stand and enjoy!