I’ve seen so many folks struggle with cake pops that I thought I would share all of my helpful tips! They are seemingly easy, but having a few techniques certainly help the process go seamlessly. And if you mess up, who cares?! You learned through it and I guarantee you they’re still delicious!
I made a lighter version of my Mint Mocha Muffins so they were more ‘cake like’. But you can use ANY vegan cake of your choosing. This is a fun way to play with your favorite flavors. Surprisingly, there are a lot of boxed cake mixes that are accidentally vegan, like Duncan Hines. As per usual, make sure to check the ingredients list. All you would need to do would be to substitute your vegan ingredients which is probably just going to be eggs. I’m a fan of ‘flax eggs’ using ground flax seed, which can be found in my Vegan Cinnamon Rolls recipe if you need. You can still use veg oil but if you’re trying to be healthier, you can replace the oil with unsweetened apple sauce, as well.
Let’s talk frosting. Just as surprising as the boxed cake mixes, most store bought frosting tubs are also accidentally vegan. Check your ingredients! I decided to continue on my less processed route and made my own vegan frosting. I chose a chocolate one to go with the theme 👇🏼
Vegan Chocolate Frosting
- 2 cups confectioners sugar
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 3/4 cups vegan ‘butter’ (earth balance)
- 2 tbsp almond milk (or whatever non dairy milk you prefer)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Add a pinch of salt to the vegan ‘butter’ and cream using beaters until pale in color.
- Add vanilla and cocoa and beat until combined.
- Add half of the almond milk and confectioners sugar and beat until combined.
- Add the rest of the almond milk and confectioners sugar and beat until well combined.
I only used about half of this frosting, just like you would use about half of the store bought tub. Save the rest in the fridge for later! If you never end up using it and you think it’s going to go bad, add some more almond milk to it and dip some fruit in it for a nice easy treat!
Let’s talk dipping! The ‘normal’ candy coating dip that people use for cake pops are those Wilton candy melts that come in different colors. However, they contain milk! So, we’re going to switch it up a bit here and make a quick Petit Four Glaze, also known as ‘poured fondant’. You can certainly use a vegan Chocolate to melt but because it’s not tempered, you won’t have a ‘snap’ to the coating. I also find that chocolate isn’t a thin enough consistency so if that’s all I have on hand, I add some vegetable oil to it and that helps.
Vegan Petit Four Glaze
- 4 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1/8 tsp peppermint extract (if you’re not doing a mint theme like me, do vanilla or any flavoring of your choosing)
- Green food coloring (optional or color of your choosing)
- Add everything but the food coloring to a double broiler and melt until a thin consistency.
- Add food coloring until desired color.
Be sure to watch my Tutorial for the complete method and more problem solving tips!