Why would I ever need square cake pops? you may be wondering.
Well, you may have heard of a tiny little phenomenon sweeping the gaming world called Minecraft.
And the fact that every kid and their dog eats, sleeps, breathes and wants a birthday party all about the pixelated underworld run by Steve.
But how do you get the perfectly compact square with the sharp edges? The trick is using a cutter, rather than hand-shaping, as you would a ball. First, though, line a square or 9″x13″ cake pan with plastic wrap. It will slide around a bit as you work but makes it easy to pop out cake bits. Now turn out your cake mixture into the pan and begin patting it down firmly.
Also, you will need a 1″ – 1 1/2″ square cookie cutter, unless you prefer eyeballing and cutting.
I should point out that my squares were not perfect cubes as the depth was not the same as the height and length. You can adjust this by how deeply you pat the cake mixture into the pan. Keep in mind that the thicker your cake pop, the fewer you will have. Also, this method really condenses the cake mixture so one box of cake mix will only yield 16-24 cake pops. (I got fewer out of my white cake mix because I cut off the browned edges = more waste.)
Now you can begin cutting. Using your square cutter, cut into the cake. I actually preferred that the thickness was about the same as the depth of the cutter which made it easier to mold. Then, using a fondant smoother (you could use a spatula) I smoothed the top. After that, using a sharp knife, I cut the extra cake off the top. Ready to pop out of the cutter.
Now, in my case, I soon realized that the size of the original square was a bit too big for my project; plus I would have barely gotten eight cake pops out of the whole mix. Not cool. So I improvised a bit and cut off a bit from two adjacent sides so I was left with a square more to my liking. Besides, the bigger square wouldn’t have fit into my treat bags. I then added the cut-off bits back to the pan to reshape.
After chilling for several hours, they are ready to dip!
To see more cake pops, check out the cake pop gallery here.