Q. I’m doing some baking for a huge party I’ll be throwing in a few weeks, and I’m planning on freezing most of what I bake and then thawing it for the party. This is the first time I plan to try making cake pops too, and I’m not sure if I should make them in advance or wait. Can you freeze cake pops?
A. Don’t bother waiting, you can definitely freeze cake pops. There are a few ways you can freeze them, so you can decide which method is best for you. Freezing plain cake pops before they’re fully assembled and frosted is the simplest way to freeze them. Bake cake pops according to the recipe, and let cool completely. Remove the cake pop balls from their molds. In order to avoid freezer burn or the cake balls sticking to each other during freezing, wrap each ball individually in plastic wrap. Then, place the cake balls in a single layer inside a freezer bag, remove the air and seal.
To use, thaw cake balls completely in the fridge before decorating and then place them on the counter to bring to room temperature. It is very important to thaw the cake balls completely before inserting the sticks and dipping in chocolate or candy coating. If the cake balls are not completely thawed, the coating will crack as the cake pops change shape while thawing.
To freeze prepared cake pops, a slightly different method is required. Prepare cake pops according to the recipe, and then decorate with frosting, chocolate, or candy coating. Allow cake pops to dry completely before trying to freeze them. Wrap each individual cake pop in wax paper rather than plastic wrap, to avoid any of the coating sticking upon thawing. Twist the bottom of the paper around the stick to prevent much air from getting in, but they don’t have to be wrapped tightly.
Then, wrap wax paper around groups of 5 or 10 cake pops, and place them in a freezer safe container to avoid them being crushed by other objects in the freezer. When ready to use, remove the container from the freezer and place either in the refrigerator or on the counter and allow cake pops to thaw for a few hours before unwrapping them. Allowing them to thaw in this manner will help avoid condensation from forming on the pops or having the pops crack. To ensure they thaw completely before serving, it’s best to remove them from the freezer the night before you plan to serve them.