Cake pops are becoming popular desserts both for personal and party use. This sweet treat is a portable and bite-sized cake that everybody loves. However, some people find it hard to store and keep the cake pops fresh, especially during outdoor events.
One of the most commonly asked questions by cake enthusiasts is, “do cake pops need to be refrigerated?” To answer this question, we will take a closer look at cake pops and determine if refrigeration is necessary.
What are Cake Pops Made Of?
Cake Pops are made up of cake mixture crumbs that are mixed with frosting, forming a cake dough-like consistency that is then molded by hand into small balls or shapes. These cake balls are then inserted into a stick and coated with a layer of chocolate or candy melts. The exterior is decorated with frosting, sprinkles, or other decorative pieces, making them look incredibly appetizing.
Do Cake Pops Need Refrigeration?
Refrigeration of cake pops depends on several factors, including the environment where you will store the desserts and the recipe you follow. Cake pops that require refrigeration include:
- Cake pops made with perishable ingredients like cream cheese, yogurt, custard, or pudding
- Cake pops made with fresh fruits
- Cake pops with non-preservative coatings that require cooling, e.g., glaze
On the other hand, you don’t have to refrigerate cake pops made with buttercream, royal icing, or chocolate coating, as long as they are stored at room temperature or in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing them in direct sunlight or in a place with a warm temperature, as this may cause melting and spoilage.
How to Store Cake Pops Properly
Cake pops can be stored for up to five days when you follow proper storage techniques. Here are some tips for storing cake pops:
Room temperature storage: If you don’t have perishable ingredients on your cake pop recipe, you can store cake pops at room temperature in an airtight container or cake pop stand. After placing the cake pops in your container or stand, keep them in a cool, dry area, away from sunlight, heat, or humidity.
Refrigeration storage: For cake pops that need refrigeration, wrap them carefully with cling wrap or plastic wrap before storing them in the fridge. Put them in an airtight container for protection. Be mindful of the temperature of the refrigerator, as putting them close to the freezer area may cause the chocolate coating to become hard.
Can You Freeze Cake Pops?
You may wonder if there’s any possibility that you can freeze cake pops. The answer is yes. However, since cake pops are made of ingredients that can go bad, it’s essential to freeze them properly. Here are some tips for freezing cake pops:
- Wrap each cake pop with cling wrap or plastic wrap.
- After wrapping the cake pops, put them in an airtight container or freezer-safe plastic bag.
- Write down the freezing date of the cake pops on the container/bag to monitor its shelf life.
- When you’re ready to thaw frozen cake pops, place them in the refrigerator for a few hours, then leave them at room temperature before serving.
Why Your Cake Pops Might Melt?
Cake pops that are under direct sunlight or stored in an area with high temperature may cause them to melt. Here are some things to keep in mind to avoid melted cake pops:
- Avoid exposing cake pops to direct sunlight or any heat source.
- If storing outdoors, look for a shaded area or use a cooler or insulated bag to keep them cool.
- Do not store cake pops near a heating vent, fireplace, or any heat-emitting appliance.
Cake pops are delicious sweets that everybody loves. However, the storage of cake pops, particularly whether to refrigerate or not, have sparked debates among cake enthusiasts. The answer really depends on the recipe you follow and the environment where you will store it.
With proper storage techniques and a good understanding of the ingredients, you can now confidently serve freshly stored cake pops without any worries. Store them in the fridge or at room temperature, avoid exposure to sunlight or heat, and you can munch on this tiny yet delightful treat for up to five days.