Cake pops are easy to make-- cake crumbs plus icing is as basic as it gets-- but keeping the cake & icing mixture ON the stick can sometimes be a challenge. I have used all sorts of kitchen gadgets to provide a place for the cake pops to harden. Styrofoam is one material which helps to hold the cake pops upright; a colander might be another. This week I tried a new set up in which I used a pool noodle instead of Styrofoam. Yes, a pool noodle!
Slice the noodle into 2-inch chunks. Use an old baking pan or a disposable pan (or lid as I did) for the base of your cake pop stand. Glue or use spray adhesive to secure the noodle pieces in place. My intention is to keep the pool noodle clean and free of dripping icing or falling cake by covering it with a layer of plastic wrap. If, by chance, the noodles do get dirty-- guess what-- they are made to be in the water and can be gently cleaned with a sponge easily without falling about as Styrofoam might.
What do you think? How do you manage to keep your cake pops standing in your home kitchen? I think PVC might be the material for the next version of a cake pop stand, but for now, this pool noodle creation is working perfectly.
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