Ever since Angie Dudley, from Bakerella fame, first created the cake pop and uploaded it online, the delicious and adorable treat has swept the nation and gone viral even across the globe. Ever since these tasty snacks have been popping up all over the place.
You’ve likely spotted them at your local Starbucks, or even at a recent party in your local area. You’ve also probably, at one point or another, thought about making some of your own. Despite their massive popularity, they’re incredibly simple in execution.
The difficult part of creating cake pops comes in how you choose to store them. Where can you put them? Do they need to be kept at a certain temperature for the best quality? And how long do they last over time?
Want to spend more time enjoying your cake pops than simply worrying about them? We get you. To make it all easier for you, we decided to take a look at exactly how long cake pops can last, and where it is best to store them, so read on to discover the tantalizing answers!
How Long Do Cake Pops Last?
Cake pops can actually last a surprisingly long time, though their ability to last this full length depends on a couple of things, such as whether they have been dipped, and whether they are wrapped or placed into a container of sorts.
Cake pops are commonly dipped in chocolate which is then hardened in the fridge, to create a crunchy outlet layer.
Cake pops that have already been through the dipping process tend to last a lot longer, as the chocolate on the outside helps to keep the soft cake inside from drying in the outside air. You could keep dipped cake pops at room temperature for upwards of a week, with the proper care.
If you plan to keep dipped cake pops on a kitchen counter, and at room temperature, make sure to wrap them or contain them properly. Wrap them up in shrink wrap, or place them into a tall container to help retain their freshness, and to keep small insects or bacteria from reaching them.
Undipped cake pops will last for less time, as the cake will eventually lose its moistness and become dry, or even worse, it could develop mold.
You should aim to have undipped cake pops on your counter for no longer than two days, and they should most definitely be wrapped or contained in some way.
How Long Do Cake Pops Last in the Refrigerator?
Refrigerating both dipped and undipped cake pops can help to significantly increase their lifespan. The cold air inside of a refrigerator keeps bacteria from thriving, as bacteria need warm temperatures to spread.
The cold air also helps to keep the cake fresh, and helps to keep the chocolate layers on dipped cake pops from melting, as it forces the bonds of the pops, at a microscopic level, to tighten!
Dipped cake pops could easily last up to two weeks in the refrigerator, double the amount of time they would last at room temperature. This also stands for undipped cake pops, which could last for around 5 days in the fridge.
However, we strongly recommend dipping cake pops before storing them, no matter how you choose to store them. The chocolate layer works incredibly well for protecting the inner cake layer and thus should be taken advantage of.
Can You Put Cake Pops in the Freezer?
Yes, you can very easily place cake pops into the freezer for later consumption.
In fact, cake pops freeze so well that they have seen an immense surge in popularity as a party treat, as they can be made well in advance of a party or another event, and then allowed to thaw the night before.
If you have a set of cake pops that you would like to freeze, place a few into a freezer bag, some with the sticks facing up, and some with the sticks facing down, in a repeating pattern, to allow for more to be placed into one bag.
Then simply place that bag into the freezer, and they’ll be ready for when you eventually need them!
You should aim to let your cake pops stay in the freezer no longer than six weeks, as, past this date, they run the risk of developing freezer burn, which will cause the soft texture of the cake to become unsatisfying, while also destroying the sweet taste of the pop.
How Do You Store Cake Pops?
Luckily, despite their long sticks, storing cake pops is very easy. Simply grab yourself a tall container that has enough interior space to accommodate both the long sticks and the wide pops at the end of those sticks!
You can even store them in freezer bags, at room temperature, or in the refrigerator or freezer.
If you are planning to consume cake pops shortly after first making them, then you could even simply leave the cake pops out on a plate, with a mesh cover over the top, to keep insects out.
Cake pops can last a very long time at room temperature, and many believe that they taste better served at that temperature!
To Wrap Up
Thinking about it, it’s not really much of a surprise that cake pops became so immensely popular, both online and in the everyday world.
They’re simply adorable to behold, taste good, and are such a small portion that they’re also quite guilt-free! And they’re also just as easy to make!
And you don’t have to worry about storing them after you’ve made them, they can last a long time at room temperature, even when not dipped, and can last even longer when placed into the freezer or refrigerator.
And storing them in freezer bags or tall containers ensures that they don’t lose their heavenly soft texture!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Are Starbucks Cake Pops Good For?
Luckily, Starbucks’ famous cake pops also last just as long as homemade cake pops! You can keep them, at room temperature, for upwards of a week.
How Big Should A Cake Pop Be?
Cake pops can be whatever size you want them to be! However, you should make sure they aren’t so big that the stick will not be able to hold them properly. The average cake pop tends to be around 1 and a half inches in diameter.
Are Starbucks Cake Pops Made In Store?
No Starbucks’ incredible range of cake pops are not actually made in-store. They are first made by third-party suppliers and then shipped out to Starbucks stores.