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I'd love to ask either of the following two questions:

  1. What's a good ratio of frosting to cake crumbs, when making cake pops?

  2. Does anyone know of a good website that lists baking ratios, including the frosting:cake crumb ratio for cake pops?

  • I suspect that it'd be different depending on how thick/thin the frosting is. – Joe Sep 5 '17 at 20:19
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Cake pops all depend on moisture of the baked or scrap cake you are starting with (and about a hundred other factors including ambient temperature and humidity, fat %, age of cake, etc etc etc).

The best way to determine your ratio is to first start with your cake in a stand mixer (if you have one) with a paddle attachment. Mix the pieces of cake on low speed and slowly work up to medium speed. Once it's all crumbed and uniform, grab a handful or one cake pop worth of cake and give it a squeeze. Does it form a ball on its own? If it's close to forming as is, add very little frosting/icing/buttercream. If it's still loose and crumbly, add a small amount of your frosting/icing/buttercream and continue mixing and test the batch again by squeezing a portion.

A little trick: to help in binding the mixture and to incorporate the sweet component of the icing (without adding so much icing it becomes too loose), add a good dusting of icing sugar before the icing while you are mixing/crumb-ing.

Hope that helps, cake pops can be tricky sometimes, epsecially with very fresh cake or very stale/hard edged cake. There's no specific fool-proof formula for these.

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