Fun & Festive Cake Pops Tips
How do you decorate cake pops for beginners?
If you are new to making cake pops
, keep your cake pop decorating simple and organized from the get-go. Keep various sprinkles and toppings in their own dishes and have them ready to go before you begin. Rather than dealing with chocolates, which require complex processes such as tempering
to retain proper "snap" and shine, use confectioners’ candy coatings or wafers, candy melts, or other coatings specifically designed for cake pops. Make sure that you allow your formed cake balls to chill for a bit in your refrigerator before dipping and decorating.
How do you make cake pops smooth?
When forming your cake pops, tightly compact the scoop of cake crumbs and frosting in the palm of your hand and roll into a very compact, round ball. Once it has chilled, if you still find the cake ball a little bumpy, try gently rolling and compacting it again while cold. When dipping the cake ball, stir the coating well first to make sure there are no lumps. If the coating seems a little thick, stir in a bit of vegetable shortening and reheat gently, stirring until smooth again.
Can you leave cake pops in the fridge overnight before dipping?
Absolutely! Form the cake balls, place on a sheet pan or tray in a single layer, and cover with plastic wrap so they do not dry out. Remove the cake balls the next day and let them sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before dipping. Research contributed by Mark Neufang, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
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