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So my mother decided she wants to do cake pops for my SiL's baby shower instead of a cake. she bought a cake pop pan, so the actual baking part is not the problem - my problem is that I have no idea how to decorate them. Ddo you HAVE to dip them in melted chocolate or can they somehow be frosted with regular frosting? If dipped in chocolate, do i immdiately have to dip in sprinkles or wait for the choc to firm up a bit? Argh, im great with baking but totally lost with the creativity of decorating what i have baked. Help please!!!
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by on Mar. 21, 2012 at 1:12 PM
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1busymomma03
by on Mar. 21, 2012 at 9:52 PM

You are very welcome. It's a good idea to do a practice run...plus it's just a good excuse to eat them! LOL. Please post pics when you make some though!! We love seeing pictures of other people's goodies here! =)

Quoting LoveMyBoyK:

Wow, those are all beautiful!! Thank you for sharing your tips, that will help me a lot:) I think I am going to do a "dry run" by making some Easter colored pops for my family and maybe play around with different decorating techniques.


Quoting 1busymomma03:

I have made tons of cake pops (and cake balls)! My family loves them, and I have gotten a few orders from others as well.

I don't think there is any way to decorate them with regular icing..that would be super messy. When decorating with sprinkles, you put the sprinkles on immediately after you dip them in chocolate. The sprinkles won't stick if the chocolate has hardened.

There are some really good tutorials online about  how to dip them and how to get a smooth look to the coating on them.

Some tips that I could give you based on personal experience...

Add some Crisco shortening to the chocolate or candy melts to help make the coating smooth.

Make sure to get a lot of the excess chocolate coating off of the cake pops before decorating...if there is too much chocolate on it will all run down the stick and make a mess. LOL.

I wouldn't roll the cake pops in sprinkles..just sprinkle it on from above..it sticks really well while the chocolate is still "wet".

You can also decorate the cake pops by drizzling a different color on top (you need to let the chocolate coating on the cake pop harden before doing this. )This is done easily if you melt some candy melts or chocolate in a ziploc bag in the microwave. Cut a very small hole in the tip, and pipe the drizzle design onto the cake pop.

Here are a few pics of some that I have done.

These below aren't on sticks, but I wanted to show you another way that I decorate them sometimes. If you look at the red and green ones toward the right side of the picture, you can see the swirl design. To make these, I just used a spoon to generously drizzle both red and green melted candy melts onto the cake pop. Then I tapped it against the side of a bowl and twirled it around as I was tapping to slightly combine the colors. It gave it a really cool marbled effect.




LoveMyBoyK
by on Mar. 21, 2012 at 11:42 PM
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Will do:)


Quoting 1busymomma03:

You are very welcome. It's a good idea to do a practice run...plus it's just a good excuse to eat them! LOL. Please post pics when you make some though!! We love seeing pictures of other people's goodies here! =)


Quoting LoveMyBoyK:

Wow, those are all beautiful!! Thank you for sharing your tips, that will help me a lot:) I think I am going to do a "dry run" by making some Easter colored pops for my family and maybe play around with different decorating techniques.





Quoting 1busymomma03:

I have made tons of cake pops (and cake balls)! My family loves them, and I have gotten a few orders from others as well.

I don't think there is any way to decorate them with regular icing..that would be super messy. When decorating with sprinkles, you put the sprinkles on immediately after you dip them in chocolate. The sprinkles won't stick if the chocolate has hardened.

There are some really good tutorials online about  how to dip them and how to get a smooth look to the coating on them.

Some tips that I could give you based on personal experience...

Add some Crisco shortening to the chocolate or candy melts to help make the coating smooth.

Make sure to get a lot of the excess chocolate coating off of the cake pops before decorating...if there is too much chocolate on it will all run down the stick and make a mess. LOL.

I wouldn't roll the cake pops in sprinkles..just sprinkle it on from above..it sticks really well while the chocolate is still "wet".

You can also decorate the cake pops by drizzling a different color on top (you need to let the chocolate coating on the cake pop harden before doing this. )This is done easily if you melt some candy melts or chocolate in a ziploc bag in the microwave. Cut a very small hole in the tip, and pipe the drizzle design onto the cake pop.

Here are a few pics of some that I have done.

These below aren't on sticks, but I wanted to show you another way that I decorate them sometimes. If you look at the red and green ones toward the right side of the picture, you can see the swirl design. To make these, I just used a spoon to generously drizzle both red and green melted candy melts onto the cake pop. Then I tapped it against the side of a bowl and twirled it around as I was tapping to slightly combine the colors. It gave it a really cool marbled effect.






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deeredone2
by Member on Mar. 22, 2012 at 6:01 PM

These are so cute!

melaniecerise
by on Mar. 23, 2012 at 10:29 AM

i would immediately dip them in sprinkles if you do the melted chocolate

LoveMyBoyK
by on Apr. 14, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Um, yeah, so my first effort - using homemade cake batter for at least 24 pops, produced the above sorta successes and a bunch of cake pieces. Props to you mommas who make these all the time!!! Most of mine fell apart either when I opened the pan or when I stuck the stick in!!
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katzmeow726
by on Apr. 14, 2012 at 11:13 PM

I tried with regular frosting, but it doesn't get hard enough.  The melted coating really is the best way to go IMO.  And I immediately dip in sprinkles, so it sticks.  The stuff dries amazingly fast!

katzmeow726
by on Apr. 14, 2012 at 11:14 PM

All of those are just amazing!

Quoting 4kidz916:



LoveMyBoyK
by on Apr. 14, 2012 at 11:26 PM
They would be perfect for the baby shower i am throwing but i can't get my pops to stay together much less be round *sigh* Betty Crocker I am apparently not!!!


Quoting katzmeow726:

All of those are just amazing!

Quoting 4kidz916:




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katzmeow726
by on Apr. 14, 2012 at 11:30 PM
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I never do the pops...honestly I just use a pair of tongs, tap of the extra coating and set them on a baking sheet to dry.

What are you using for the filling?  Sometimes I have better luck using a store bought cake mix, with store bought frosting.  I mix all the frosting with a crumbled cake in a bowl, and roll in to balls.  I'll chill the cake balls for about 30 minutes, then dip them in the coating.  They may not be as pretty as others, but they seem to work out well. 

Quoting LoveMyBoyK:

They would be perfect for the baby shower i am throwing but i can't get my pops to stay together much less be round *sigh* Betty Crocker I am apparently not!!!


Quoting katzmeow726:

All of those are just amazing!

Quoting 4kidz916:





LoveMyBoyK
by on Apr. 14, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I will give that a try - So are you saying you bake the cake, crumble it, mix it with frosting, roll it into balls and coat them in chocolate? I am going into a sugar coma just thinking about it:D


Quoting katzmeow726:

I never do the pops...honestly I just use a pair of tongs, tap of the extra coating and set them on a baking sheet to dry.

What are you using for the filling?  Sometimes I have better luck using a store bought cake mix, with store bought frosting.  I mix all the frosting with a crumbled cake in a bowl, and roll in to balls.  I'll chill the cake balls for about 30 minutes, then dip them in the coating.  They may not be as pretty as others, but they seem to work out well. 

Quoting LoveMyBoyK:

They would be perfect for the baby shower i am throwing but i can't get my pops to stay together much less be round *sigh* Betty Crocker I am apparently not!!!





Quoting katzmeow726:

All of those are just amazing!

Quoting 4kidz916:







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