Dipping Tips for Cake Pops

by Anika Torrance

An assortment of dipped cake pops.

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Cake pops are rich, creamy treats that will impress the dessert lovers in your life. After you've mixed a baked cake with frosting and rolled the mixture into small balls, it's time to tackle the most difficult part of the process: dipping the tiny treats into a melted chocolate coating. Once you've successfully dipped your first few cake pops, however, you'll find the process isn't that intimidating.

Chilling Time

Place the undipped cake balls on a cookie sheet covered in waxed paper and chill them in the refrigerator for at least two hours to get them firm enough for dipping. If you're in a hurry, you can put the cake pops in the freezer for approximately 20 minutes, but if they get too cold, the coating is more likely to crack as it cools and dries.

Coating Material

Use melted almond bark or melting chocolate for a firm, shiny coating. Almond bark is a flavored candy coating, usually available in chocolate or vanilla, and it is designed to be melted and dry into a hard, solid coating.

Secure Lollipop Sticks

After the cake balls have firmed up in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, put them on the lollipop sticks. Melt a small amount of the coating and dip the tip of each stick into the melted coating before inserting it approximately 1/4 inch deep into a cake ball. Put the cake pops back into the refrigerator for at least five more minutes to allow the coating to harden and secure the lollipop stick inside the cake pop.

Use a Double Boiler

You can melt the chocolate coating in the microwave if you prefer, but hold it over simmering water in a double boiler while you're dipping the cake pops. The heat from the double boiler will keep the coating at a consistent temperature, and you won't have to put the coating back in the microwave every few minutes as it thickens at room temperature. If the coating seems too thick, stir in a teaspoon of vegetable shortening.

Dipping Process

Dip one cake pop in the melted chocolate coating and let the excess coating drip off for a few seconds over the double boiler. Drizzle the cake pop with colored sugar or sprinkles while it's still wet, and stick the clean end of the lollipop stick into a piece of Styrofoam. Allow the cake pops to dry for at least 30 minutes before wrapping them in individual candy bags or preparing them for display.


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About the Author

Anika Torrance joined the "Mobile Press-Register" in 1997 as an advertising assistant and quickly moved into the newsroom, where she was a staff writer and copy editor for almost 10 years. She holds a Bachelor's degree with a double major in journalism and history from the University of Southern Mississippi, and completed a Master's degree in English at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.