It is so tempting to make cake pops, right?
They always look so pretty and stunning, and they are easy to do! No?
I know it is not easy for everyone to make Cake Pops the first time.
If you are having a hard time making them or if you have certain issues that you never been able to fix, I am here to help!
- Cake Balls not round
- Cake Balls fall apart
- Balls fall off the stick
- Candy Melts too thick
- Candy Melts crack
- Air Bubbles
- White Streaks
- Candy Melts running down the cake pop
- Edible Ink Pens Problems: Questions & Answers
- Sprinkles etc. fall off the cake pop
- Lollipop Sticks turn yellow
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In this first section I answer questions for preparing the cake pops for dipping.
Remember to keep the consistency like play dough, so definitely not too dry, or too thin.
It has to be sticky in order to form a nice round shape. So add a little more frosting, bit by bit.
– Mostly that happens when you dip your cake pops right away and you have not let them rest in the refrigerator or freezer to firm up. This is really important! – If your cake pops are too big, this can be a reason as well. I usually weigh my pops, 20g and you are good. Or keep them around 1.3 inches in diameter.
– You might used too much frosting, so the cake ball is way too soft. Add more cake, form them again and let them rest in the refrigerator to firm up! – If you’ve dipped the stick in your candy melts and stuck it in the cake ball, it can still fall off, because the chocolate inside the cake ball has not set yet. I usually wait a couple of minutes before I dip my cake pops in the candy melts and let the chocolate inside the pop dry first.
– When your candy melts are way too thick, the cake ball can fall off too!
– If your candy melts are too thick, which they usually are to me, I add vegetable oil, bit by bit though, until you reach your desired consistency. If you are adding too much oil, you need to add more candy melts.
– It can be the temperature also: If you heated the candy melts up too hot, the candy melts will get all lumpy. Just wait a little until they are cooled down. – Are you sure no water etc. accidentally got into your candy melts? Water makes them all lumpy.
– To thin your candy melts, use either vegetable oil like I said before, or buy Paramount Crystals online.
Now let’s talk candy melts:
Anything can happen but sometimes you just do not know what you’ve done wrong! Does any of these issues sound familiar to you?
This problem is called “blooming” – just like in photography. The candy melts still taste wonderful, so tastewise those streaks do nothing to the candy melts, but it just does not look all even anymore. That happens when you heated up your candy melts way too hot. I heat my candy melts in a mircowave, and with a microwave blooming can occur so easily because you do not have control over the heat.
Once you see blooming happening, just add a couple of candy melts drops (dry) to your bowl with the already (way too hot) melted candy melts.
Stir dry candy melts in there until everything is combined, smooth and melted. Do not put it back in the microwave though. Best is to check the temperature! Get a candy thermometer, you will need it a lot so it’s great to have one at hand. Make sure the temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius, that is around 90 degrees Fahrenheidt.
So after your candy melts are all smooth, dip another cake pop in there and see what happens if the coating dries. Blooming should be all gone now =) When reheating the candy melts (if you need to), do that in 15-20 seconds intervals and stir for a while and see if it is necessary to put them back in the microwave.
Most people recommend 30 seconds but I find it too much when your candy melts were already melted.
Of course it varies since all microwaves are different.
O you just have to be patient and shake off the excess of the candy melts until it does not look runny anymore.
For me though, Americolor is a good brand and works for me the best. You can shop the edible food pens here. I use those all the time and those come in various colors.
Pen won’t Write
It is a good and cheap method to thin your coating but it does cause problems when you want to paint on your cake pops afterwards. If your candy melts are too thick, try to rather use Paramount Crystals instead of oil.
Paramount Crystals make it so easy to paint on your cake pops – and then it is lots of fun!
Food Pen Dried Out
This is basically it: Prepare everything and get everything out you need for your cake pops:
sprinkles, tools, etc.
As soon as you dipped your cake pops, you have to decorate them right away, before the chocolate sets and dries.
Try to use a little less frosting / cream cheese, just the amount of frosting that is necessary.