How to Decorate Cake Pops

Written by anne baley
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Following the trend of sliders and other small foods, cake pops are balls of cake and frosting on a stick, with a chocolate or other candy coating and various decorations on top. These gourmet treats look as if they took all day to create, and they make an impressive gift when you wrap half a dozen of them in cellophane and curling ribbon. Decorate your cake pops to look like expensive gourmet varieties with coatings and flavoured decorations.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Deep metal baking pan
  • Florist foam or styrofoam sheet
  • Craft knife or box cutter
  • Candy discs
  • Measuring cup
  • Small bowls
  • Microwave oven
  • Spoons
  • Sandwich bag
  • Scissors
  • Cinnamon

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  1. 1

    Cut a sheet of styrofoam or florist foam to fit the inside of a baking dish. Cut the foam so it fits the entire interior with no spacing on the edges.

  2. 2

    Place 1 cup of candy discs in your base colour into a small bowl. Microwave the discs in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth and completely melted.

  3. 3

    Hold a cake pop over the bowl. Spoon the base coating over the cake. Turn the stick while you're spooning to get a smooth coating over the entire pop.

  4. 4

    Push the bottom of the stick into the foam in the pan. This will hold the coated cake pop upright while you do the rest of the decorating. Coat the rest of the cake pops and stick them all into the foam in a grid pattern.

  5. 5

    Sprinkle some of the coated cake pops with cinnamon before the coating on the cake sets completely firm.

  6. 6

    Melt 1/2 cup of candy discs in a bowl in the microwave the same way you melted the base coating. Spoon the melted candy into a sandwich bag.

  7. 7

    Snip off the tiniest bit of one bottom corner of the bag. Squeeze the contents of the bag toward this corner. A small thread of candy should squeeze out the hole where you snipped the corner.

  8. 8

    Squeeze out threads of candy on top of the cake pops without cinnamon. Keep your hand constantly in motion back and forth to make decorative stripes or around in random movements to make artistic swirls and splotches.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with different colour combinations, like a chocolate base with pastel stripes or a white base with brightly coloured stripes.
  • Check the temperature of the melted candy before squeezing the bag. Candy coating can be used as a liquid at relatively low temperatures, but it starts out hot.

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