The Secret to dipping Anything in Chocolate
How to dip cake pops or cake balls in chocolate.
I am sure most of you know by now how to make cake pops so I will hit the highlights for you.
How to make Cake Pops
- a box cake mix
- a container of frosting
- Wilton Candy Melts or chocolate chips
- sprinkles of choice
- lollipop sticks
- lollipop wrappers
Take the cake balls out of the freezer about 5 minutes before you plan to dip them. If they are frozen when you dip them in the warm chocolate or candy melts the candy coating may crack from the change of temperatures.
Once you’re ready to dip your cake balls in chocolate you need to melt the chocolate. You can use Wilton Candy Melts or a bag of chocolate chips. Place 3/4 of the bag of candy melts or the entire 12 ounce bag of chocolate chips in a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water. Make sure the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water. Now here is the trick and secret ingredient to getting the chocolate to the perfect consistency to dip the cake balls in it.
Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of solid shortening to the candy melts or chocolate chips. Stir as the chocolate begins to melt. Once the chocolate and Crisco has melted completely check to see if you have the correct consistency. You want it runny enough so that it will drip just a bit from your cake balls after you dip them so they have a smooth coating on the cake balls.
If you melted the chocolate/candy melts in a large bowl transfer some of the melted chocolate coating to a small bowl that will be deep enough that you can plunge the entire cake ball in up to the stick. Twirl it carefully to get the coating on the entire cake ball and the area where the lollipop stick is inserted into the cake ball. Decorate with sprinkles immediately after dipping each pop.
You can stand the cake ball pops up in a block of styrofoam until the chocolate is completely hardened. I stuck the dipped cake ball pops in the freezer for a few minutes as I made them. Don’t leave them in there more than five minutes. If you do they will get a layer of condensation on them.
Once the candy coating hardened I then wrapped them in Wilton lollipop bags.