How to make cake pops
Everyone loves cupcakes and cake pops are another fun way to be creative with cake and icing.
Cake pops are perfect for parties, especially children's parties, celebrations and special occasions.
All you need to make cake pops is a cake mix - or make your own cake batter and icing.
Use a scoop to lift out enough cake mix to make small, round balls.
First, pre-stick the cake pops flat on the cookie sheet. It'll help to create a flatter bottom.
Use a spoon to drip a small amount of candy coating onto greased paper - see below for candy coating.
Place candy disks down every 5cm
Dip your cake pop into the candy coating and tap of any excess.
Place it on top of the candy disk
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How to make candy coating for cake pops
Hard Candy Coating
1/2 cup light corn syrup*
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon flavouring if required
*Corn syrup is an American brand that is darker and more bitter when compared with maple syrup or molasses syrup, but these are great substitutes. For light corn syrup, substitute with clear glucose liquid. Alternatively, try this recipe for a corn syrup substitute:
2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup water
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
Dash of salt
Combine all ingredients together to replace corn syrup
1. Fill a large bowl with ice and cold water, leaving a few centimetres at the top so the saucepan will fit without causing the water to spill over the sides of the bowl.
2. Grease a flat baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
3. Combine the corn syrup, sugar and water in the saucepan. Place on the stovetop. Set the heat to medium-high. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
4. Leave the pot on medium-high heat, testing the temperature after 10 minutes. The temperature needs to be 300 degrees Fahrenheit. (It may take longer than 10 minutes.)
5. Once the temperature reaches 140 degress C, remove the pan from the heat, turn off the stovetop and immerse the saucepan in the bowl of cold water. Be sure that no cold water spills into the candy mixture.
6. The candy will take a moment to stop boiling, so put the items to be dipped on the skewers in the meantime. Being careful to touch only the top of the skewer, dip the items into the candy. Let any excess coating drip off into the saucepan. Once the candy mixture has stopped boiling, it is important to start dipping right away. The candy mixture will harden as it cools, making dipping difficult if it sits too long.
Place the dipped items on the baking sheet and let them sit at room temperature for at least one hour. It's a good idea to place them in the refrigerator to ensure the coating does not melt off.
For creative ideas for cake pops, visit Bakerella