Cake Pop Insanity!: Troubleshooting Cake Pops:
Having a hard time making cake pops? Cake pop fail completely? Do you wonder how everyone else ends up with gorgeous, adorable, cute cake pops, and yours look like lumps on a stick (if they don't fall off the stick first!)? Well, you've ended up in the right place.
I have found that the most difficult thing about making cake pops is just getting started. My first cake pop experience was a total disaster. It took me a few weeks and a lot of research to finally figure out what I was doing wrong. So, in hopes of saving you time, as well as helping to keep you excited about cake pops (they are really fun!), I have created a troubleshooting guide for cake pops.
Cake balls won’t hold a ball shape.
You’re using too much frosting. Either add more cake, or start a new batch.
Cake balls won’t stick together.
You don’t have enough frosting in your cake crumb mix. Add a little more until your cake balls stick together.
Cake ball falls off the stick.
My candy coating/ chocolate coating is thick and lumpy.
The coating on my cake pops has cracked.
Oil is seeping through the coating on my cake pop.
One more tip, but this is about decorating the cake pops. I love using edible ink pens to draw faces or designs on my cake pops. Some people have trouble making edible ink go on nicely on the cake pop. First, make sure you're using a good quality edible ink pen. I use Aetco or Americolor edible ink pens, and I found them on Amazon. They work best if your candy coating is dry and fairly oil-free. If you use a lot of Crisco shortening to thin your candy coating, then your pens won't draw on your cake pops well at all- they make the coating fairly oily. Using Paramount Crystals to thin your coating makes for nice, smooth coating and won't add greasiness, which makes drawing on the pops a breeze.