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Bakers, whether they work in a professional kitchen or at home, usually figure out the best way to bake the hard way: trial and error. You try something, it doesn't work, so you try something else. Experimenting is part of the fun of baking, but sometimes you just want to get it right the first time. With that in mind, if you want to get started in the creative and popular world of cake pops, these helpful tips should help you achieve the results you want when you want them.

Handy Cake Popping Tips

  • Lollipop sticks are circular. Do not go for the flat "coffee stirrer" type as they don't usually work as well and they offer less presentation quality
  • It adds time, but be sure to cool/freeze the cake balls/pops before coating them, it will ensure that everything stays together.
  • Use a double-boiler, or a stainless steel bowl over a heated pot of water, when melting chocolate, candy melts or other coatings to avoid over-heating. You can also melt these in the microwave.
  • Stick with binding ingredients that have the consistency of cream cheese or similar. If it is too liquidy the cake pops can get too moist and lose their shape.
  • Plan out what you're coating the cake pops with ahead of time.
  • Give yourself at least three hours to make the cake pops (or more if you're going for more specialty flavors). Rushing is the easiest way to make a mistake.
  • Hold the cake ball in your hand while putting the lollipop stick into it.
  • Don't be afraid to freeze cake pops, they keep very well! Just make sure they are covered and remember that freezer burn is still a threat.
  • Be very careful when using butter or butter-based binding agents, they can end up making the lollipop sticks oily.
  • Dipping the lollipop sticks into the chocolate or other coating before inserting it into the cake ball will help it stick to the cake better.

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