Cake pops are getting more and more creative. We had these adorable duck cake pops sent in to us by a cake pop first timer.
The Original Pin
So dang cute. Mallory tells us "made these to help out for the 2nd baby shower my sister had that I wasn't hosting. It was a duck theme, so I had this great idea to do duck cake pops that I found on Pinterest. Having never tried this recipe before, and having absolutely NO skills in the baking department whatsoever, I failed miserably at this attempt."
I wouldn't say that is a miserable fail at all. In fact, for a first timer those are pretty awesome. In fact, those are just awesome just anyway. Malloy will "still swear they look more like Furby's than ducks..
But everyone was sweet and talked about how "cute" and "adorable" they were. They were full of [poop], of course, but it was nice of them to try to make me feel better about how terrifying they looked.
On a positive note, they did taste *exceptional*. So that's all that matters, right?"
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Decorating the cake pops is still the hardest part for me, but I've learned a few things that help to make it not such an ordeal.
- First off, I add a little shortening to my chocolate/candy melts to make it a little more runny and smooth. It helps it to go on the pop better and to sit more smoothly.
- I don't know if Mallory tried the sticks or not, but putting the sucker sticks in the cake balls really makes it a lot easier to dip and decorate the cake balls/pops (unless you're going for more of the cake truffle thing). Dip the stick in the melted coating first before inserting it into the cake ball, and let it set up before dipping the cake pop.
- After dipping the cake pop, I tap the stick on the side of the bowl while turning the cake pop, this helps to get excess coating off and to smooth out the coating as well. If I'm just doing cake balls/truffles, I use a fork to scoop the cake balls out of the coating so that some of the excess coating can escape.
- You definitely want to decorate before the coating sets up so that your add-ons stick to the cake pop/balls.