My very first love (when it comes to sweets that is) is chocolate chip cookies with milk of course! But then I got hooked on Cupcake Pops and my chocolate chip cookie making days went to the wayside:-( Something I actually miss……
|mini brads, pink ribbon, and tag made from my home printer (hand cut), nail for making holes in tag & ribbon.|
It’s actually easy to turn any container into a display piece.
As with most things in life to master any skill you will need to practice! However, a few tips and tricks will go a long way in solving many of your cake pop realted problems. The rest is technique and time!
See the nice rings of the mold? If your candy melts are the right consistency
(thin enough) you too will see this nice definition!
MY CAKE POP FALLS OFF THE STICK:
- Dough is too moist.
- Dough is too dry.
- Dough is not chilled long enough or has lost its chill and needs to be rechilled.
- Not enough candy melts in the bowl and you are needing to dip the same cake pop multiple times to get it covered.
- Candy melts are too hot.
- Candy melts are too thick.
- Use dough that is just moist enough to hold cake or cookies together in a play dough consistency. Follow our No-Bake Recipe at the bottom for the best results.
- Chill dough in refrigerator for at least 1hour and only take out 2-3 balls at a time to work with, re-chilling after each use.
- If in a hurry put in freezer for 10 minutes but do not let freeze. Then use refrigerator in between dips.
- Candy melts should be melted and then cooled for a minute or two before dipping pops.
- Colored candy melts or wafers almost always need to be thinned down with Crisco or another vegetable shortening.
|See the ridges? Before dipping and after chilling make sure to tap down.|
I AM NOT GETTING A GOOD SHAPE FROM THE MOLD:
- Your dough is too dry or too moist.
- Your dough is not chilled long enough or has lost its chill.
- You are not pressing hard enough and making sure the edges of the mold touch each other completely before opening mold and removing dough.
- Start off with our easy to make no-bake recipe.
- Chill, chill and re-chill. Did I say chill? You will not get a good result if you work with unchilled dough or your dough has lost it’s chill. It should be very, very firm! And as soon as you have molded or dipped put back in refrigerator. This is where your pops should be unless you are working with them. Work fast and then rechill.
- Make sure to work with clean hands at all times. Keep a towel close by and always wipe hands down and mold down. A clean work area will produce clean results.
- Use a light dusting of powder sugar on the inside the mold to help get a great shape.
|It is better to hand mix than to mix in a food processor or mixer.
The cream cheese stays colder this way and the texture is better to work with.
MY DOUGH IS STICKING TO THE SIDES OF THE MOLD AND BREAKING IN TWO WHEN I OPEN THE MOLD:
- Mold may be dirty with too much cake pop dough.
- Cake pop dough isn’t chilled enough.
- Cake pop dough is too moist.
- Keep hands and mold clean at all times wiping both down with a towel frequently.
- Use a dusting of powder sugar or cocao on hands and mold.
- Dough that isn’t chilled long enough tends to break apart.
- Too dry dough crumbles and too moist dough separates. Chilled dough helps many of these problems.
- Candy melts are too hot.
- Kitchen is too hot.
- Cake pop is being decorated too soon after dipping in candy melts.
- After melting candy wafers let wafers stand for several minutes to cool.
- Candy wafers should be melted and warm but not hot.
- Keep pop upside down until wafers are set but not dry. This can be a learning curve to get a feel for how long it takes candy melts to dry. If your kitchen is cold your candy melts will dry quickly, if your kitchen is hot your candy melts may take a very long time to dry.
- Wait a minute or so to add sprinkles. Timing will depend on the heat of your kitchen.
- Use a bowl of ice to cool dipped pops. The quicker the candy sets the less drips you will get. Place dipped pops in the refrigerator to harden.
1 – 16.6 oz pkg Original flavored Oreo Cookie
- Grinded to fine crumbs in food processor.
7 oz cream cheese.
- Hand Mix
Work in a cold kitchen.
Keep your work area clean.
Don’t try to rush the process.
CHILL AND RECHILL. If your pop is not firm and cold to the touch you will not get a good result!
If this is your first time or you are working with your children do not get discouraged and just have fun with it and enjoy the process. No matter what your pops look like they will taste amazing and more than likely your kids or friends will think they look great!
The winner is #29:
Send us an email LAUREN and we’ll get your beach bling out to you!!
We are SOOOOOO HAPPY summer is finally here on Cape Cod and everywhere!
Summer is a time for having fun with the kids with no school year agendas or pressures…
It is also a time to relax and celebrate with friends and family with lots of good food and sweet treats, enjoyed best with smiles and sunshine.
And of course…a little Bling for your beach bucket!!
Our Beach Bling giveaway includes:
Everything you need to make these cute beach buckets
for a perfect summer party treat.
And a few things to make your summer extra special!
- A beautiful new beach towel you can’t hit the beach without it!
- Cool blue beach bucket.
- Your own My Little Cupcake Mini Mold™ in our Cupcake Shape.
- Fondant to make your own little beach buckets.
- Blue fondant coloring to get that perfect ocean color.
- Gumballs to use as your beach ball decoration
- and the “icing on the cake” (pun TOTALLY intended…)
an 8Gb iPod Touch
to keep the tunes coming all summer long….!
So how do you go about entering our Beach Bling Giveaway?
Just leave a comment below, telling us where your favorite beach is! That’s it!!!
Contest ends Monday, July 11th, 2011 at midnight.
Winner will be picked by Random.Org and announced on our blog “right here” on Tuesday July 12th.. We will email the winner as well.
Are you on Facebook? Make sure to visit our Facebook page www.Facebook.com/MyLittleCupcakePop to share your pop pictures and comments with us.
If your more of a beach bum or a sailor at heart, here is a spin on the traditional red, white & blue theme. (This one was my husband’s favorite, since he can’t wait to get his boat in the water this weekend!)
We would like to take a moment and send our best thoughts out to Bakerella, who has been ill as of late. We wish her a healthy and quick recovery. Bakerella is an incredibly gifted woman and has inspired me a great deal. I have a lot of respect and admiration for her and hope to see her back in the kitchen soon, amazing us all with her incredible talent. To check out her ideas, please visit http://www.bakerella.com/.
Get well soon, Bakerella… ~ Jeanette