Fun Dip: Dipping Cake Pops Tutorial

Cake pops are the perfect treat for any type of occasion, from children’s parties to fancy weddings. We love them for their versatility: They can be cute, elegant or trendy. But, we love them even more because they’re also incredibly sturdy, thanks to the candy coating that wraps around the delicious mixture of cake in the center. Dipping cake pops can be tricky, but don’t fret! Here’s some tips for coating cake pops like a pro.

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What are the basics of coating cake pops?

Learn how to dip cake pops like a seasoned pro in a few easy steps. It’s important to know what the coating is and how it behaves, then how to thin it and finally, dip into it!

Cake pops are coated with candy coating, which is very similar to tempered chocolate but melts at a higher degree. Candy coating has many different nicknames and sold in many different brands depending on your location. It’s commonly called candy melts, chocolate bark or just “chocolate”- when referring to cake pop making. Brands like Mercken’s, Clasen, Make n’ Mold and Wilton offer a rainbow of colors to choose from. They look like little colored discs called wafers and are typically sold in 12-16 ounce bags.

Colorful candy wafers

What is the best way to melt candy wafers?

You will need the following items:

  • Candy Wafers
  • Bowl
  • Stirrer
  • Microwave

Candy wafers are easy to melt. You don’t need a double boiler, just a small microwavable plastic or silicone bowl that holds a one cup capacity, like the ones pictured below, should do the trick. The deeper the container, the better.

You’ll also need a microwave and a small spoon or some kind of stirrer. A melting pot is also okay to use. However, it is very important to keep a close eye on the pot and stir frequently to avoid scorching the candy coating.

1 cup silicone bowls

Step 1:

Fill the bowl with candy wafers. Microwave for 1 minute at 50% power, then stir. Even if it doesn’t look like anything has happened, stir to move the wafers around to avoid scorching them.

Step 2:

Microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power and stir again. Continue microwaving at 30 second intervals at 50% power until the wafers have completely melted. Add more wafers to fill the bowl, if you wish, but don’t forget to stir at every 30 second interval!

Step 3:

Candy coating should always rest about 5 minutes after heating and before dipping cake pops to avoid cracks. The closer to room temperature both the coating and cake pops are, the better.

Paramount crystals

What can be used to thin candy coating?

The paramount crystals pictured above are the best thing to add to candy coating to thin it out into a nice and loose fluid consistency, perfect for cake pop dipping. Paramount crystals are made from the same combination of oils contained in candy wafers. This is the only product that will not alter the integrity of the coating.

Always keep in mind that most colors and brands melt differently, creating a variety of different consistencies. Add a tablespoon of paramount crystals at a time to the candy coating and stir until the paramount crystals melt completely. Add more and stir well each time until the consistency feels similar to stirring a can of paint.

Melted candy coating for cake pops

What is the best method for dipping cake pops?

You will need the following items:

  • Lollipop sticks
  • Cake balls
  • Melted candy coating
  • Toothpicks
  • Cake pop stand or styrofoam block

Inserting lollipop stick

Step 1:

Before adding sticks to the cake balls, make sure they are slightly chilled. It’s best to let them hill in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes after rolling/shaping.

Step 2:

Once chilled, you can add sticks to the cake balls. Use the candy coating as the glue to stick the two together, which will help prevent the ball sliding down the stick later.

Note: For simplicity, I’ll just refer to the “dough” as cake balls even though they could be in many different shapes other than a sphere.

Step 3:

Dip about ⅓ inch of the lollipop stick in candy coating and then insert it into a cake ball until it’s about halfway into the ball. Do this for all of the cake balls. On warmer days or in warm commercial kitchens, you may need to stick it in the fridge for a minute or two to help it set.

Dipping cake pop

Step 4:

Now you’re ready to dip! Hold the cake pop upside down and dunk, in one motion, into the candy coating until you see the coating cover the entire ball and meet the stick. Then lift up to remove from the coating. Let the excess coating drip back into the bowl using an up and down motion with your arm. Turn it right side up. Using your fingers on the stick, rotate the cake pop at an angle. This helps the coating even itself out.

Step 5:

Use a toothpick to help guide any excess coating off the cake pop near the stick if needed. You can also use a toothpick to puncture any noticeable air bubbles in the coating. Stick in the stand or Styrofoam block. Now, let it dry and harden completely.

Step 6:

Repeat the process until all cake pops have been coated.

Plain white cake pops

These are the basic steps to dipping cake pops and achieving a nice, even and smooth coating.

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19 Comments

Carolyn Brooks Robertson

I have made cake pops many times, and my candy coating always cracks. I always make sure to check the temp to make sure the candy coating is not too hot or too cold along with my rolled cake balls. Do you have any other tips?

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sory

make sure the chocolate is going all the way to the stick when you dip them into the chocolate that way when it sets it wont fall off

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sory

i have tried this and it seems to work, put them in the freezer for 15 minutes and then down in the fidge for the rest of the time until ready to dip into candy melts it has work for me

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Lucia Mendoza

Hello what brand or were. Do i buy the chocolate. O coat the cake pops

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karen medlin

Help! I am having a horrible time with dipping these. No matter what I do half of them fall off the stick, into the chocolate. I have tried making them smaller. I have dippied the lollipop sticks in chocolate then into the cake ball and put back in fridge to set up. I have thinned the chocolate with a little crisco to make it thinner. I just don’t know what I am doing wrong. Please help.

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sory

make sure to le some of the coating run down the stick when you dip them,that way the hard chocolate will prevent them from falling once the cake goes soft again

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Anna

You may need to adjust the cakeball mixture. For a cakemix, I only use bettycrocker frosting. It’s less oily. Only use a little over half the jar. Also when dipping. Don’t overtap to remove excess. Good luck.

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Sandra Gonzalez

hi i wonder what about glow neon cakepop ? how i make glow bright flash on cakepop??

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Kelly

Hi there, I’ve had a few attempts at making cake pops but I am still working on getting them right. I made some recently and the coating did not crack when you bite into the cake pop, like I thought they should and similarly to chocolate. I did use oil to thin the candy melts so will try the paramount crystals…but any other ideas why this might be the case? Thanks in advance

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Kris Galicia Brown

Hi Kelly, are you dipping them more than once? You should only need one layer of coating. If the shell is too thick, you’ll have trouble biting through like you mentioned.

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