|May the Baking Force be with you!
So here is my cake ball 101 and Star Wars cake balls.
|I had Hubby make my cake because I was working.
So I always start the same way, with a cake and a plan. I use a box mix and canned frosting usually. My reasoning is that it is easiest and most cost effective. And I figure I am crumbling it all up so you know, why not. But you feel free to use whatever kind of cake and frosting you like. For this I am using a chocolate cake and frosting.
I also usually do my cake balls over a few days. I do this because I am usually making a large amount and I never have a day just for baking. I work too much don't you know; well at least that is what I tell hubby.
My baking goes like this.
Day 1- bake your cake
Day 2-mix and shape your cake balls, and leave in the fridge
Day 3-decorate your cake balls
Makes it so easy for me to do a little each day, but you will figure out what works for you.
|Here is the mix, see how it is like a dough now, that is because I was careful not to add too much icing.
|I used a spoon for the first one so my hands would be clean enough to use the camera. For the rest I just used my hand to scoop out some dough into the fondant cutter I used.
|Make sure you press it down to make it full and as even as possible.
|Then just push the shape out, it should not be too hard to push it out.
|This is how I put them in the freezer. If they are going to be in there any longer than an hour I wrap the pan in plastic wrap to stop them from drying out.
|I set up my dipping station, lots of wax paper gets used in my house.
|Always dip the stick in melted chocolate that gives it something to stick to the cake pop filling.
If you are doing traditional pops, instead of standing the ball up, stand it up with the stick in Styrofoam or a block of some sort.
|When you dip, try not to move the pop around too much or bits of it break off making the chocolate all chunky.
|And that is how they look once dipped.
|And this is how they look as they are drying, some of them are cracking, as as you can see one fell off it's stick. I always make extra for this very reason.
|See the crack, you are going to cover it in chocolate then the image.
While the cake pops are drying I get my decorations all set up. Depending on what you plan to do you get it all set. This was my first time making cake pops with pictures on them. As I was going to cover them I did not need to double dip to cover the cracks. So I started by getting Hubby to put some pictures together for me. Since our computer at home is broken he just got them printed out on regular paper. Then we scanned them on my edible printer and printed them out. If I was smart I would have cut them out and put them all on one page to save the icing paper. But I am not smart and do not think of these things until after the fact.
|This is the icing sheet, you can see part of the fondant cutter. It is just like a paper cutter, just cooler.
To start I cut out my pictures, I have a fondant cutter from Wilton, I never used it before, but it worked great. You just have to push on the blade a bit, but it was much faster than trying to cut it all out with scissors. Then I put them in a baggy so they would not dry out. The paper dries out so fast!
|I keep them in a baggy so they don't dry out.
As this was my first time doing this I was not sure if I should use melted chocolate or maybe corn syrup to attach the image. I tried the melted chocolate and it worked great. It also made it easy to fill in all the cracks with chocolate. So I just used a pastry brush and brushed on the chocolate then stuck on the image. You need to make sure your hands are clean and dry, as you need to press the image out to make it stick and wet hands will tear the paper.
|I used the left over chocolate to brush on and stick the pictures to.
|Don't worry too much about the edged, they will be covered in sugar later.
|It is hard to see but there is coarse white sugar all over the sides and back of the pops.
|And here they are all wrapped up and ready to go. I do not put them in the fridge as they will get condensation on them and make the pictures bleed.
Hope this has given some of you some ideas and maybe even the push to try it out yourself.