Cake pops are rich, creamy treats that will impress the dessert lovers in your life. After you've mixed a baked cake with frosting and rolled the mixture into small balls, it's time to tackle the most difficult part of the process: dipping the tiny treats into a melted chocolate coating. Once you've successfully dipped your first few cake pops, however, you'll find the process isn't that intimidating.
Place the undipped cake balls on a cookie sheet covered in waxed paper and chill them in the refrigerator for at least two hours to get them firm enough for dipping. If you're in a hurry, you can put the cake pops in the freezer for approximately 20 minutes, but if they get too cold, the coating is more likely to crack as it cools and dries.
Use melted almond bark or melting chocolate for a firm, shiny coating. Almond bark is a flavored candy coating, usually available in chocolate or vanilla, and it is designed to be melted and dry into a hard, solid coating.
Secure Lollipop Sticks
After the cake balls have firmed up in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, put them on the lollipop sticks. Melt a small amount of the coating and dip the tip of each stick into the melted coating before inserting it approximately 1/4 inch deep into a cake ball. Put the cake pops back into the refrigerator for at least five more minutes to allow the coating to harden and secure the lollipop stick inside the cake pop.
Use a Double Boiler
You can melt the chocolate coating in the microwave if you prefer, but hold it over simmering water in a double boiler while you're dipping the cake pops. The heat from the double boiler will keep the coating at a consistent temperature, and you won't have to put the coating back in the microwave every few minutes as it thickens at room temperature. If the coating seems too thick, stir in a teaspoon of vegetable shortening.
Dip one cake pop in the melted chocolate coating and let the excess coating drip off for a few seconds over the double boiler. Drizzle the cake pop with colored sugar or sprinkles while it's still wet, and stick the clean end of the lollipop stick into a piece of Styrofoam. Allow the cake pops to dry for at least 30 minutes before wrapping them in individual candy bags or preparing them for display.