Hi I made cake pops today (1st time with a stick) and the chocolate on many of them cracked as they were drying. Does anyone know why this happened and what I can do to prevent it from happening again. I did add a small amount of shortening to the chocolate.
If your cake pops are too cold they can cause the chocolate to crack.
were your cake pops frozen before dipping? Did you use the chocolate warm? These are the 2 biggest factors. I find the chocolate being too warm is the biggest, since I dip from frozen all the time.
Let you chocolate sit for a few minutes before dipping.
Also if they were pops, could you cake have been to moist (cake binder combo)
OK so looks like I did lots wrong, LOL. Yes they were frozen and I dipped them from freezer to hot chocolate. So glad I asked because my daughter wants me to make 200 for her wedding and after today I wasn't to sure I would be able to. I will definitely try them again. Thanks to you all.
i just finished writing about my first time experience with cake balls...my chocolate cracked also
so now i know why they cracked...but my next problem is getting a smooth coating of chocolate HELP!
the chocolate coating was so lumpy...i used a spoon to roll the cake balls in the chocolate...am i doing something wrong
about the lumpy coating, add some shortening to your candy melts as youre melting them. about a tablespoon at a time until it's the thickness you want, and mix it in with a wisk. Sometimes I have to beat the heck out of it with the wisk but in the end my chocolate is smooth.
I stir shortening in with a spoon. If I used a whisk, I'd have tons of bubbles in it. The chocolate needs to be runny yet warm-not hot.
bubbles will settle tho
I dipped some yesterday and 3 of them had tiny bubbles.
i used shortening but i didnt whisk it as mentioned...so i'll do another trial run and see how it goes
i melted my chocolate in the microwave, would a double-boiler be better??
i use the microwave
If you need them, you can also use paramount crystals to thin you chocolate instead of shortening.
I've made a few, and for the most part have been pretty lucky. I generally just freeze the pops for 15 minutes then pull them out. They aren't too frozen by then and generally don't crack on me.