Check out my video on how to dip cake pops in chocolate. Also be sure to check out the Part 1 Video: How to Make Cake Pops.
How to Dip Cake Pops in Chocolate
Here’s what you need to dip and decorate your cake pops:
- Formed cake pops, chilled (See my How to Make Cake Pops Video)
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips or Candy Coating wafers
- Shortening (only needed with chocolate chips)
- 6 inch Lolly-pop sticks
- Block of Styrofoam (to hold cake pops while cooling)
- Assorted sprinkles for decorating
Melting the Chocolate
Place the semi-sweet chocolate chips, or candy coating wafers, in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on half power for 30 seconds then stir. Continue to microwave at half power for 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted. If using chocolate chips, and 2 teaspoons of shortening for every 4 ounces of chocolate used. The shortening will keep the chocolate soft even after it cools and will also help keep it in temper.
Dipping the Cake Pops
Once your chocolate is ready you can start dipping your cake pops. Take a lolly-pop stick and dip just the end in the chocolate, then insert into one of your chilled cake pops. Try to get the stick all the way through the pop without busting through the other side. If your cake pops seem a bit soft, and not staying on the stick too well you may want to put them all on sticks and then refrigerate again for about an hour before dipping.
If they seem to be steady on the stick you can proceed to dipping in chocolate. Tilt the bowl of chocolate and begin to dip the cake pop spinning it in the chocolate to coat completely. Make sure the bottom of the cake pop gets covered as well. Once it’s coated completely remove from chocolate and then tap the stick against the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate.
Decorating the Cake Pops
Once the cake pop has been dipped you can add sprinkles to it immediately while the chocolate is still soft. To add sprinkles you can either dunk the cake pop into a bowl of sprinkles to coat completely, or you can take a pinch of sprinkles in your hand to drop on top for a more sparse look.
If you plan to decorate the cake pop with other decorations you may want to let it cool so the chocolate hardens first. Once the chocolate has cooled you can dust with luster dust, add fondant decorations, or pipe on designs with royal icing.