Cake balls are little frosted bite-sized pieces that you can display on lollipop sticks or serve on a platter. Use a smooth, chilled cake ball from the start to ensure a similarly smooth coating. Uneven cake underneath can create ripples and dents that warp the appearance of your candy coating. For guaranteed success, use candy melts instead of traditional melted chocolate. Candy melts are user-friendly for first-time cake ball makers; you don't have to worry about tempering the coating like you would with chocolate.
Things You'll Need
- Prepared, chilled cake balls
- Lollipop sticks, optional
- Slow cooker
- Candy melts in any color
- Shortening or vegetable oil
- Block of packing foam or colander
Melt candy melts in a slow cooker on a low, warm setting. Add one package of candy melts at a time, waiting for each batch to completely melt before adding another. Once all of your coatings are melted, turn off the heat and use the melted coating immediately.
Add shortening if the candy coating is too thick. Add about a tablespoon at a time, pausing in between each addition to let it melt until you reach the right consistency. If you don't have shortening, use vegetable oil instead. The candy coating is ready when it flows smooth and fluid-like from a spoon.
Slowly submerge the cake ball into the melted candy coating and pull it out slowly. Don’t roll the cake balls into the coating -- this will cause lines and ripples in the coating, and introduce crumbs. Lift the cake ball out and allow any excess candy coating to drip off.
Place lollipop sticks into the cake balls and stand them up in a block of foam to dry. If you’re not using sticks, set the cake balls on a layer of parchment paper to set.
Pop any air bubbles in the candy coating while it's still wet using a toothpick. Decorate the cake balls with sprinkles, nuts or edible glitter while the coating is still wet. Sprinkle the edible décor over the cake balls instead of rolling them in it, which can create ripples and tears in the coating. The coating is dry in 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the temperature and humidity of the kitchen.
Tips & Warnings
- If you notice imperfections, cover them using melted chocolate or candy melts and a piping bag.
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