With the soaring popularity of bakery cake pops, supplies to make the perfect treat at home are now available for home cooks. Making your own treats on a stick is fairly simple when you have the right tools. In fact, with the right cake pop supplies, even children in elementary school can have fun making their own snacks.
Here are twelve cake pop supplies for people venturing into the world of baking will need to make the perfect treat.
Cake Pop Books
If you are going to make cake pops the original way, then the book you must have is by Bakerella (aka Angie Dudley), who started the cake on a stick craze. Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats is a hardcover, spiral bound book that contains forty different baking projects. Begin with the basic cake pop and work your way up to more elaborate designs. Bakerella gives you step-by-step directions, along with color photographs, to guide you along the way.
Bakerella has another book entitled Cake Pops Holidays, which specializes in treatsfor winter holidays. It will be available in October 17, 2012.
Another recipe book that is a great guide for bakers of all levels is Crazy for Cake Pops: 50 All-New Delicious and Adorable Creations by Molly Bakes. This paperback book has 70 color photos to help as you create the perfect pop. Her recipes are from scratch, which makes them taste even better! She has a simple ten step process from creating the pops to eating them.
Cake Pop Molds
If you have a hard time getting them into the perfect ball shape, then you may want to add a cake pop mold to your supply list.
The Cake Pop Baller - Professional Sphere Mold - Ball Maker for Cake and Brownie Pops, Balls and Bites is one option. It comes in assorted sizes and makes the perfect spherical shape you are looking for. It can also be used for brownie bites and cake bites, too!
Silicon molds offer bakers a variety of different sizes, from the small .78 inch to thelarger 1.18 inch mold. These cake pop molds are non-toxic and best of all, easy to clean.
If you want a different way to make your cake pops, then the Babycakes Cake Pop Maker is for you. This little machine bakes the perfect cake pop without having to roll little ball shapes over and over or use a mold multiple times.
You can’t call these cake pops without the stick, so this is a must-have supply! After making your batter, you will have to insert lollipop sticks into them. They come in different sizes- 4 inch and 6 inch. Depending on how you plan to display your treats dictates the size you need. They come in packs of 100, so there is plenty for your first batch of pops. Note that this cake pop supply is not for the oven; it is to be used after the cake is cooled off.
Here is where the fun begins! Dessert on a stick looks boring unless you add color! Another must have supply is chocolate candy melts. Wilton has every color imaginable for you to make cake pops colorful!
Babycakes 20-Ounce Chocolate Dipper with Removable Insert
After baking cake pops for a while, you will want to get some additional supplies. One that is perfect is the Babycakes Chocolate Dipper. Anyone who has worked with chocolate knows that it hardens quickly. Melting the chocolate in the microwave works-until it gets hard. That makes the consistency of your frosting different for each pop. The Babycakes Chocolate Dipper has a removable stoneware crock that melts the candy in the microwave. Then you insert it in the holder where the chocolate will stay at the same even temperature and will not solidify.
Fondant is a wonderful cake pop supply for making faces and hair for people and wings, trunks and tails for animals. You can buy a single color or a multi-pack for more variety. Since cake pops are small, a little fondant goes a long way.
With food markers, you can make the tiniest details come alive! Depending on how much pressure you put on the pen, it can make fine, broad and medium lines. These are perfect for making pupils in fondant eyes and other parts of the face.
Your sweet treats need a place to stand when you are decorating them and for drying. Another necessary cake pop supply is a styrofoam block. It can be used over and over again on both sides!
Sprinkles and Sugars
For easy cake pop decorating, colorful sprinkles and sugars add pop to the melted candy melts. Colors fit any theme…having a Fourth of July barbeque? Use white candy melts with red sprinkles and blue sugar. For Thanksgiving, use orange candy melts with yellow and brown sprinkles. Bridging from Brownie Girl Scouts to Juniors? Use chocolate candy melts and green sprinkles and sugar. The combinations are endless!
If you are baking your cake pops ahead of time, or trying to sell them for a fundraiser, then you will need to keep them moist and flavorful. Cellophane treat bags made specifically for lollipops are a necessary supply. They make your homemade treat look more professional. Cellophane bags come with twist ties; you can jazz it up even more with colorful ribbon.
Cake Pop Boxes
Treats on a stick make the perfect hostess gift, teacher gift, or “thinking about you” gift. Cake pop boxes make yours easy to give and makes your homemade creationslook like a professional did it. Wilton has two cake pops boxes available. Both are white, so you can decorate it with markers.
Cake Pop Displays
If you are considering making cake pops on a regular basis for parties and bake sales, then investing in a good cake pop display is money well spent. It really dresses up a table, especially when you are having a candy buffet.
These twelve cake pop supplies will help you create the perfect treat for any occasion.