Dipped a Swirl Cakepop, Used Luster Dust (170/366)

“Cookies are made of butter and love.”
~ Norwegian Proverb


If cookies are made with butter and love, then for me, cakepops are made of love and whatever else – it doesn’t matter as much as the love that’s put into them.

I used to make cakepops for the teahouse that we owned (I even helped Nick to make his very first batch of them last year), and many times, they were super tedious to make.  Thinking of the flavors was fun, and I always enjoyed when someone told us how much they loved our cakepops, but unless I was making them for someone specific, I never really liked making them.

When I made the cakepop safari for our cousin a little while ago, that was definitely a tall order.  I spent an entire week making those cakepops and there was a LOT of work involved.  But knowing that they’d help make my baby cousin’s first birthday even just a little more special was a great feeling.  When I made a few extra to bring to our friends while on our Portland trip, they loved them so much they thought maybe I could make some for a special birthday they’d be celebrating as well.  This would be a much smaller amount, but a theme I’d never even thought of making before.  I am using techniques I’d never tried and working with materials I’m unfamiliar with.  This one is definitely a labor of love!

One of the techniques I tried today was doing a swirl-dipped cakepop.  I went online for help on doing a swirl dip and read that you’re supposed to “melt two different colors of candy melt but don’t stir them,” but I wasn’t sure that was going to work, since when you melt candy melts, you’re supposed to stir them every 30 seconds.  I figured I’d just try melting both colors and then put a dollop of one into the other.

You’re supposed to dip the cakepop, then swirl it to coat.  It took me a few tries to get a decent swirl going.  I also had to add more pink melt to the purple as I dipped a new pop, and it seemed better to add pink in a few different places instead of just one how I’d seen online.  Don’t trust everything you see on the interwebs!  I got these looking okay after a while, but I’ll need more practice to get them looking better sooner.

I bought silver luster dust since it seemed like the most versatile color.  You basically mix some luster dust with the color you’re using, or if you’re using the dust straight people usually use vodka to make it more of a liquid.  I actually had Everclear, so I used that.  The dust won’t mix with water, and the idea is to use a high alcohol liquid so that it evaporates quickly and the dust is left over, coloring your item.

After I had dipped all the pops, I began painting them.  Don’t want to give away what they’ll become, so you’ll have to read on for more details!  But they’re looking pretty good so far.

Related Links:
Wilton Pink Candy Melts, 12-Ounce
Candy Melts 12 Ounces-Lavender
Wilton Silver Pearl Dust
AmeriColor  Amerimist Student Kit Air Brush Food Color 12 Pack Kit
Wilton 7-Piece Decorating Brush Set

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