This week, I made cake pops for the first time. In Connected Learning (2013), Mizuko Ito, et al., says, “[Connected learning] is in a focus on the creation of social, cultural, and technological supports to enable a young person to link, integrate, and translate their interests across academic, civic and career-relevant domains.” I was able to learn the steps to making cake pops through these social and technological supports. The resource that helped me out the most was a YouTube video called Cake Pops Recipe Demonstration. It walked me through each step of making cake pops, which was very useful since I had never made them. The tips, tricks and advice on Love in the Oven’s website was also very useful when it came to specific techniques to make sure that cake pops didn’t crack and fall off the stick.
So far, I have a basic understanding of how to make cake pops. I was able to mix the cake crumbs and frosting to the right consistency to make the balls, which turned out tasting delicious! I also was able to successfully dip the pops into the chocolate without them falling off, which is a trick I learned on the YouTube video. Overall, my cake pops tasted wonderful.
My challenges arose when it came to the visual presentation. First of all, I ordered a cake ball maker off of Amazon and realized it was way too big for cake pops–it was actually to make meatballs. Therefore, I had to roll the balls myself, which turned out far from perfect spheres.
All of the resources I used say to use the Wilton Candy Melts, but they didn’t have them at the store, so I used the Ghirardelli baking chips instead. This was definitely a mistake because this chocolate didn’t melt very well and ended up clumping quickly. Then, I didn’t realize how much time they would take to make. The Cake Pops Recipe Demonstration video was only 20 minutes long, so I didn’t think it would take too much time. I was wrong. I didn’t start making these until later in the evening. Therefore, I was pretty tired and impatient when it came to decorating. When dipping the cake pops, you’re supposed to let them drip for quite a while to get the excess chocolate off, but because of my lack of patience, I skipped this step, which was not a good idea. The chocolate dripped all down the stick and made a mess. Also, I forgot to put the sprinkles on before they dried! For these reasons, my cake pops were not as visually appealing as I would have liked.
Next time I make cake pops, I will make sure to buy a smaller cake pop ball maker from Amazon so that I can have perfectly shaped and equal size cake pops. I will also buy the Wilton Candy Melts from Amazon as well to ensure that the chocolate stays melted and doesn’t clump up quickly. Next time, I am going to leave myself plenty of time to make them (at least 3 hours) so that I do not rush through the decorating process. Doing this will also help me not skip any of the necessary steps in the detailed process. I will focus more on the YouTube video called Perfect Cake Pop Coating & Dipping to aid me in making beautiful cake pops.
B. (2016, September 15). Perfect Cake Pop Coating & Dipping | Cake Decorating Tutorial with Kris Galicia-Brown. Retrieved February 20, 2018, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQwIdIh9-us
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Ito, Mizuko, Kris Gutiérrez, Sonia Livingstone, Bill Penuel, Jean Rhodes, Katie Salen, Juliet Schor, Julian Sefton-Green, S. Craig Watkins. 2013. Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design. Irvine, CA: Digital Media and Learning Research Hub.
J. (2012, August 31). Cake Pops Recipe Demonstration – Joyofbaking.com. Retrieved February 3, 2018, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DfL6B6Vpus