Graduation season is upon us and celebrations are under way to honor the achievements of those marching across stage in that iconic black cap and gown. Whether you own a cake pop business or have a special graduate in your life, knowing how to make graduation themed cake pops will come in handy this time of year. To make sure you are armed with that knowledge, Gaby of Gaby’s Special Treats will be showing us step-by-step how to make graduation hat cake pops. Gaby was first introduced to cake pops about a year ago when she ordered them for her son’s birthday party. She fell in love with them and started making cake pops for herself and for family events. She takes a few orders here and there, but describes herself as someone who makes cake pops mostly just for fun. “I’ve tried my hand at other treats,” Gaby says, “but I always seem to go back to cake pops!!” To tag along on Gaby’s cake pop adventures, follow @gabzep on Instagram.
Make Basic Round Cake Pops
Graduation cap cake pops start with basic round cake pops. To learn step-by-step how to make cake pops using a cake mix, please see How To Make Cake Pops.
If you want to get creative with the flavor of your cake pops, check out How To Make Cake Pops With Unique Flavors.
Now, without further delay, I’ll turn it over to Gaby to take us through the process for making her graduation hat cake pops…
Ingredients and Supplies for Graduation Hat Cake Pops
To make graduation hat cake pops you will need:
- 12 prepared round cake pops
- White, chocolate, red, and yellow candy wafers (or customize using your own school colors)
- Square candy mold
- Piping bags or sandwich bags
- Parchment paper
- Cake pop stand
How To Make Graduation Hat Cake Pops
Start by microwaving your entire bag of red candy wafers in a cup on 50% power for 1 minute. Stop and stir, then continue melting for an additional 15-seconds. Stop and stir again. Continue microwaving in 15-second intervals, stopping and stirring after each interval, until your coating is completely melted.
Pour about half of the melted red candy wafers into a piping bag or sandwich bag, cut the tip off of the bag and squeeze the red melted candy into each cavity of the square candy mold. Tap the mold so that the melted chocolate will evenly spread out in the square. Place the mold in the refrigerator to harden the candy.
To create the skin tone color, microwave your white candy wafers and add your chocolate wafers a little at a time until you achieve the skin tone color you want.
Dip a lollipop stick about 1/4″ into your melted coating then about half way through your cake ball. Place your cake pop on parchment paper until the coating hardens.
Then, dip each cake pop straight down into the melted coating until the cake ball is completely covered. Remove the cake pop from the melted coating, turn the cake pop at an angle and tap off any excess coating. Place your dipped cake pops in a cake pop stand to dry.
Helpful Hint: A tall narrow bowl works best for dipping cake pops. Keeping the coating warm throughout the entire dipping process is key to having a smooth coating on your cake pops. To avoid having to repeatedly reheat your coating, a chocolate melting pot is a great tool.
Take your square candy mold out of the refrigerator and turn it over onto a piece of parchment paper. The red squares should pop out easily. Set the squares aside while you re-dip your cake pops to create the bottom of the graduation cap.
With the remaining melted red candy, re-dip your cake pops to cover the top 1/4 of the cake ball. As you pull each cake pop out of the coating, keep it upside down and straight while gently shaking off any excess coating. Place a red candy square on top of each cake pop while the coating is still wet. Gently place your cake pops in your cake stand and let the coating harden. Before dipping each cake pop, shake your cup of red melted candy. This will even out the coating and help you get a straight line for the bottom of your graduation hat.
To create the tassel on your graduation caps, melt a small amount of yellow candy wafers. Place the candy wafers in a cup and microwave on 50% power for just 30 seconds. Stop and stir, then continue melting for an additional 10 to 15 seconds. Stop and stir again. Continue microwaving in 10 to 15-second intervals, stopping and stirring after each interval, until your coating is completely melted.
Pour the melted yellow coating into a piping bag or sandwich bag, cut the tip off of the bag and draw a tassel on top of each square.
Set your cake pops aside to dry completely before enjoying or packaging. For an added fun detail, draw different faces on your graduation hat cake pops.
A special thank you to Gaby of Gaby’s Special Treats for showing us how she makes her graduation hat cake pops! I can’t wait to see more of your amazing cake pop creations, Gaby.
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