February 20 was my 1 year anniversary! I can’t even believe how far I have come. If you look at my first pics compared to now, wow, I have improved so much. And yet, I still have so far to go! I want to start offering different flavors, but time for practicing has been short. It’s been such a busy year and I couldn’t be more thankful.
My time here in Alabama is winding down and soon I will be moving to Kentucky, where I hope to open a full service cake pop store. It will be a huge jump and risk, but I don’t see myself doing anything else. I have tried my hand at many different things and this is the one I just don’t get bored with. I love making art with cake! It’s so much fun for me.
I would also love to start offering simple cake pop classes. I am not afraid of sharing secrets to my fans. Cake pops are a lot of work, but if someone wants to learn how to do it, then I will be more than happy to help.
Does everyone know how much work I put into these simple and small pleasures? I have many people who think they are too expensive and then there are some who know and tell me I don’t charge enough. Well, they are right!! I don’t charge enough. Right now I am charging $1.50 per cake pop. I start with a dozen minimum which is $18.00 Now for a simple round cake pop I can see $1.50 being a decent price. However, 95% of my work is a certain shape or character. It is very time consuming! Just to give you an idea…
1. Bake your cake – I bake 2 13×9 cakes of one flavor at a time
2. Allow your cake to cool for a couple of hours, at least
3. crumble cake with food processor — very time consuming step– I have a 7 cup processor, so I can fit a 3rd of a cake into processor at once. So I crumble that up…add icing till I get the consistency I want. Then I dump that into another bowl. Then finish with the rest of the cakes in the same way.
4. Roll the cake into the perfect size balls– OH HOW I HATE THIS STEP!! Even more time goes here….
5. Either freeze or refrigerate the cake balls
6. If frozen, they have to sit out for awhile until they are room temperature. YOU CANNOT DIP A CAKE POP WHEN IT IS COLD—-IT WILL CRACK!
Then sometimes they will get to soft, so back in the refrigerator to get a little firmer…It really is hard to find the right balance…just takes practice
7. If refrigerated, take out and shape them into whatever you are creating. This is my FAVORITE part. Because this is when I can use my creative side. Then they usually need to be refrigerated again to firm up.
8. Get your candy coating ready….another very hard process…I still am working on getting just the right consistency of candy coating. It’s like a science that I just can’t get! TIP for beginners–you CAN NOT mix water with candy coating. The chocolate will seize up and ruin.
9. If your cake is ready and the right temp, it is time to dip!
10. Then there is all the little details and piping….
11. Then packing them in bags
12. Wrapping and curling ribbon
13. Get a cake box or whatever you choose and fill with paper shred and neatly put in cake pops
So there you have it, the very basic steps to making cake pops. There are so many more details to tell you, but honestly you would need a class or find a really good book OR just start practicing…BUT ANYWAY, my point to all of this is I charge very little for the time I put into these. Of course, don’t forget the cost of supplies–sticks, wrappers, ribbon, paper shred, boxes, cake supplies, candy melts, other utensils,and utilities!! I am sure I am forgetting something. But you get the idea…It’s not cheap friends. So I am sorry if you think $1.50 a pop is too expensive and I am really afraid to tell you…prices will be going up soon. LOL!
I am a stay at home mother, so my household duties don’t go away. I stay busy with the kids activities and Church and other things…so usually cake pops are done in the evening and at night. It’s not unusual for me to stay up well past midnight finishing up those orders. BUT even then, I still love it! I have my days where I am exhausted but when I see how happy my customer is when I hand my hard work and artistic creations over…it makes it all worthwhile!!
Usually when I have an order, I wait till the day before. Hopefully though I have a stash of frozen cake balls in my freezer. That makes life a little easier when all I have to do is shape and dip. And I am always getting last minute orders and the only reason I can fulfill those orders is because I have frozen cake ready to be thawed!
Last night I made mushrooms for the first time. A mom was celebrating her daughter’s 2nd birthday and the theme was Fairies..so she wanted cute little mushrooms. I am really happy with how they turned out!
I am telling you this because she sent me a text later in the day after the party and it made me feel so good! A little feedback goes far with me! And it’s appreciated!! She said, “Your cake pops were absolutely amazing!!! They looked awesome and tasted great too. Everyone was asking who made them so I hope we were able to get u some future business.” Things like this just confirm I am where I need to be! So thank you to all of my supporters for helping me get through this first year and keeping me popping!!! I couldn’t have done it without you!! And to my biggest supporter, Mom, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!! You have believed in me from day 1 when others did not and when others laughed. Your always the first to comment or call me and tell me how great something is. You are always pushing me to go farther! I just couldn’t do this without you and wouldn’t be doing this if you hadn’t supported me a year ago when I started this. I can remember sitting on my front porch going over all the possibilities and I remember how excited you were. =) Some people think I am crazy –I have a fancy education and a college degree, but I am choosing to do something completely different. But you have to follow your dreams folks! Life is too short to live every day doing something you hate. It may take awhile, but find something you love to do and make it happen!! And don’t listen to the naysayers! I have plenty of them and sometimes I find myself letting them in my head…but you can’t!