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Tennis Ball Cake Pops.  When I started researching ideas for this request, I found that I wasn’t in love with most examples I found via Google images (my typical go-to brainstorming source).  Almost all tennis ball cake pops are done using sprinkles.  And that’s fine.  But I really wanted to find a way, a new way, to approach them that would make them look fuzzy.  Like a real tennis ball.  In fact, I wanted them to have a similar effect to the Elmo cake pops I did nearly a year ago for my son’s first birthday.

When desiring a “fuzzy” cake pop, you start by dipping the pop as you would any other pop.  And then you let it dry.  This gives you a smooth solid base to work on.  Now for the tennis ball cake pops, I wanted to get the white line on first.  I thought it would look most realistic for the fuzz to fluff up around the line instead of the line sitting awkwardly on top.

I started by drawing a line on the dried cake pop with an edible marker.  The reason I did this step was to improve my accuracy when getting the right shape drawn on the pop.  I find that I’m better with a marker than I am flying by the seat of my pants with warm runny chocolate in my icing bag.

Then, using that orange edible ink line as a guide, I grabbed my icing bag and started piping on the white chocolate.  Don’t worry too much about the inconsistencies, as you can cover up a bit of it when we do the next step.

The final step is to add the fuzz.  Now.  While this part is not difficult, do not underestimate the time it takes.  It is a slow process.  What you do is take a bowl of melted yellow chocolate and grab a tooth pick.  You dip the toothpick in the chocolate, then start dabbing it all over the cake pop.  Your motion should pull the chocolate gently up and away from the cake pop as it’s starting to dry so that it forms little peaks.

Once you’ve made your way around the entire cake pop, you’ll be able to see the fuzzy effect you’ve created.  This is a great method to perfect, as I’m sure it will come in handy on many a cake pop design in the future.

You’ve seen it on Elmo and a Tennis ball.  Now, what other fuzzy cake pops should we try?!