Monday, June 27, 2011

My favorite cake pop stand maker announced a t-shirt giveaway and it is too cute for words!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My Favorite Thing to Bake!

Cake Pops!

Here's what you need:
1 cake mix, bakes
3/4 container frosting
Lollipop sticks (50 should be plenty)
Candy coating (I use Wilton)
Styrofoam block
Candy for decorating with

Here's what you do:
Bake the cake
Crumble the cake into small pieces (should be almost grainy)
Mix in 2/3 to 3/4 container of frosting, stir well
Using hands, roll into 1-1.5 inch balls
Put balls into refrigerator
Melt candy coating according to directions
Take out 3 balls from the fridge at a time (once you practice, you can do more)
Stick a stick .5 inch into the candy coating and insert into ball (about half way)
Stick cakepop into styrofoam block
Repeat with other 2 cake balls
Take first cake pop and dip into candy melt
Tap cakepop gently against bowl or (holding pop) tap your wrist
Decorate (either before it dries or using a toothpick with some candy melt)

Don't give up if it doesn't work out right away! It took me a little practice before they stopped falling off into the candy melt!

These were the first cake pops I made. They aren't perfect, but neither are most pumpkins, right? :) My daughter, Kate, decorated the one with eyebrows closest to her. The green 'tops' are m&m's, the faces are drawn with a black gel writer.
I made somewhere around 85 of these cake pops. In the first picture you can see how primitive my technique was. The photo on the right shows the progress I made!
When I ran out of one the caramel candy corns, I used these s'mores flavored ones. The heads are chocolate covered almonds, the noses are chocolate covered sunflower seeds, the mouths are giant heart sprinkles, legs are pretzel rods.
These trees were shaped by hand before being dipped. The stars are giant sprinkles, the 'lights' are sprinkles.
I made these for my husband's 30th birthday. We were playing poker for his party so I did a theme! I made the poker chips by pouring the melted candy into the bottom of a mini muffin tin (genius, right?!) They look exactly like the poker chips we had and my kids kept wanting to eat the actual poker chips!