Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Cake Pops

What exactly is a cake pop?

The tastiest pumpkin patch
A yummy forest of Christmas trees
Made famous by the incredible Bakerella, this delicious dessert is the perfect two-bite sweet treat. It combines the yumminess of frosted cake and a candy shell into one adorable package!

Farewell party cake pops
Not only is the flavor combination pretty addictive, but I love trying out new colors and designs to ramp up the cuteness quotient.

Cake pops made for a production of Adrift in Macao, in the color scheme of the show


Monster eyeballs for Halloween
30th birthday cake pops in the official party colors

We here at TSN have relied on cake pops countless times to spice up our parties - it's gotten to the point where our friends demand them at all of our social gatherings, and we are more than happy to oblige!

A box of New Year's Eve ball cake pops was the perfect hostess gift
Kisses for cake pops!
The truth is, cake pops are EXTREMELY time consuming (especially as your shapes and designs get more complex) but everyone's joy at eating them makes it all worth it. Here are my quick tips to get you started on your own cake pops:

- Bake a cake according to normal directions (any flavor will do!). Once it is completely cool, crumble the cake into a bowl.

- Mix a can of frosting (again, any flavor) in the cake crumbs. Most cake pop recipes call for only 3/4 of the can, but I am a frosting addict so I tend to like mine with a little extra.

- Here comes the messy part...hand roll the mixture into individual balls and store on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. To keep the sizes consistent, it can be helpful to use a cookie scooper to begin rolling each ball.

- Store the balls overnight in the refrigerator (in a pinch, a couple of hours in the freezer will do).

- Take candy melts (I like Wilton) and prepare according to the package. Quick tip: there are different colors and flavors throughout the year (a favorite of mine is Egg Nog during the holidays, which has a nice cinnamon kick), so make sure you stock up when you see an unusual one!

- Dip the tip of a lollipop stick into the chocolate, then stick it about midway through the cake ball. Quickly dip the ball into the melted chocolate, making sure that the entire surface is covered (otherwise, the candy will not seal and the cake will spill out of the candy coating).

- Now for the fun part...decorate with lots and lots of pretty sprinkles! I like to use a toothpick to help with the small detail work.

- Place each pop in a styrofoam block to dry, like this:



That's it! Once they are completely dry, you can bag them individually and make fun tags to coordinate with your theme:

Pumpkin faces
Season's greetings
Next, decide how you'd like to show them off them! For a party display, I like to either wrap a styrofoam block in pretty wrapping paper and add a sparkly ribbon (like in the Christmas photo above), or simply jazz up the block with some paint:

Can't go wrong with purple glitter!
You may also choose to put them in a dessert tiered display:

Monster eye cake pops and chocolate-dipped marshmallows on a Halloween dessert table

If you're taking them to a party, it's fun to package them in a themed gift box:



Champagne + cake pops = LOVE
In addition to being everyone's favorite party treat, cake pops are also a surefire way to impress your coworkers! I brought the pumpkin pops at the top of the page to my office and people are STILL asking me when I will make them again. M's office had a baking contest, and guess what won first place?

M's vanilla spice cake pops (recognize the display block?)
Presentation is key...glitzy cake pop tags, printed menus, food tents, display blocks, and hand-stamped napkins (get excited...a napkin post is coming your way soon!)
I hope you're ready to start whipping up some of your own cake pops - we'd love to see photos of your creations! Which batch from this bunch is your favorite? Are there any particular cake pop designs, flavors, or display decorations that you'd like us to tackle in a future post? 

xoxo
B

2 comments :

  1. I'm a huge fan of those Christmas trees!

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    1. Thanks, me too! I may try a new holiday design this year...

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