Yay! I am so happy with how my first ever cake pops came out! They are favors for a co-workers baby shower tomorrow night. I think the final result is super cute and I must say, they are VERY yummy! (How can cake mixed with a can of frosting, dunked in chocolate NOT be yummy!) I thought I would share how I made them, for anyone else who would like to attempt this fun treat!!
First of all, you need ingredients for the “cake” part of the pops, which I did not show here. Go here for instructions on the basic pops, and then below is just the fun decorating part! We have…
- Yellow and Red Candy Melts (bee and lady bug bodies)
- Almond chips (wings)
- Mini chocolate kisses from the bulk candy section (spots on the lady bug body)
- Junior Mints (heads)
- Candy Eyeballs from the craft store
- Ignore the chocolate sprinkles I was going to use these for bee antennae but I never ended up using them. You can if you want!
For the packaging and presentation I used:
- Cellophane treat bags
- Mini baking cups decorated with flowers (to go with the bee/bug theme)
- Green ribbon for the finishing bow
While I was waiting for the cake to bake, I worked on the heads. Chocolate frosting (that is used in the basic cake pop mixture) was used as “glue” to put the eyes on the Junior Mint heads.
Do you get the feeling you’re being WATCHED?
Also while I was waiting, I piped the “antennae” using melted dark chocolate on wax paper.
I don’t use fancy frosting bags…I use ziplocks. Snip the corner and you’re good to go! Then throw away…and no clean up!
Making the POPS…
Now, I had to work very quickly and did not have the time to take pictures of the individual decorating steps. That chocolate dries FAST!!! Here are the completed bees. Basically, I dipped and twirled in the melted yellow chocolate and tapped it gently to get the excess off. Immediately insert the almond chip wings. I used my ziplock baggie to pipe on the bee stripes and then pressed a head on top, with a bit of pressure to secure it in place. Surprisingly the heads stayed in place and did not slide down!
For the lady bugs – same idea. After I dipped it, I pressed in the mini kisses (with the pointy side IN) to create the little dots. I stuck one of my chocolate antennae in there (gently!! they break easy!!) and then pressed the head in place. I went back and piped on a little chocolate line down the back to make the “wings” of the lady bug.
All wrapped up and in their cellophane baggies…aren’t they freakin’ adorable?!
I placed them in rows in my yellow enamel pan to carry them over to the shower…
They were fun but super time-consuming, and to be honest…kind of difficult! It’ll be worth it though because I know the gal I making them for will love them! Can’t wait for this weekend…I have the shower and then the Classic Car Cruise-In and Boy Scout Fundraiser at the co-op on Saturday! I am praying for sunny weather! Pix to come soon!!
Have a super FABULOUS weekend everyone!