CAKE POPS

A friend of mine introduced me to a wonderful thing…the cake pop pan…It is an “as seen on T.V.” product that you can pick up at various stores such as Walmart or Michaels. It makes cake pops a whole lot easier to make but there are some tricks that will help your cake pops look better when you use this pan. I will share them with you below. In honor of the last game for our U5 (under 5) soccer player in our family, I decided to make the team some soccer cake pops. My first problem was the hexagons. I was not about to cut a thousand fondant hexagons by hand, no way! So I used an old cookie cutter that I would probably never use again (a dinosaur cutter, because my youngest is too old for them now, or so he says, sniff sniff). Anyway, I just cut it with some garden sheers, and shaped it the best I could. So here is how they turned out…
soccer cake pops

Soccer cake pops in pot with banner

Soccer cake pops in pot with banner

So, some helpful tips when making the cake pops, and using the cake pop pan. Always follow the cake pop pan directions, which involves more eggs, using milk instead of water, and half the amount, and adding one box of cake mix that matches the flavor of your boxed cake mix. The cake pop pan will leave a little cake ring around you cake pops, making it look like a flying saucer. That’s great if you are going for the outer space look, not so much if you are not. So while they are still warm I use some kitchen scissors and cut it off, you can use a serrated knife too. This I did not do for my poor snowmen, they needed a trim around the middle.

Close up of the cute Snowman cake pops

Close up of the cute Snowman cake pops

Snowman Cake pops

Snowman Cake pops

Next, always use a dollop of candy melts on the stick before you stick it into the cake pop. I actually first stick the cake pop with a clean stick to make a hole, then dip the stick in candy melt, and re-stick it in, so that more candy melt gets into the center to hold the cake pop on better, rather than it making a glob on the bottom of the cake pop.

Random Cake pops

Random Cake pops

Next, be sure to put them in the freezer before you dip the entire cake pop. It will help to keep it on the stick and also to keep the crumb out of your candy melt, which ruins the finished look.

Gobble Gobble!

Gobble Gobble!

Also, if you can, after the first dip dries, you can re-dip for more a smoother finish. When you use the candy melts, be sure not to over heat in the microwave, because it will burn. Be sure to tap the excess chocolate off by gently tapping the stick on your finger. Turn while you tap. Rather than stick the hexagons on while all the candy melts were still wet for the soccer balls, I just used a stick and put a dab of candy melt on the back of the hexagons and applied. If you did it when they were too wet they may slide around. Also, use a piece of styrofoam to stick the sticks in so the tops stay nice and round and so you can continue to get the rest done.

We made these as a fundraiser for Relay for Life, and sold out!

We made these as a fundraiser for Relay for Life, and sold out!

Why do I love cake pops so much? Less mess when your kids eat them, and portion control is a plus, not to mention you can make them look so different. Have fun with them!
One more…

Cake pops and marshmallow candy corn

Cake pops and marshmallow candy corn

Some people have been pinning my baseball cake pops, so I thought I would add them here…
Baseball cake pops
I just used the candy melts and red candy melts in a pastry bag with a small round tip to make the red laces. You definitely need to use some styrofoam and keep them upright though so they can dry nicely.

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