After staring wistfully at the Bakerella website and her fabulous cake pops, Misty & I finally got the nerve up to try to make them ourselves.
The occasion would be Easter. Partly because we couldn’t take it anymore and partly because the sheep, bunnies and chicks were so adorable it almost pained us to look at them. Misty would be attending a family dinner and I had a small affair with Ron, my girls and my parents on the horizon. We would make 100 cake pops!
The basic cake pop recipe yields 50 pops and we wanted a variety of flavors so I whipped up a chocolate cake and Misty chose French vanilla. After baking and cooling the 9 x 13 cake according to the package directions, the cake is crumbled into a large bowl and mixed with one tub of store-bought cream cheese frosting. Then you get into it with your hands and roll the balls, or ovals for the sheep and bunnies. I realized upon reflection that using my cookie scoop would have been a good idea but they turned out okay despite closely resembling doggie turds (especially given the dark brown of the chocolate!).
It took quite a bit of effort to round up all the various candies and sprinkles that would be needed to turn these balls of cake into ridiculously cute edible critters. I procured the last supply Friday at lunch and we converged at Misty’s house that night to make the magic happen.
We started with the sheep and quickly realized they were really difficult! This was definitely a two-man woman job. I have no idea how Bakerella was able to make these on her own. Our first sheep received a smooth coat of candy but it dried too fast and Misty was unable to get the sugar pearls (the wool) to attach to the body. That one had the mange. The results were much better if I dipped and she poured the sugar pearls onto the body as I gently twirled it.
We managed to get only 9 or 10 sheep out of the one container of white sugar pearls. Oh well – they were really tough to make anyway. So we moved onto the simpler bunnies.
My fingernails were too long to pick up the tiny candy hearts (noses) so I was the ‘Dipper’ and Misty was the ‘Decorator’. We combined the ideas for the cottontail bunnies with the bunnies that sport pastel candy corn ears. We love the little mini marshmallow tails.
The chicks were easier still. (Or else I just got better at dipping.)
By the time the clock showed Misty’s bedtime of 11:00 pm, we had knocked out about 70 cake pops with 2 lost in the dipping bowl. I took the rest of the naked cake home to make some pops with the little girls at a later date.
I am so proud of our cake pops!
Go to Bakerella’s site and try making some of her imaginative pops yourself.