I kept hearing about all the cake pops going around and decided to look that up. Seems it’s a simple process of baking a cake and mixing it with frosting to make balls or animal shapes. I thought I would try it and see what I could create from it. Flowers came to mind so I went for it.
I did use store bought cake mix and canned icing for these. Normally I wouldn’t do that if the icing was on top of the cake but thought it was OK for this. I’ve seen many versions of this recipe but this seems to be the most common (and simplest) way.
Take a box of cake mix and follow instructions and bake and let cool. Pick out the icing you would like to mix with the cake. I did one with chocolate cake and German chocolate icing (milk chocolate pops/Sunflowers), another one with strawberry cake and strawberry frosting (red chocolate pops/Red Dahlia) and a banana nut cake and cream cheese icing (yellow chocolate pops/White Daisy). When your cake has cooled crumble it into a bowl then take 1/2 a carton of your icing and mix it all together till you get your cake ball dough. Then just shape into balls or animals and pop in the freezer for a little bit. I found it was easier to insert the stick when the balls were a little colder. Take out, insert the stick and put back in the freezer for a little longer. Now you can decorate!!
I wanted to put something on the cake balls to look like the middle of a flower. I got some bags of chocolate Jimmies in milk chocolate, red and yellow chocolates. Now, not sure if it was just the brand or what, but the red and yellow Jimmies had a real waxy taste to them. Unfortunately I didn’t discover that until after I make all the flowers and tried one at home after I gave them to my parents. I had a lot of extra cake balls since I just needed a few of each color so I passed them out to the neighbors and such. Everyone loved them and couldn’t tell anything about that waxy taste. Might have just been me.
So, I made 6 of each kind of cake pops and got ready to put on the melted chocolate. I took red, yellow and milk chocolate and melted each one for 1 minute then stirred and microwaved for another 15-30 seconds till there were no solid pieces. I took my cake pops out of the freezer about 15 minutes earlier to make sure there wasn’t any ice on them but they were still chilled. Now, since they are cold, if you want to add sprinkles to your pops after you dip them in the chocolate you have to work fast. The coldness of the pop makes the chocolate harden pretty fast. I had my work station all set up with the melted chocolate, the sprinkles and my wax paper all in a row. Dip, scoop and pat the sprinkles on the ball and onto the wax paper. Since the chocolate sets fast there was so setting time for the chocolate to harden so I could put them right on the wax paper without any smearing. I continued to do that until I had all my cake balls covered. Then taking candy bags I wrapped each ball and did a twisty tie to keep them fresh.
To make the flowers petals I found some pictures using WORD (Insert>Clip Art>flowers) till I found the ones I like. I expanded them to get the right size then printed on card stock and spent a lot of time cutting them out. I used my fingers to curve the petals. If you don’t have access to WORD or a printer then just use some colored card stock and cut out your flowers. Since I needed to have the pops individually wrapped I made a cut from the outside to the middle and made a hole in the center. This allowed me to slip the base of the pop inside the flower then put a little tape underneath to keep the flower in a circle around the pop.
So now my cake pops are done and they look like flowers. I wanted to make an edible base to put these in so I melted some milk chocolate and mixed in some nuts and poured that into a 5×9 pan lined with clear wrap. When that hardened I pull it out of the pan and removed the clear wrap and put it on a platter with some wax paper. I took a skewer and poked holes in the block of chocolate to make it easier to insert the pop sticks. When they were all in the place where I wanted them I took more melted chocolate and glue the pop sticks in a little better. Then taking green food coloring and coconut I mixed those together in a Ziplock bag. I took some green melted chocolate and “frosted” the top of the base and sprinkled with the green tinted coconut. Just still needed something more…rocks!! I make some cookie dough candies my parents really like (recipe below) and started to melt my milk chocolates. I took a little white melted chocolate and swirled it over my melted milk chocolate so when I dipped the candies it would come out with streaks and look more like rocks.
And, of course, all that went into a clear bag with a ribbon. I found that little bee in Leavenworth, Washington in a cute little store a few weeks earlier and held it till this time to put with the Cake Pop Flowers. I tied a few extra pops with a ribbon that didn’t have the flower petals and brought those, too. Mama and Daddy are always having people drop in, they have such fantastic friends and neighbors, so I made some extras for them to give out. I made a card to go with this and the rest of the gifts and all was great…Happy 80th Birthday, Mama!!
Cookie Dough Candy
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- melting chocolates and sprinkles to your desire
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the flour, milk and vanilla; mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips and pecans. Shape into 1-in balls; place on waxed paper-line baking sheet or plate. Loosely cover with clear warp and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm.
Take your melting chocolates and melt then dip your candy balls in the chocolate and decorate as your wish.