Friday, May 6, 2011

Flower Cake Pops

Sunday is Mother's Day.

In honor of a few special Mama's I know, I made cake pops. If you've never heard of them before, you will now. These ingenious little treats are the brainchild of Bakerella. The flower idea I got from Bridget over at Bake at 350.

I've seen these cake pops making their way around the internet for a few years now; I've also noticed them recently popping up in a popular coffee house chain. Heck, I've even picked up Bakerella's how-to book a few times when I visited the book store, but they kept missing my 'need-to-make-these-like-yesterday' radar until I was looking for fun treat my daughter and I could make together. 

Well slap me silly for waiting so long and call me Crazy. I am in love. These pops have two of the three most important factors to earn the BB's stamp of approval: easy and delicious. I guess you could also classify them as authentic. The third most important factor. 

Be sure to treat your Mama real good this Mother's Day. Buy her something that she has had her eye on for awhile or something she wouldn't buy for herself and take her out for a delicious meal. Be sure to wear clean underwear, tuck in your shirt, and comb your hair.

She'll be so proud you've listened.

Happy Mother's Day to all you Yummy Mummies out there. You are beautiful. You are one of a kind. You are loved.

Recipe adapted from Bakerella

1 box of cake mix
1 tub frosting (or you can use your own) in the SAME flavor as cake mix
Assorted colors of candy melting wafers. We used orange, purple, and pink.
Lollipop sticks

Bake cake according to box. Once cooled, score cake into a few pieces.

Pulverize it until it looks like small pebbles.

Add about ¾ of the frosting from the tub and mix well. I made my own frosting and used ¾ cup.

Mix well and form balls.

Freeze balls for 15 minutes ONLY! This is important that they are not cold when dipping into the candy coating! If they are too cold, they WILL crack upon cooling!

Getting ahead of myself, but once they dried, this was the result from cold cake balls and warm candy coating.

Melt wafers in a heat-safe container deep enough to coat entire ball in one shot.

* I apologize, but my camera went a bit wonky at this point for some reason, so the many of the photos came out VERY blurry. However, the show must go on....

Dip lollipop stick into candy about an inch before inserting into the cake ball. This will help secure the stick and ball a bit more. Dip in candy and pull straight, allowing excess coating to drip off. Do not swirl around in coating or you will loosen the ball from the stick! Add sprinkles at this time if desired.

Place coated balls into a piece of styrofoam and allow to cool. Once cooled, you can wrap individually in cellophane or leave as is. They do not need to be refrigerated after they have been dipped.

Yield: About 40-50 cake pops

Happy Baking!

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