Did I mention I’m ambitious [Read: Crazy!]?
Why else would I think it was a good idea to attempt to make Cake Pops for the first time ever the night before BellaRoos’ Christmas party?
Now for those of you who don’t know what a Cake Pop is, I’ll wait while you get out from under your rock and scamper over to visit the oh-so-fabulous Bakerella
Cake mixed with icing, coated in candy, and popped on a stick? Sign me up! Sounds like some heavenly treat they serve at the Texas State Fair… well, except they aren’t deep fried… but hey there’s an idea!!!
I baked the cake the night before while I was painting the gold stars
The following night I was ready to get down to business.
I had just watched Bakerella on the Today show make up some adorable Cake Pops with Kathie Lee and Hoda (By the way, ‘Hoda’ she think she is? Does she have some claim to fame I don’t know about? I found both her and Kathie Lee to be super
annoying and, honestly, a little rude during the demonstration).
Anyways back to my crisis… After watching the segment I thought I had it down- crumble the cake into very fine crumbs and carefully tap, tap, tap the cake balls to remove any extra coating.
Or so I thought.
How hard could it be?
I’ve seen the pictures from Bakerella’s Cake Pop book tour… children are making these things!
Well, let me just tell you what I learned from my first experience making Cake Pops:
- Size Matters…Yes, they can be too big. I lost a few cake balls in my candy coating when they fell off the stick! I think next time I will use a cookie scoop.
- You’re Hot Then You’re Cold… or in this case you’re cold then you’re hot. If you take a cake pop straight out of the freezer and dip it in to the candy melts straight out of the microwave, the candy coating will set up really fast and not be very forgiving during the tap, tap, tap process!
- Stick With It… stick the pops in the freezer, stick the pops in the melts, but whatever you do purposefully stick the pops on the stick! Looking back I don’t think I took that step seriously enough, which probably led to my high number of cake pop casualties.
|Cake Pop Carnage
I also quickly discovered that this process is not very fake nail friendly. I’ve been scrubbing for two days and I think I still have enough cake particles under my nails to make at least one more cake ball.
|Kudos to BellaRoos for snapping this action shot on my iPhone
It was quite the learning experience, but I managed to pull it off! I chose to stick with my ornament theme and make red, round, cake pops. I then took a chocolate chip, turned it upside down, and stuck it point down into the top of the cake pop to make the top of the ornament. Looked a little like an apple, little like an ornament, but luckily I’m making these for a group of three and four year olds who probably don’t care what shape it is as long as it has sugar.
I hate to admit it but they looked a lot better after I put bags over their heads! Finished them off with some green ribbon and stuck them into the Styrofoam platform on the tray.
I’m excited about trying them again. Bakerella’s Cake Pop book is on my Christmas wish list, so hopefully Santa will bring it and I can read up on all the tips and tricks!