Cake Pop Stand

When I was first making cake pops, I think I was sticking them into styrofoam that came in packaging. It worked ok, but wasn’t the best.

My crafty husband made me a holder for the pops, and it works great! I don’t use it for display, just for the decorating process.

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He took an old piece of shelving, and drilled 1/8″ holes in them, spaced about 2 inches apart. It’s a little beat up now, but it’s definitely done its job. When I’m done with it, it slides in behind my desk for storage.

How to make Dora the Explorer Cake Pops (and stars!)

One of my very good friends had a daughter who just turned 3, and her birthday party was on Saturday.  It was a Dora theme, and I was asked if I would be able to make some Dora the Explorer cake pops.  I never have before, but I thought that I could try.  I was also really excited to try out some shaped ones (I tried maple leaves for Canada Day last year, and they were an epic fail… the cookie cutter was too large.  Will try again this year…).  Here’s how they turned out:

Dora Cake Pops

Step 1: form your cake balls.  Dora’s head is not round, so make a ball, and then squash it a little to make it egg-shaped.  The stars were made by using a small cookie cutter, and they are probably as thick as what the cutter was.  From here on out, I focused on the stars.  Dora was made using peanut butter candy melts, and I wanted to get the peanut-free pops made first.

Star Cake Pop

Step 2: after inserting the stick, I used a spoon to coat the pop in purple chocolate.  Make sure to tap off any extra chocolate.

Star Cake Pops

They look so good!

Star Cake Pops

Step 3: After the chocolate has hardened, trace a line around the star using more melted chocolate.  I used a toothpick.  If I happened to be doing any more than a few (I made 6), I would have either put the chocolate into my squirt bottle or into a piping bag.  You want to do this very quickly, and while the chocolate is still soft sprinkle on a coordinating colour of sugar.

Star Cake Pops

Step 4: Next, draw the face.  White chocolate first for the eyes, then regular light chocolate for the pupils, lines around the eyes and mouth.  Note, the mouth is kind of like a sideways y, not a normal smiley face.  Now… onto Dora!

Dora Cake Pops

Step 5: I used peanut butter candy melts to coat the entire pop.  My first time using them, and they are super yummy.  If there are allergies, you may be able to find some that are the right colour and are just chocolate, or your could experiment by mixing light chocolate with white chocolate.

Dora Cake Pops

Step 6: I used a small paint brush to paint on her hair.  Right now, the look I’ve accomplished is Dora’s balding uncle.

Dora the Explorer Cake Pops

Step 7: Finish the hair and add the face.  Dora’s mouth is similar to that of the stars.  However, I was making her from memory, and I realized while at the party that I should have made her eyes quite a bit bigger.  At least I know for next time!

Dora the Explorer Cake Pops

And there you have them!  One of my Dora’s kind of ended up looking like Princess Leia, which is already making the wheels turn in my head…

Dora the Explorer Cake Pops

Hope you had a great birthday, Jada!  (Note… I did not make the cake… I have no expertise at all with fondant.)

Ninja Turtles Revisited

I had another order for more Ninja Turtle Pops this weekend.  The order was just for a dozen, so I decided to try my cake pop pan again, and it worked beautifully this time!

Ninja Turtke Cake Pop

Here’s what I did a little bit different from the time before to get a better shape:

I filled each section of the pan up completely.  In fact, there was probably a little bit of spillage.  After they cooked and cooled, I removed the part that stuck out, and then ran my hands all around them to make them an even ball.

The only difference I found was because these are all cake, and not cake with frosting like the regular cake pops, it took a lot more chocolate to evenly coat them… or at least, it seemed to.  Anyway, they were a huge hit again.  Hope you enjoyed them, Mav!  Happy birthday!

How to Make Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cake Pops

The kitchen has been pretty busy this week.  First with the Hello Kitty cake pops, and then the TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) pops this weekend.  It was fun.  It brought me back to when my brother and I used to play with the action figures (we even had Michelangelo’s Pizza Thrower!!!).  I really don’t know if the Turtles today are the same ones that I grew up with, but the pops that I went for were those ones.  I also used this as an opportunity to use a birthday gift that I received from my brother and his wife: this cake pop pan.

Cake Pop Pan

After washing it, and spraying it with a non-stick spray, I began filling the cups with cake batter.

Batter

And then I locked the lid in place.

Cake pop pan

And cooked the pops for about 12 minutes, maybe 1 or 2 minutes more.  The packaging said that they would be uniform, but that I may need to snip off a ridge with a pair of scissors.  They did not turn out perfectly round.  I decided to leave the ridge, and incorporate that as the bandana (bad decision.  Will definitely cut it off next time.).

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I think that they’d make great aliens… but definitely not uniformly round.  Anyway, the next thing to do, it to paint on a stripe around the head… make some orange (Michelangelo), red (Raphael), blue (Leonardo), and purple (Donatello).  I used a toothpick.

Ninja Turtle Cake Pops

After painting the stripe around, I made little ties for their bandanas.

Ninja Turtle Cake Pops

Next, using some white chocolate, add some eyes (again, I used a toothpick for painting).

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Finally, using chocolate (I didn’t have black… I’m not sure it’s available around here) and a toothpick, I added pupils and a smile.

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Your friendly Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are all set to party!!!

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Finally… after singing “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, heroes in a half shell, turtle power!” all morning, and snapping pictures, my little kitchen helper was saying “me, too, Mommy, me too!”  So he got to sample one… and get his picture taken.

Kitchen Helper

Hello Kitty Cake Pops

Hello Kitty has been popular since the new year at our house.  A few weeks ago, I made a cake for a friend’s daughter.  Last week, I was asked to make cake pops for a friend’s niece.  She also asked me to make some Ninja Turtle cake pops for her grandson’s birthday this weekend, so be sure to check for that in a few days!

For starters… Hello Kitty doesn’t have a round head, so you need to make a ball, and then flatten it, to give her a more oval shape.  Just be careful not to flatten it too much, because you still need to insert the stick.

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Next, I attached white chocolate chips as ears with a little bit of the melting chocolate before I dipped them.

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Then I dipped the pops in white melting chocolate.

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For the bow, you could paint on a red bow with red melting chocolate.  However, because it’s close to Valentine’s Day, there are a lot of heart sprinkles around.  So I used to red heart sprinkles and one mini red M&M to make the bow, attached to the head with a little bit of melting chocolate.

Hello Kitty Cake Pop

For the face, I used a little bit of yellow melting chocolate for the nose.  You could use a yellow candy-coated sunflower seed, but I have a hard time finding them around here.  For the whiskers and eyes, I just used dark chocolate.  Which I tried to dye with food colouring, but turned into a gross clump of chocolate that needed to be promptly disposed of.

Hello Kitty Cake Pops

And there they are, all set to go to a birthday party!  Definitely an easy cake pop to do, not a lot of tricky details to add to it.

Mario and Luigi Cakepops

A friend of mine recently asked me to make some cakepops for her grandson’s 8th birthday.  Here’s the process!

Start with a plain cake pop:

Next, what you’ll do is attach nose and ears to the pop using melted chocolate.  I used cake, and it worked ok, but next time I’ll use a mini m&m for the nose, and half of one for each ear to make them more uniform.

Dip them in chocolate, I used white chocolate mixed with a little bit of yellow and red food colouring to make it a peachy colour.  I then let them sit over night to harden.

After that, I cut red and green chocolate melts in half.  Using a little bit of the red chocolate, I stuck the half melt in to use as the brim of the hat.

Using a paint brush, I painted the top of the head with the red chocolate to make the hat.

I did both hats in red in green, then put a little white dot on the hat.  I then added a L or an M to the hat.

Here’s how the faces turned out:

And of course Mario needs Luigi:

I hope Cobey enjoys them, and that you did too!

Wedding Cake Pop Adventures

Wedding Cake Pops

These are probably the best ones that I have ever done.  They were made with white cake and chocolate cake, and were dipped mostly in white chocolate and a combination of dark/milk chocolate (I like about half and half, not too rich and not too sweet).  There are a few dipped in purple chocolate.  They’re decorated with purple sprinkles/jimmies, purple coarse sugar, and purple chocolate.  And now time for a disclaimer…

Beware of bulk chocolate.  I should have known when I scooped them out of the bin.  Old chocolate will not melt nicely.  It gets all lumpy, and it’s hard to dip.  It worked fine for putting into a squeeze bottle and drizzling over the top, but to dip… not so much.  Next time I’m using colours like this I will fork out the extra and get the packages from the craft store, at least you’re guaranteed to have quality chocolate.  The white and regular chocolate always works excellent for me, as well as the other colours that are in season.

And just a word on the decorations, the coarse sugar on the chocolate looked amazingly good.  It’s my new favourite decoration!

Cake Pops

  • cake
  • frosting
  • sticks
  • moulding chocolate (it hardens much better than melted chocolate chips)
  • decorations, if desired

Directions:

  1. Cook your cake and crumble it with your hands.  You can use any cake, from scratch, from a box, doesn’t matter.  Crumble it as much as you can.  You may need to take out any parts that have browned and hardened, but you’ll be able to tell by the feel.
  2. Mix in some frosting.  Start with a few spoonfuls, and add gradually until the consistency allows you to roll a ball, and the shape holds.  Pick a frosting that complements your cake.  I had made some boiled icing for my mother’s birthday, and it was a delicious addition to my ball this week!
  3. Chill your balls in the fridge for at least 30 mins.
  4. Take a stick, and dip it about 1/2″ in the melted chocolate, then insert the stick into the ball.
  5. Return the cake balls with the sticks into the fridge for 5-10 mins for the chocolate to harden.
  6. Dip the balls into your melted chocolate, using a spoon to help you completely coat them.  You will need to tap the stick against the edge of your bowl to get rid of any excess chocolate.
  7. Insert your completed pop upright into a styrofoam block, or anything that will allow them to remain upright.  You can put them stick up on wax paper, but it will give you a flat top.
  8. Decorate immediately before the chocolate hardens, unless you are using another coulour to squiggle over top, then you will let this coat harden.
  9. Enjoy!

I used to have trouble with pops falling off my sticks, but with the addition of step #5, they’ve been perfect every time.  Always allow yourself a few extra just in case something happens… or you have a more than willing helper who likes to sample.