We have a friend whose daughter is turning 16 today, and I wanted to make something special to help her celebrate. The Baseball Cake Pops we served at little man's party were such a big hit, I wanted to try them again- this time with a little bit of a girly twist.
With a box of cake, some canned icing, cake pops, fondant flowers and shapes, a clearance priced tin vase I found at JoAnn's for $2, and a little styrofoam... we have a great gift!
Best of all, it wasn't too difficult at all! I have a few tricks to make your cake pops much easier. Read on to see how I did it!
First, bake your cake according to the directions on the box. I use a big pyrex dish to bake mine- you don't need to care how it looks- just that its completely cooked. Next, dump it into a food processor. Make sure your cake is cooled when you do this. I popped mine in when it was still hot- which made the cake really gooey. (Read on to see how to combat that... it is still salvageable).
Next, dump the cake crumbs into a bowl, and mix with 1/3 can of icing. You're looking for a consistency that easily rolls together to form balls. If your cake is a little dry, add more icing.
Roll the cake into quarter ized balls. If your cake is too moist, or you put too much icing in the mixture, it will be hard to roll into smooth balls and will clump all over your hands. Just let the mixture sit out a while to firm up- it will dry out pretty quickly and will be much easier to roll.
Next, you'll need to melt just a little of your candy melts and put it in a ziploc bag or piping bag. Snip a small tip off the corner, or use a very small diameter circle. Pipe a small ring around the candy stick- this is going to help support your cake pop and make sure it doesnt slide down the stick.
Next, melt more candy melts. Add some food coloring if you'd like. I prefer gel food coloring- Wilton's gel food colorings have brilliant colors and don't water down the consistency too much. Add a good pour of vegetable oil to the candy to make it run smoothly. If you don't add the oil, your candy will clump on the balls instead of making a smooth texture.
To cool you pops and let the candy set, stick them in styrofoam. After I coated all the pops, I cut some "16"'s, some hearts, and some flower shapes out of Wilton fondant sheets with my cricut cake and a software you can't buy any longer to use with a cricut (boo). These sheets are found in the baking section of your craft store. If you don't have a cricut cake, you can actually buy pre-cut sheets of fondant with some adorable shapes, and Wilton also sells fondant punches- like a hole puncher for fondant!
To "glue" your fondant onto the cake pops, use a little melted candy just like a dab of glue. Hold the fondant in place for just a few seconds, and it's set! Be careful when placing pops with fondant next to each other, as fondant dries to be hard and can become brittle. You don't want your beautiful shapes to break!
Arrange by placing in styrofoam. I used a white tin vase I found for $2 at JoAnn's- i think it looks great! If you can see the styrofoam through the pops, you could sprinkle some coconut down, or use a little tissue paper. I put a big bow and a card for her on the vase- can't wait to see how she likes it!