Spring has been desperately trying to force it's way into my neighborhood lately. You would never know if you looked at a weather forecast, but the sun has managed to poke through at least once a day, the past two days, and with it, my energy is increasing! You won't find me running marathons, but I have been accomplishing more in my evenings. I even tackled cake pops again!
You'll recall I last made cake pops over a year ago. They were cute. They were also a ton of work.
When bf got me Bakerella's book for Christmas, I was genuinely excited to try them again. For a little while anyway. Then, work and life and all-around-being-lazy-with-my-free-time set in. For the past three months, I've flipped through the book, awed by the cool creations, yet daunted by the work.
Until this week.
With a little help from bf, I whipped up a partial batch of Cupcake Bites (think Cake Pop, without the stick) for my Girl Guides. You can find Bakerella's directions here.
Not bad for only my second try, if I do say so myself!
I wanted a Girl Guide theme, so I used blue and white M&M's with sprinkle stems to make a trefoil.
I made a special one for bf. Can you find it?
He deserved a thank you kiss for his epic cake-baking skills. Funny, he also picked up this jar of icing for me...
Some of Bakerella's tips that really helped this time around:
- Make a small batch. It's manageable and more fun. BF made 2 batches of cake mix, so I had an extra-thick cake. I used 3/8 of the cake and made 18 bites. Mine were on the slightly large side, so you can estimate 1/4 cake = 12 bites/pops.
- Use cake mix and pre-made icing. I NEVER use store-bought mixes, but it was just downright easier.
- Use lots of candy melts. Last time, I didn't have enough and I had trouble dipping. You can always save extra and reuse later.
- Wash and dry your hands often while rolling the balls. They stay together nicer.
- Have everything set out before you start. Isn't this the golden rule in the kitchen? It's necessary for cake pops/bites. Once the candy is melted, you want to dip. Once you dip, it dries fast. Your M&M's and sprinkles have to go on right away or the candy will be hard.
One day later... only one little guy left! YUM!