Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spring Time = Cake Pop Time!

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!



3 comments:

  1. Awesome Possum. Hope your Girl Guides enjoy them. Make (almost) wish I was a leader again. LOL!

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  2. ***that should read "Makes me (almost) wish I was a leader again" Sheesh....helps if I proof read first

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  3. cool blog
    love the amazing cupcakes they have neat designs


    -marth

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