Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Summer Sunshine Cake Pops
1 cake, baked and cooled
1-2 cups icing (I prefer cream cheese frosting)
2 bags Yellow Candy Melts
White Chocolate Chips
Orange Triangle Candies from Wilton Mix
Yellow Sanding Sugar (sprinkles)
Candy Buttons for eyes
Black FoodWriter Marker
Black Licorice Rope
Start by making your cake balls. If you've never made cake pops before, you may want to check out these links first:
How to Make Cake Pops
How Long Does It Take to Make Cake Pops
I'll give you the quick version here.
I prefer a tall mug, like this one, because it keeps you from wasting a lot of candy like a wide bowl does.
I microwave my Candy Melts for 3 minutes on power level 3, then stir, and usually I'm pretty close. I heat by 30 second intervals (power level 3) after that, stirring each time.
I usually only work with about 5-10 cake balls at a time, so that they don't get too warm while I'm working. And I've taken to putting an ice pack underneath the plate so they stay even that much cooler.
Keep the candy mug on top of a heating pad, set to medium. This way, the candy stays warm and you don't have to continually re-heat them. Eventually after so many re-heats, they tend to seize up on you.
The easiest way to finish your sunshine, is to use these little triangles to make the rays. Place them on immediately after tapping the stick. (You can buy them at the craft store in the Wilton aisle, or online here.)
The catch is that it takes 9-12 for each sun. I only made about 10 sunshines with these guys before I ran out of triangles. AND they tended to crack where the triangles were placed.
I think these are adorable, but not the most cost-effective way to go.
Again, you want to place these on the cake pop immediately after you tap off the excess candy.
Insert the stick into the styrofoam to let it set a little...
(I usually would do dip #1, and add chips to about 5 pops... then go through and do dip #2 for all 5.)
leftover royal icing dots, and colored on them with a black marker.
(I bought the candy buttons to use for the eyes, but I thought they looked a little crazy with colored eyes.)
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