Summer in our family really means just one thing... baseball.
I'm still working out the kinks on the little ballplayer heads, so I will do a complete tutorial on those guys some time soon.
For now, the baseballs...
Any Cake, baked and cooled
1-2 cups Cream Cheese Frosting
White Candy Melts
Red Candy Melts
Mini Squeeze Bottle
Decorating Tip #1
If you've never made cake pops before, I recommend checking out my complete How to Make Cake Pops Tutorial. You may also want to read the post on just How Long It Really Takes to Make Cake Pops.
Remember, here is where you let the cake balls sit for at least 3 hours in the refrigerator or overnight. If you're in a real rush, you can put them in the freezer for 30 minutes, then move them to the fridge, but the best way to keep them together and not cracking or falling off of the stick is to refrigerate them three hours or more.
Place the mug of melted candy on a heating pad set to medium. This helps keep the candy from seizing while you work.
*Note: I also recommend, to keep these really round, don't put the stick in as you see above, stabbing it on the plate. Hold the ball in your hand, or it the top part will tend to flatten out as you stab that lollipop stick into it. (I just can't take a picture while doing that, so this is what you see.)
Place the stick in a piece of styrofoam to allow the candy to set.
To make the laces:
Melt red Candy Melts in a Mini Squeeze Bottle or a Disposable Decorating Bag. (The links will take you to Amazon.com where you can buy them.)
Now, I'm not going to lie. This was not easy for me, and I was nervous after the basketball cake pop debacle. BUT... the nice thing about the baseballs is that you make the laces over this first line, so if it breaks, or gets gloppy or whatever, you can cover it up more easily than on the basketballs.
The problem with these squeeze bottles is that they're not really made to be used with the coupler rings, so they don't fit perfectly, and if you squeeze too hard, the whole tip can plop off right on top of your cake pop. That is very disappointing!
See, I'd planned to make baseball bats to go with the balls, but when they turned out a little too flesh-toned, I had to change my plan... and those baseball players were a last-minute addition.
(PS- I'm not an Oakland fan. In this case, the "A" stands for "Awesome." At least that's what the kids' coach claims.)
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