cake pop bouquets

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cake pop bouquets in mason jars!

Similar to cupcakes, cake pops recently had their 15 minutes of fame. And for good reason. Not only are they preciously cute and dainty but they are also a perfect bite of dessert. I think that arranging cake pop bouquets in mason jars or other small vases is the only way to present these beauties.

Despite how much I love cake pops and presenting them at any event, I continuously vow to never make them again each time I do. They are fairly time consuming and tedious but I have finally gotten them down to an art. I either cut off the top of my cakes to create a flat layer and use the extra to make a few cake pops or use my cake pop pan (one of the more brilliant baking inventions in my opinion) if I am only making cake pops.

Make sure you have a chunk of time, an apron and pull your hair back when making these, as I generally end up with candy coating all over!

ingredients

  • cake of choice (I used the tops of white and red-velvet cakes)
  • cream-cheese frosting softened
  • candy sticks or fun paper straws
  • candy coating (I used “Vanilla Almond Bark” as it is the only candy coating I can find locally)
  • sprinkles

instructions

  1.  Place your cake of choice into a medium to large bowl. No need to be pretty here.
  2. Scoop a large spoonful of frosting into the bowl. Start small and slowly add frosting mixing until mixture forms a large ball. Generally your hands work best for this as it is quite sticky.
  3. Wash your hands. Using a tablespoon or simply eye-ball it, scoop out a large tablespoon size ball of the dough/frosting mixture.
  4. Roll ball until smooth and shaped into a cake pop sized ball.
  5. Place onto a prepared pan with freezer/wax paper. Continue making cake pops out of the dough/frosting mixture.
  6. Once finished, place pan into freezer for ~5 minutes.
  7. While your cake pops are hardening, melt candy coating. (I find the easiest way is to use a glass bowl and melt in the microwave for easier cleanup).
  8. Once the candy coating is melted, take cake pops out of the freezer.
  9. Individually dip candy sticks into candy coating ~1 cm and place into top of each cake pop.
  10. Again freeze cake pops with candy sticks for ~5 minutes or until hard again.
  11. Individually dip cake pops into candy coating. Gently tap sticks against side of bowl to remove excess coating and until smooth.
  12. When almost dry and the candy coating is losing the glassy appearance, sprinkle candy coating with sprinkles, chocolate, candy coating drizzle, etc.
  13. Place upright to dry. A cardboard box cut with a knife works well to hold the sticks.
  14. Once completely dry, place cake pops into a mason jar or other jar to display!
the top of two 9x13" cakes cut off

the top of two 9×13″ cakes cut off

cake pops ready to go into the freezer

red-velvet and white cake pops ready to go into the freezer

placing candy sticks into cake pops

placing candy sticks into cake pops

ready to be dipped!

ready to be dipped!

gentle tap cake pops held vertically against bowl

gentle tap cake pops held vertically against bowl

sprinkle cake pops over another bowl to avoid mixing sprinkles into candy coating

sprinkle cake pops over another bowl to avoid mixing sprinkles into candy coating

a "cheerio" box works well to hold while drying

a “cheerio” box works well to hold while drying

pretty cake pop bouquets ready for a party!

pretty cake pop bouquets ready for a party!

Cake pops are slightly tedious but such a crowd pleaser at any party. They are a perfect bit-sized dessert and kids absolutely adore them! Another fun twist is to use patterned paper straws instead of candy sticks. They just add to the fun of cake pops!

taylor brass

brass blossom

One comment

  1. Cute! Cute! Bet they are yummy.
    TT=TalentedTaylor
    What next my love???!!!!
    You are a gastronomic genius
    Love you

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