Tuesday, February 8, 2011

CAKE POPS by Bakerella

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and it occurred to me that (1) some guys really like to cook and (2) some guys really want to impress their significant other, and (3) MANY guys need a Valentine's Day gift, and CAKE POPS is the answer for a bunch of those guys. And it turns out that they're not all that hard to make.

Seriously. If I can make them, anyone can.

All you need is the ability to bake a cake from a box mix and a tub of icing, plus some candy coating pieces from the craft store, and you can make cake balls. Add to that some popsicle sticks and the occasional sprinkle, and you can make cake pops. Like these:



See? If I can do it, so can you!

There are a host of shapes in the book, from owls to ghosts to space aliens. From cupcakes to baby ducks to cows. From mummies to robots to ice cream cones. An enterprising guy is sure to find the perfect confection, and - as I've already stated - it's not all that difficult to manage, whether you're looking to impress someone for Valentine's Day or some other occasion. And the resulting product - a cake covered in candy - turns out to be more delicious than either cake or candy alone.

Well . . . what are you waiting for?


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11 comments:

The1stdaughter said...

Wow. Ummm....well, what do they say, "It's not the cost (looks) of the gift that matter, it's the thought that counts." Bonus points for effort! :o)

tanita davis said...

I'm glad you posted this - though Tech Boy doesn't make things on sticks he does actually occasionally use fondant and such, and has been known to make the odd pirate cake. ;)

angeladegroot said...

They're yummy. I think I'm going to make some with my boys for V-day.

LinWash said...

A friend of mine has this book and has made dozens of cake pops. Highly recommended!

Jackie Parker said...

*I* think they are adorable! Go Kelly! I don't know that I'd be brave enough to tackle them!

aquafortis said...

Yeah...not sure if I'd be brave enough either, but I've already thought of someone who's going to love this book. Thanks!

Robyn said...

Excellent post. I love that you gave them a try and wonder how many people would have the courage to post their results that look quite a bit like yours. The food bloggers I know don't if they have this kind of honesty.

Kelly Fineman said...

I am semi-dismayed to find that some commenters think I ought to be embarrassed of the appearance of my cake pops. For a first effort, they were pretty spectacular, I thought. Ah well . . . I've got no problem with keepin' it real.

The cake pops taste rather like petit fours, by the by - candy-coated cakelets. NOM!

Jackie & Sarah: They were not exceedingly hard to do, and I daresay that with a bit more practice, they'd look more polished still. I was surprised that they weren't actually harder to make.

Tanita: Tech Boy should totally try things on sticks.

Jackie said...

Actually, my teens were just asking to have cooking instruction at the library. Maybe this would work...

kmessner said...

I loved this post. And may well attempt the cake pops some time, although given my attention issues, I'm sure mine will be much lumpier.

Kelly Fineman said...

Jackie: The good thing is, this is the sort of cooking that only requires a microwave, as long as you've already baked and cooled the cake, so it's a good one for a library project (unless you're kitted out with a kitchen).

Kate: The simple ball-shaped ones would probably work well. I'll have to try some this weekend!