*Snap* *Crackle* *POPS*
Remember I said I wasn’t one to give up easily?
Obviously I am far from a professional cake pop-er like Bakerella so I thought you all would appreciate seeing my dipping… ahem… mishap… from first time.
I am happy to report that take two was better than the first run. *whew* Second generation survived the dipping process. I think they had better health insurance? LOL. Or maybe it was because I actually read the instructions more closely and realized I had forgotten a crucial step (dip the lollipop stick into chocolate before inserting into cake pop). Doh! *smacks head*
After making the cupcake pops, I decided to be a little more adventurous and attempt the Hello Kitty pops too. Don’t get me wrong. Hello Kitty is cute (who could resist that little red bow?) but I was more of a frog fan when I was younger. *wink*
Oh who am I kidding? I still heart Sanrio.
Hello Kitty and Kerokerokerropi POPS!
Recipe adapted from Bakerella
Makes about 40 cupcake pops
1-13X9 baked cake (I used Betty Crocker Chocolate Cake mix)
1 can cream cheese frosting
1 package green candy melts
1 package white candy melts (set aside some disks for eyes)
black food safe marker
garnish (round sprinkles, M&M, jumbo heart sprinkles, white chocolate chips)
[NOTES: I used Mercken brand candy melts. Even though you might have extra candy melts left over, I like to melt more than less. Makes dipping easier.]
Bake a 9×13 cake from a mix or from scratch and cool completely.
Crumble cake into a fine consistency into a large bowl. To make it easy, you can run it through a food processor. Add a can of cream cheese frosting. Blend thoroughly.
Prepare a wax paper lined baking sheet. Roll cake mixture into 1.25-1.5″ size balls and lay on baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for several hours. (You can also freeze for about 15 minutes if you are short on time.)
[NOTES: I used my digital scale and weighed each cake ball at about 1.0 oz]
Remove cake balls from refrigerator and begin to mold into oval shape. (I use my thumb and index has a guide.) Set on a wax paper covered cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining balls. Cover and return to refrigerator overnight. (You can also freeze for 5-10 minutes.)
Melt white and green candy melts per package instructions in large bowls. (Melt as needed b/c it hardens the longer it sits.) Remove the oval cake balls from freezer and prepare another wax paper covered cookie sheet. Dip end of lollipop stick into the melted chocolate before inserting into chocolate bottoms. Insert the lollipop sticks. Continue with rest of the pops.
[NOTES: Don’t skip dipping your lollipop stick into chocolate before inserting into cake ball. You don’t want my “mishap” to happen to you!]
I used a long cup to dip. Made it much easier than a bowl for me. Make sure it’s a microwave safe cup though. You might have to nuke the candy melt again mid-dipping.
Let chocolate set completely, about 15-20 minutes.
To make Hello Kitty:
Attach 2 white chocolate chips to the top of cake pop for “ears”. Let set upright in a styrofoam block. Dip the cake pop into melted white candy melt. Rotate and let excess chocolate drip off. Let set. Attach 2 jumbo hearts and red M&M for bow and yellow circle sprinkle for nose with a little melted candy melt. Let set. To create the eyes and whiskers, draw freehand with food safe marker.
To make Kerokerokeroppi:
Make eyes out of reserved white candy melt disks and food safe marker. Dip the cake pop into melted green candy melt. Rotate and let excess chocolate drip off. Let set upright in a styrofoam block. Attach eyes and pink circle sprinkle (for cheeks) with a little melted candy melt. Let set. Draw mouth with food safe marker.
[NOTES: My food safe marker wasn’t working so I used a (food dedicated) paintbrush and Ateco black food gel.]
To complete the presentation, cover the cupcake pops in a little plastic bag and tie with a ribbon.
Husband rating: A
He was impressed with how much they looked like the characters but insisted that I should have used red velvet instead of chocolate cake. Sheesh.
Wifey rating: A+
I think my Hello Kitty and Keroppi pops turned out pretty darn cute. Next time I’ll probably splurge on the mini red M&Ms for the bow but the regular was a good substitution too.
Other rating: A+
My CW told me that her daughters ADORED the Hello Kitty pops and didn’t want to eat them. Eventually they did and loved the cake+frosting+chocolate combination. And I *think* I heard myself say I’d make 80 pops for her daughter’s birthday next month… eek!!