Thursday, October 27, 2011

One-Eyed Monster Cake Pops for Halloween

I've finally ventured into the world of cake pops, although somewhat reluctantly. Bakerella is the queen of the cake pop, and after seeing her mind-blowing creations, I quickly realized that I would never be able to achieve that level of perfection and shouldn't even try.

Then I made an ugly mess of a whole pile of completely edible chocolate cupcakes, and couldn't bear to eat them all in one sitting or throw them out. So, I added a bit of vanilla frosting, rolled them into balls, and popped them in the freezer for my first attempt at cake pops.

Now what to do with them?

Halloween is quickly approaching, so I went with a one-eyed monster kind of pop. To say these are a bit rough is an understatement, but that's what makes them so authentically monstrous, right? Right?

Anyways, I dipped each pop in coloured candy melts (I used Wilton's gel colours to get this teal) and then let dry. For texture, some of them were sprinkled with Skor pieces, dried, and then re-dipped to give a bumpy appearance.

For the rest, I either dipped the pops for a smooth finish, or drizzled the melted candy overtop with a spoon. For the eyes, I dipped half of a white candy wafer into some of the teal-coloured candy melts and then painted the iris on with black food colouring. I also made mouths using the same method, but would recommend a different medium, as black food colouring has a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

There are loads of bloggers out there with tips and tricks for making cake pops, but my favourites were from Needful Things, The Crafty Penguin, and The Kitchn. I bought the candy sticks, food colouring and candy wafers from Bulk Barn.

I found the following tips the most useful:
- Melt the candy coating in a double boiler, and add a tiny bit of vegetable shortening to make the consistency more runny. This makes it much easier to coat the pop without it falling off the stick.
- Dip the candy stick in a bit of chocolate before sticking it into the cake ball - this helps it stay put when dipping.
- I pierced holes with a skewer into a piece of styrofoam to make a homemade cake pop stand, but a colander with large holes would also work. This is a great way to let the pops dry.

So, if you your kids are looking for something super-easy and fun to make this Halloween, give these a go. It's pretty spooky how quickly they disappear!

Happy Halloween!


Cait said...

So amazing! You're inspiring me to become a baker! Do you suppose Steve will buy me the KitchenAid mixer?!

dlb said...

Thanks Cait! You could totally sell him on the mixer with all the awesome homemade bread and pizza you guys can make! :)