Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter Basket Cake Pops

Easter Basket Cake Pops

Look what the Easter Bunny brought early… bite-size baskets filled with candy and cake, too.

Rips Licorice Belts

I used licorice belts for the basket handles. Just cut them into 1/4 inch strips that are about 3 1/2 inches long and set aside until you are ready to decorate.

If you cut them too long, they’ll droop on top of the pop.

Okay, now let’s shape the basket bases.

Baskets

Follow the directions for basic cake pops and then shape the cake and frosting mixture into basket bottoms. Take a look at this post on how I shaped cylinders, but basically I roll them into balls first and then shape by hand as much as possible. When the basket shape starts to form, you can slide it on a wax-paper covered surface to achieve distinct edges.

After you have them shaped, use a toothpick to make two indentions on the top of the base. This is to help the handles have a slightly deeper place to be inserted for stability.

Dip the cake pops into melted chocolate coating and then insert the handles before the coating sets. That’s probably the trickiest part of making these pops.

Easter Basket Cake Pops

But, it’s the rest of the decorating that’s the most fun.

Basket Cake Pop

First, draw an outline around the top of the basket with a toothpick dipped in melted candy wafers. Then sprinkle with white sanding sugar before the coating sets. Use a clean toothpick to straighten up any lines.

You can also use an alternating candy wafer color here to jazz them up even more. I went simple on the bases though, so the Easter eggs and grass would stand out.

Sweetarts Jelly Beans

The eggs are Sweetarts jelly beans. I like these because the colors are so vibrant.

Easter Eggs

Just dip the ends of the “eggs” in melted green candy wafers and attach to the center, top of the basket and let dry.

Green Candy Shred

Now for the grass. I love this Green Candy Shred from my product line with Make’n Mold.

It’s pretty perfect for Easter grass, but you can also use shredded coconut tinted in pastel colors for a thicker grass.

Making Baskets

With a toothpick dipped in coating, apply more melted green candy wafers on the top of the basket, around the eggs and in between the handles. Then gently press the green shred into the coating and let dry.

Easter Basket Cake Pops

And that’s it!

Now, I did have to stop myself from overdoing these. I thought the baskets might have needed something else, but maybe if the borders were in alternating colors that would be enough for me.

In the meantime, I put a bow on it … with some leftover bows from last weeks bunny cookie pops.

Bow Update: Just went into the kitchen after finishing this post and the bows on the handles aren’t a good idea. They’ll make the handles droop from their weight. Instead try attaching them to the front of the basket if you want to add them. : )

Easter Basket Cake Pops

Too cute. Enjoy!!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Bunny Cookie Pops

Easter Bunny Cookie Pops

I decorated some more oreos for you. Moreos. ; ) … I loved the letter cookie pops I posted last week so much that I couldn’t resist making cute cookie bunnies, too! They’re as easy as they are adorable.

Playful Shapes Candy Mold

Bunny Ears

I used my  Playful Shapes Mold to make the bunny ears and bow ties. It came in pretty handy for these little hoppers.

P.S. … take a look at these bunny cookies from Cake Pop Crazy on instagram using the mustache and eyeglasses shapes from the same mold … super cute!

You can also use the mold to make flower petals and I’ve seen them used by Stacey’s Cake Pops to make crazy cute turkey feathers, too.

Bunny Ears

But for bunnies, fill the center of the ear shapes with melted pink candy wafers and let dry. Then fill the rest of the mold cavity with melted white candy wafers. Tap the mold on the counter to even out the coating. Then, place the ears in the fridge for a few minutes to set quickly. Remove the shapes from the mold by pressing on the plastic and twisting the mold over a towel on the counter.

Make the molded shapes ahead so you can save time the day you want to decorate.

Keep in mind: You could also make your own ear shapes if you don’t have a mold. Just pipe melted candy coating on wax paper in the shape you need. If you want a pink center, pipe the pink first, let it dry and then pipe over and around it with white to finish the shape. Use a toothpick to help guide the coating if necessary. When you’re ready to use them, the fronts of the ears will be flat with a pink center… the backs of the ears will probably be a little lumpy though.

Oreso

Oreos

Separate the cookies and dip the end of a pink pop stick in melted candy wafers. Press the stick into the creme center and put the cookies back together. You can also add a little coating around the base of the stick to help keep it from falling off. Let the coating set before dipping.

Take a look at last week’s #YAY cookies to see how.

Oreo Cookie Pops

Dip the cookie completely in melted white candy wafers and let the excess fall off.

Dipping Bunny Cookies

Dip the bottom end of two pre-made ears in coating and position on top of the cookie. You’ll want to do one at a time and hold in place for a bit to keep it from falling off. Take your time. Trust me, I did have a few mess-ups before I got the balancing right. Place in a stand and let dry completely.

Bunny Pops

To decorate the faces, I just used a few things.

Candies

White M&M’s or candy gems for cheeks, pastel sunflower seeds for the pink noses, my DIY Sugar Eyes, and bows I made using the same Playful Shapes Mold.

Bunny Cookie

Use melted white coating to attach the individual candies. When it sets, the candies will be glued to the front of the cookie. Then just draw the eyes with a black edible ink pen.

You can find my Playful Shapes Mold, Pop Sticks, Candy Wafers and DIY Sugar Eyes at A.C. Moore Crafts or online directly from Make’n Mold.

But get creative and decorate them in different ways. Once you have ears in place, the front is pretty much a blank canvas. I can see heart sprinkle noses, confetti sprinkle eyes, mini marshmallow cheeks, and more.

Bunny Cookie Pops

Here’s “hopping” you enjoy these cookie cuties.

 

 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Easy Oreo Cookie Pops

YAY Cookie Pops

Here’s a quick and cute, no-bake way to say yay with cookies!
Or say anything else sweet for that matter. It’s a totally fun way to make someone eat their words, too.

Oreos

Just start with your favorite sandwich cookies.

Making Candy Letters

You’ll also need edible letters.

Use a letter candy mold and candy wafers in the color of your choice to make the words.

Fill the mold cavities with melted candy wafers and place the mold in the fridge for a few minutes to set quickly.

Gently twist the mold and/or press the back of the letters to help release them from the mold. Then turn the mold over on a dish towel on the counter so the don’t break when they release.

You can make them ahead of time and save them for when you need them.

Candy Letters

Arrange the letters to say short words like YUM… YAY… HEY… or BAE ; )

Set them aside and then get ready to dip.

Cookie Pops

Separate the cookies. Dip the end of a pop stick into melted candy wafers. Press gently into the creme center and then sandwich the cookies back together.

Let the coating set and when dry, dip the cookies into more melted candy wafers.

Dipping Oreos

I went with sky blue for these so the white letters would pop off the fronts.

sticks

Let the cookie pops dry completely in a cake pop stand or simply lay them flat on a wax paper-covered surface.

HEY Cookie Pops

Attach the candy letters to the front of the cookie pops with a dot of coating to use as glue.

Then say HEY and give them to someone to brighten their day.

Sweet!

Below are the Bakerella for Make’n Mold Items used in this post. You can find them at A.C. Moore Crafts or you can get them online directly from Make’n Mold at the following links.

Pop Sticks
Letters Candy Mold
Numbers Candy Mold (if you want the hashtag symbol)
Sky Blue Candy Wafers
Marshmallow White Candy Wafers

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Cocoa Cake Pops

Cocoa Cake Pops

I’d rather be thinking about spring-themed treats right about now, but man… Winter will not leave. So I made these adorable little mugs of not-so-hot cocoa. Hopefully we’ll be on to warmer weather soon, but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy these cold weather inspired cocoa cake pops. I love how cute they turned out!

Letters Candy Mold

I wanted perfectly-shaped handles for the mugs to help pull off the look, so I thought I could use my Letters Candy Mold to make them and I think they turned out pretty great. If you don’t have a candy mold that would work, you could also just pipe thick C shapes on to wax paper.

Candy Mold

To use the mold, fill the shapes with melted candy wafers using a toothpick or squeeze bottle. Place the mold in the fridge for a few minutes for the candy to set. To release the letters from the mold, give it a gentle twist and push on the plastic from the bottom of the shapes to help release the letters. Hold the mold over a towel so the letters won’t break as they fall out from the mold.

I used the letter C and also used D, G, O, Q by filling a curved portion of those letters to mimic the C.

Candy Letters

You can make the handles ahead of time and then just save them until you need them.

Shaping Cake Pops

Here are the basic cake pop instructions to get you started. Once you have them rolled into balls, continue shaping them by hand. Make an indentation on one end and then roll, rotate and slide the ball on wax paper to form a cylinder like above. The wax paper makes it much easier to shape and achieve defined edges.

Shaped

The indentation in the top of the cylinder shape will act as a well for the “cocoa”.

Cocoa Cake Pops

These pops are dipped in melted marshmallow white candy wafers first and then melted chocolate is placed in the well. If you made a perfect cylinder shape without a well and dipped the pops in coating, once you placed the chocolate coating on top for the cocoa it could look like it was sitting too high above the mug. But you can totally skip the whole indenting step if you want. They’ll still be cute.

Here’s how they are dipped and decorated.

Sipping Cake Pops

Dip the cylinder in the melted coating allowing the excess to fall off. Gently press a handle shape into the side of the pop and attach a red jumbo heart sprinkle on the front before the coating sets. Let dry completely and then fill the well with melted chocolate coating (Note: I mixed chocolate with vanilla to get a lighter, more cocoa-like shade of chocolate.) Use a toothpick to coerce the coating into a circular shape if needed. You can also gently tap the bottom of the pop stick on the counter to help settle and flatten out the coating.

Mini Marshmallows

But wait. We need teeny, tiny marshmallows for our cocoa.

Cocoa Cake Pop

Before the chocolate sets, place 3-5 into the coating.

Oh so cute!

Cocoa Cake Pops

Enjoy!!! Hope these warm your heart.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Everyday Brownies

Everyday Brownies

I was craving chocolate. Just chocolate. Okay … WAS is probably the wrong choice of words because I crave chocolate everyday.

Fudgy Brownies

And these easy Everyday Brownies from my friend Kamran’s new book Hand Made Baking were … p-e-r-f-e-c-t. < That was me singing btw.

So decadent and fudgy!

Brownie Ingredients

I love brownies because the ingredients are simple and you don’t have to mess with your mixer to make them. And truth be told, when I’m craving chocolate in a pinch, I will break out a brownie mix to quickly satisfy my craving. But these brownies. Oh my gosh, they are insanely chocolatey and totally worth making my craving wait an extra few minutes for their decadence.

Mixing

They call for dark brown sugar in addition to the white sugar. Sweet!

Chocolate

And the chocolate. Oh, the chocolate. Cocoa plus chunks of chopped dark chocolate get mixed in before baking.

Brownies

And in no time, you end up with these sinfully sweet squares to enjoy.

 

Everyday Brownies

1 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 1/3 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs, cold
3/4 cup all purpose flour
5 oz roughly chopped dark chocolate cacao (54-70 percent cacao)

  • Position rack in upper third of the oven.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper leaving an overhang on each side.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Mix in both sugars, the cocoa powder and salt with a silicone spatula or wooden spoon.
  • The mixture should be lukewarm before adding the eggs. If not, set aside to cool slightly. To test, a clean finger should be able to comfortable stay in the mixture without getting burned.
  • Vigorously stir in the vanilla and eggs. Once the batter appears shiny and the eggs are blended in well, add the flour and mix just until the flour has disappeared.
  • Briskly stir in the chopped chocolate and spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 38-43 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center emerges slightly moist with batter.
  • Allow brownies to cool in the pan placed on a wire rack. Life the parchment paper and transfer brownies to a cutting board and cut into 16 equal squares.

Recipe from Handmade Baking 2014, shared with permission from Chronicle Books.

 

Want more?

Here’s a little peek.

Handmade Baking

I started out wanting to make this Everyday Chocolate Cake.

I mean if I could take a bite out of a book, I would eat the heck out of that cover.

Handmade Baking

But, then I wanted to make these Chocolate Snickerdoodles.

Handmade Baking

And then these Heartbreak Chocolate Truffle Cookies were calling to me.

They’re still calling to me… Screaming!

Handmade Baking

But there’s lots of other non-chocolate yumminess inside too.

Check out Hand Made Baking sometime if you want to satisfy your sweet tooth… or visit Kamran’s Blog, The Sophisticated Gourmet for more goodies.

 

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