Monday, February 8, 2016

Elephant Cake Pop Valentines

Valentine Cake Pops

I’m sending you guys tons of love with these sweet little elephant cake pops. Hope you like them. They were inspired by those charming vintage Valentine’s Day Cards where the elephants hold up hearts with their trunks. Anyway, I couldn’t resist trying them out in cake pop form.

Cake Crumbs

To get started you need cake. Well, crumbs to be exact. Hop on over to my instructions for making Basic Cake Pops if you haven’t made them before. Once they are rolled into balls for dipping you can get down to the fun stuff … decorating.

Cake Balls

For the trunks, I just used cashews. They worked out pretty awesome!!!

For the ears… and I wanted these to look big and floppy … I originally thought I would use pretzels, but that didn’t go so well for me, so I ended up just using the same candy wafers that I use for dipping.

Instead of melting them, just carve out curves from the side of the wafers using a small round cutter. I used the big end of a piping tip that I had handy. Having the curved side will make it easier to attach by matching the curved shape against the side of the round cake pop. See below.

Making Elephant Ears

Okay … dipping prep. Usually I just insert a cake pop stick into melted coating and then into a chilled cake ball right before dipping. And that little pool of coating at the base in the top left photo just blends all together.

But for these elephants, I’m attaching several pieces before they get dipped so that pool of candy needs to be smoothed out or else it will dry and become part of the shape of the head. Just use your finger and quickly smooth it around the base of the pop. This also helps to secure the stick since you’re not dipping right away.

Next, dip the cut and curved edge of a candy wafer into the melted candy coating and attach to the top and side of the ball with the rounded part of the wafer facing front. Take another cut wafer and attach to the bottom right with the flat side facing front. Smooth out any coating where the wafers are attached to the cake pop so when you finally dip, the transition will be smooth. Repeat with the left side.

Now grab a cashew and position at the bottom front of the pop. Press in gently to make an indentation. Then, dip the fat end of the cashew in melted coating and attach to the pop. Again, smooth out any overflowing melted candy. Note that in the bottom right photo, I was making the indentation here. The cashew had not been dipping in coating yet.

Okay, after the pieces are all attached, place the pop back in the fridge to chill again before dipping. If the pop gets to room temperature, it will fall apart when you dip the pops.

Dipping Elephant Cake Pops

But not if they are chilled. I love to see how things start to take shape when the coating is added. You’d never know all that messiness from building the structure was underneath.

Once all the elephants are dipped, let them dry completely before you really bring them to life.

You can use the melted candy as glue to attach the decorations to the elephant.

Heart Candies

Here are the hearts for them to hold. They’re nice and big.

Bakerella Candy Wafers

I also wanted them to have sweet little bows on one side so I used my Playful Shapes Candy Mold and Party Pink Candy Wafers. Because they’re totally girl elephants.

Candy

They also have sweet cheeks made using pink confetti sprinkles.

And these girls have their party hats on … They’re made with baby tear candy shapes. I just used some kitchen scissors to cut the ends off so they would attach to the shape of the head more efficiently. To cover up the rough edge or gap where the party hat is attached, just use some melted candy to apply around the base.

Want to see…

Elephant Cake Pops

Totally cute, right.

The candies are all attached using melted candy coating applied with a toothpick.
The eyes and mouth are drawn on using a black edible writing pen.
And the trunk and hat details are just more melted candy drawn on using a toothpick.

Okay, I know these have a lot going on, but I wanted to show you a bunch of eleph-fun options all at once.

Keep in mind…

You can just have them holding hearts…

or only give them bows…

or have them party ready…

And … you can absolutely make them just dipped with eyes and a mouth and they’ll be super cute, too. It’s up to you.

Circus Elephant Cake Pops

And if you want to make these fun for something other than February 14th, poke a hole in the center of a mini candy wrapper and slide it underneath the pop for a fun collar. A polka-dot wrapper would be totally adorable. And instead of a red heart, try a Sixlet candies – they make the perfect little balls.

Tons of Love Cake Pops

But since we’re in the mood for love this week, share a ton of it with these treat tags.

Tons of Love Treat Tags

You can download them right here to print out and punch out with a 1 7/8 paper punch.

Elephant Cake Pops

Don’t forget to have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

36 Valentine’s Day Treat Ideas

Looking for something sweet to make on the fourteenth? Check out the links below to some of my past posts for fun Valentine’s Day ideas. I think there’s a little something for everyone… from super cute treats to easy chocolate sweets. Hope you enjoy!

LOVE Cake Pops

1. Mini Cake Pops Display

Tinier than tiny cake pops to spell out L O V E and X O, too!

Assorted Box of Cake

2. Box of chocolates cake

This box of chocolates is all cake… okay not the wrappers ; )

Chocolate Truffles

3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles

These are a super easy no-bake treat.

One of my all-time favorites!

Big Love

5. Big Love Butterscotch Cookie

Use pink M&M’s to say it all on this giant chocolate covered cookie heart.

Fourteen Layer Cake

6. Fourteen Layer Cake

This cake will delight anyone you serve it too.

Meringue Kisses

7. Meringue Kisses

 

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8. Cha Cha Chocolates

Make your own mini candy bars with these candy wrapper templates.

Cheesecake Pops

9. Cheesecake Pops

 

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10. Red Velvet Cake

 

Cookie Stands

11. Sugar Cookie Dessert Stands

The tiniest sugar cookies shaped like desserts will delight.

Puppy Love Mini Cupcakes

12. Puppy Love Mini Cupcakes

So cute with heart candy noses, bow ties and ears.

Whale Cookie Valentine Treats

13. Whale Cute Sugar Cookies

Get the template to make these treat bag toppers.

S'mores Brownies

14. S’mores Brownies

 

Strawberry Cake Pops

15. Strawberry Cake Pops

 

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16. Valentine Bear Cake Pops

 

Candy Cupcake Toppers

17. Sweet Shape Candy Cupcake Toppers

Get my Sweet Shapes candy mold here.

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18. Cookie Molds

Make intricate designs look easy with fondant and heart-shaped cookie molds.

Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites

19. Itty-Bitty Brownie Bites

 

Kit Kat Cream Cheese Brownies

20. Kit Kat Cream Cheese Brownies

 

Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

21. Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

 

Salted Caramel Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

22. Melty Salted Caramel Hazelnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies

 

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23. Cupid’s Arrow Red Velvet Cupcakes

 

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars

24. Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars

 

Mocha Brownie Milkshakes

25. Brownie Mocha Milkshakes

 

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26. Vintage Valentine Cookies

 

Peanut Butter Cup Cake

27. Peanut Butter Cup Cake

An all-time favorite of mine. I think you’ll love it, too.

Give Someone A Big Kiss

28. Oreo Kisses

 

S'mores Cupcakes

29. S’mores Cupcakes

 

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30. Big Kiss Cake Pops

Give someone a big kiss with these cute cake pops.

Fire & Ice Cupcakes

31. Fire and Ice Cupcakes

 

Cocoa Cake Pops

32. Cocoa Cake Pops

 

Doodle and Daydreams Cake

33. Doodles and Daydreams Cake

Use this as inspiration and draw sweet nothings with a black edible ink pen.

Present Cake Pops

34. Give Love Cake Pops

 

35. Cookie Kisses

Tags and templates to make the cutest Kisses cookies.

Groundhog Cupcakes

36. Gopher Cupcakes

So these were really made for Groundhog Day but I can’t stand how cute they turned out and hope someone makes them for Valentine’s Day, too.

Just create little tags and attach to toothpicks for toppers that say… “I Gopher You!”

Hugs and kisses and I h you have a sweet and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Happy Cake Pops Day!

Today is National Cake Pops Day! YAY! But, I’m going with International Cake Pops Day because we can’t limit all the sweetness from these tiny treats to just one nation, right. I’ve seen so many truly spectacular designs from all over the globe and it makes me so happy to see how creative you guys get.

Here’s the first post I made about these cupcake pops back on February 1st, 2008. Wow… how can eight years have gone by so fast. Let’s just say that I had no idea then how much people would fall in love with them. And here’s a post from a few years ago and some of the impact cake pops have made. It’s been a crazy adventure. Thanks for joining me and making your own cake pop adventures, too!

Big hugs!!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Oreo Cookie Rolls

I made some pretty sweet buns to nibble on. They’re made just like cinnamon rolls but without the cinnamon swirled inside.

That’s because these are stuffed with Double Stuf Oreo cookies instead.

The rolled dough is covered in melted butter, cocoa, granulated sugar, brown sugar and crumbled Oreo cookies.

Spread everything out evenly so you’ll have deliciousness in every section you slice.

Use a sharp knife to cut even sections. The rolled dough yields enough for 18 rolls. And, if you use disposable square aluminum pans, then you’ll easily have one pan to enjoy and one pan to give away. That is if you’re feeling generous.

Before baking, allow the dough to rise again and then pop them in the oven for about 15 minutes at 375 degrees fahrenheit.

Ooooh yes and yum!

Yum yummier!

The rolls get covered in a cream cheese icing and then sprinkled with more cookie pieces and cookie crumbs.

Makes every bite just right!

I made these Oreo Rolls using my Basic Cinnamon Roll Recipe and just switched up a couple of things:

Filling: Instead of cinnamon, sprinkle 2 tablespoons cocoa powder and 10 chopped Oreo cookies on the rolled dough.
Icing: Follow the instructions for the cream cheese icing variation and then sprinkle more cookie pieces and crumbs on top… about 4.

Note: The Oreo flavor in these could have been stronger. I think I would sprinkle a few more cookie pieces on top instead of crumbs.

Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Cookie Kisses

How cute are these chocolate sugar cookies. I mean … totally adorable for a Valentine’s Day treat don’t you think?!

You can use this sugar cookie recipe and directions for the dough. Just swap out 1/2 cup cocoa for 1/2 cup of the flour and then use all vanilla extract and you’re good to go.

These are the cookie cutters I used. I love how many different sizes the candy shape comes in. And now that I’m done baking and photographing, they are proving hard to find on a google search. Go figure. So here are a couple of options for you if you want to make them, too.

1. Just cut out triangle shapes from your cookie dough and pipe royal icing to create the iconic shape.
or
2. You can use a template to cut out your shapes from the cookie dough. Here’s a pdf that you can use to scale to the size you want.

Once baked, these little morsels are good enough to eat all by themselves or you can decorate them with royal icing.

Here’s the royal icing recipe I used. Just halve the ingredients … using all vanilla extract and chocolate brown icing color to tint.

Outline the cookies with a thicker icing consistency using a #2 decorating tip.

Then add a little water until the royal icing consistency is more fluid and you can easily fill in the shapes using a small squeeze bottle.

For bigger shaped cookies, I just spooned a small amount in the center and used a toothpick to coerce the icing and cover the cookie. Easy!

Now, let these little guys dry completely. That means overnight to make sure.

Because now, they’re getting all wrapped up for treating someone special.

Kisses to You!

To package these cuties, you can use 4×4 inch square foil candy wrappers to cover the cookies. Foil candy wrappers are a great alternative to regular aluminum foil because the foil wrappers are super thin. Then just tuck a sweet saying inside.

Here’s a pdf for you that contains:

Kisses to you” and “Hugs & Kisses” sayings that you can cut into strips.
And there’s a bonus label, too … you know … if you want to package them in treat bags instead of wrapping them up.

In the pic below, just tuck two cookies in the bottom of a 6 X 3.75 inch treat bag with a foil candy wrapper placed behind them. Trim the top of bag as needed to reduce the height and then fold the label over attaching to the front and back of the treat bag with double-sided tape.

xoxo … and enjoy!

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