Sunday, May 3, 2009

Mom & Pops

Flower Cake Pops

Mother’s Day is next Sunday, so I thought this was as good a time as any to experiment with some Flower Cake Pops. And, I had a bunch of leftover Bunny Candy Corn to get rid of, too. In addition to bunny ears, they make great pastel petals don’t you think.

Flower Parts

I’m going to pretend that all of you that made the bunny pops still have these handy, too. You’ll need 8-10 pieces for each flower.

Make your cake pops following the basic cake pop instructions, but instead of shaping the pops into balls, make them more oval-shaped with one end flat so you can glue the flower parts on. Also, if you don’t want to make the entire recipe into flowers, you can divide the baked cake into fourths and freeze the unwanted sections for later use. Yay!

12 cake pops = 1/4 9 X 13 cake
24 cake pops = 1/2 9 X13 cake
36 cake pops = 3/4 9 X 13 cake
48 cake pops = One 9 X 13 cake

Man… I’m good at math.

Make sure you divide the frosting appropriately also.

Dip the pops in the color candy melts you want for your base. I used white here because it blended in with the white part of the candy corn and camouflaged the gaps a little.

Once dipped, let the cake pops dry standing up in a styrofoam block.

When dry, dip the flat tops back in some of the melted candy coating. This will act as the glue. The coating should be starting to cool off so it takes less time to dry when you attach the pieces.

Now for the balancing act.

Lightly grip the cake pop in your left hand, so your thumb and forefinger can act as a ledge for the candy corn to rest on when you attach them to the top of the pop. If you can do this without letting your hands touch the sides of the cake pop… even better because your body heat can start to melt the sides if you’re not careful. It helps a little to let the lollipop stick rest on your leg if you are sitting down.

I know. I know. Sounds like a lot of work. But, I had come this far and they were for… you know… the person who gave birth to me.

Hold them in place long enough for the pieces to set/dry in place and not slide down the side of the pop… which will happen if you remove your hand too soon. Did I mention that this was an experiment? Anyway, when attached, place a tiny bit of candy coating in the center and attach the yellow candies to finish off the flower. Right about here, I realized how happy I was that I decided to only make a dozen of these.

Another method is instead of dipping the top of the pop in candy melts is to apply one petal at a time by dipping the bottom of the candy corn in some of the melted candy coating and then glue it to the top. Wait a minute. Did you get all that? Because I think my head is going to explode.

I wish I had a picture to show you all of this, but my hands were kinda busy.

Flower tops

It’s a good idea to get all your pieces ready before you start any glueing. The centers in this case were yellow mint candies from The Fresh Market. (But m&ms would work, too.) And, if you’re like most of the population, and don’t have extra bunny corn laying around, you can try using licorice pastels and licorice buttons or check out the nearest candy aisle and get creative.

Licorice Candy Flowers

These licorice candies give more of a wildflower look, but still pretty. I like them (also from the Fresh Market) because their shapes are a little more irregular. You can also get Good & Plenty brand licorice candies in this color pink. They are just a little bit fatter and more uniform in shape.

When all the flowers are made, you can arrange them in a small heavy basket or vase (The heavier, the better, so it doesn’t tip over) with at least 2-inch thick styrofoam in the bottom. Also if you decide to transport, keep the flowers from touching each other. The petals can be knocked off easily if they fall into each other.

Gosh, It sounds like I’ve given you plenty of reasons not to try these. Hopefully the finished product makes up for it.

And, don’t worry. I already have an easier flower design in mind for the future. One not influenced by left-over candy pieces : )

Here are some other Mother’s Day ideas:
Flower Cupcakes
Mom Tattoo Cupcake

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Deborah Bolig said...

I made some this weekend. They turned out ok, nothing as precise as yours. But my family liked them!

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April 19, 2010 11:16 AM
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Maggie said...

wow those are great! the licorice M&M ones look soo cute!

April 23, 2010 09:41 PM
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Bakergirl said...

OMG! I’m sooo making these for my mom this year!! She will love these!! I think I might have an easier way of doing this, how about dipping the cakepop in white chocolate? Because I searched every where for candy color coating and could not find it! Plus my mom is a huge chocolate fan! Thx! 80)

May 6, 2010 05:22 PM
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annie said...

this is one of my favorite cupcake recipes (makes them super moist). do you think it would work for cake pops?
Ingredients:
18.25-ounce box cake mix (French vanilla, devil’s food or yellow)
1 cup buttermilk, in place of the water called for on the box (the box will call for more water than the buttermilk you are using)
Vegetable oil (the amount on the box)
4 large eggs (in place of the number called for on the box)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

2. Follow the box instructions (with substitutions above), putting all the ingredients in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer

at low to medium speed until moistened, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to high and beat until thick, 2 minutes longer.

3. Spoon half of the batter into a zip-top bag. Snip a -inch corner from the bag and fill the paper liners 2/3 full. Bake until tops are golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the baking pans, place on a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

May 14, 2010 03:49 PM
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willie said...

You are so super cool

November 12, 2010 12:49 AM
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Zaara's Mummy said...

What a novel idea. Will steal of course! I write about children’s fashion. Drop by sometime. http://www.zaarascloset.com

November 28, 2010 02:42 PM
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Sarah said...

I always try to think up some cake pops that you haven’t made. I always fail.

December 20, 2010 12:54 PM
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tina said...

I really need a solution to this cracking, it is so frustrating. I have to make a large amount for an upcoming party and I am so stressed that they are gonna crack and I am going to end up having to double my work load….please any suggestions??

January 22, 2011 11:48 PM
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Aja said...

I just finished making these, and I love them! I found some bunny corn (I was very surprised because I live in Canada) and I used the green bunny corn for leaves, and wrapped the lollipop sticks in green floral tape. I couldn’t get the candy coating very smooth, so they don’t look as good as yours, but they’re still awesome! I made the cake balls into a cone shape so the part where the petals went was wider, which made it so much easier to assemble the flower.

March 15, 2011 11:14 PM
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Angelica said...

I will try these by mothers day thank you

March 18, 2011 03:26 PM
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Taylor said...

I am actually using these for a project at school. i was wondering if you had any more flower patterns because i am probably going to share this neat idea with a group of 3rd graders and I’m not sure if the boys are going to like the more “girly’ decorations, so it would be sooo incredibly awesome if you could come up with more “boy friendly” flowers for me.
I would appreciate it very much.
Don’t stop creating.

April 10, 2011 11:04 PM
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ashley nelson said...

Where else can u get the candy corn in pastels. I live in California and the fresh market store is out of state.

April 22, 2011 04:29 PM
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T said...

I was going to make something like this, but pipe colored candy-melts onto the pop or on to wax paper and then place it onto the pop.

April 29, 2011 10:00 PM
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carmen azanza said...

I would like to know anyone where i can get these colorful candy corn?

May 9, 2011 12:17 PM
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Vianca said...

Now we know who the sebnsile one is here. Great post!

May 11, 2011 10:51 AM
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Indali Benitez said...

Where can I find the colorful Candy Corns??? These are amazing!!!

July 9, 2011 08:27 PM
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Kristin said...

I hope you didn’t already answer this, but I’m having a really hard time getting my coating to melt and be nice and thin/runny. I use the Wilton candy melts and follow the directions on the back…I always end up having to add shortening. Any other suggestions or better melts that you would recommend??

September 15, 2011 01:21 AM
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CakePopLover said...

Luv Luv Luv

May 10, 2012 04:20 AM
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kim said...

Hi! I made these the other night and they came out beautifully. To make it easier to keep the candy corn on… after you dip them in the chocolate & tap them, put them pop side down on the wax paper to dry (I made a cute St. Paddy’s pot of gold this way). This will give them a flat top to work with… just dribble some chocolate on the flat top and assemble the candy corn. No balancing required :)
BTW I love your site & your book! You’ve inspired me to have fun making pops for my friends and family.

May 10, 2012 09:22 PM
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Susana said...

I live outside the USA:
Does candy corn comes in those colors? Where can I order it?
Congratulations! I just bought your book yesterday and can`t stop reading it!

July 8, 2012 09:54 AM
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Brianna said...

i love these they are so cute you always make the best of the best

February 13, 2013 09:33 AM
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Lexi said...

you are thhe most creative person with sweets i love your mom pops your recipes are so delicious and tasty

February 13, 2013 09:37 AM
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Amber said...

OMG how do u come up with these recipes(tot cool) i will make these all the time for my friends and family they are soooo cute i love them.Can’t wait to tell my friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 13, 2013 09:45 AM
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bec said...

that is too cute! perfect for mothers day, and instead of giving
her flowers and candy, you could make her these!!! :)

July 29, 2013 08:59 PM
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Lydia said...

I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 27, 2014 02:45 PM
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