These Baby Block Cake Pops are just too sweet. How Sweet you ask? Sweet enough to help surprise my internet friend Jessica of How Sweet Eats with for her very yummy virtual baby shower. There’s going to be a ton of yum happening today so check out these other friends’ food posts, too and get it on the fun.
To make baby blocks, follow my basic instructions for making cake pops.
Then shape them into squares before dipping. For shaping, I roll into balls first to help ensure that I get the right amount. If I start shaping as I go, I tend to get all different sizes. But by rolling first, I can count out how many I need and also re-proportion any that are a little too small or too big by pinching off or adding dough and then re-rolling. I made these slightly bigger than my normal round pops to make sure the letter shapes would fit on the flat surface, so the dough will yield fewer pops.
To make the blocks, take a cake ball and start shaping it into a rounded square by rotating and pressing with your fingers using both hands. Then pinch a bit of the dough out on all 8 corners to a form a sharper point. It will look a little wonky at first, but then take your shape and slide it on a piece of wax paper on the counter, pressing down slightly as you do. Rotate and repeat with each side. Continue shaping until all four sides are smooth with defined edges.
Since Jessica loves sparkly and neon, I decided to go bold and bright on the blocks instead of paler pastels. I think she’ll heart them.
But if you want them to be light pink for instance, just melt and mix in white candy wafers to create lighter colors. Easy!
To decorate the blocks, dip in melted white candy wafers first and let dry. When dry, melt a second color to highlight the edges with.
You can decorate these as much or little as you like. You can pipe and outline just the fronts of the blocks or outline each edge. I didn’t pipe the melted wafers on though because I have a harder time controlling the coating that way. I like to just use a toothpick to draw it on instead.
Draw the coating one edge at a time and then sprinkle white sanding sugar on top before it dries. Repeat with each edge until they are outlined and sparkly. The other great thing about using toothpicks and sanding sugar is that the sugar will create a barrier and allow you to gently straighten up any lines with your toothpick and without messing up the melted coating. SO helpful!
Now for the letters! Oh, baby… too cute!
I used the letter candy mold in my new line for these and it worked out great. But if you are good at piping, you can totally just pipe A B C letters on the blocks, too. To use a candy mold, fill cavities with melted candy wafers and tap the mold on the counter gently to settle the melted coating into the cavities. Then place the mold in the refrigerator for a few minutes to help set and dry quickly. To remove pieces, gently twist the mold or press from the back gently to help remove the letters and you’re ready to go.
To attach the letters, just add a few dots of melted white candy coating to the backs and “glue” them on. I just did letters on one side.
If you create these for a friend’s shower, have a little fun with the letters and make unexpected words.
For instance, I don’t think we should stop at just A B C for Jessica?
NO… I don’t think so.
Add an O and N and now we’re getting somewhere… spelling the important things in life. Jessica would agree.
Place them in a stand to serve and display …
or you can wrap them in treat bags for fun baby shower favors, too.
Now, if you don’t know Jessica yet, then you are totally missing out on some amazing food, photos and fun over on her blog.
And don’t forget to check out what else everyone made to help celebrate!
>> Here’s the links to all the other How Sweet Eats Virtual Baby Shower Posts. <<
Also, below are the Bakerella for Make’n Mold products I used to make these cake pops.
You can find them all in stores at A.C. Moore Crafts right now. And, if there’s not a location in your area, you can also order online from Make’n Mold.