i managed to snag myself a sweet gig making 3 dozen cake pops for a baby shower, and i was excited to try my hand at doing them with a homemade cake vs. one from a box (or even from mushing up cupcakes from dots). using recipes from hershey, i baked up the deepest, darkest, chocolatiest chocolate cake i've ever made.
it only took about half of this mixture to put together all 36 cake pops. i debated between freezing the rest and making them to bring to book club - and i'm sure you can guess which won out.
i find that dipping the cake balls on sticks is much easier - you can dunk it once into the melted candy, do a little tap, tap, tap to let the extra goo fall off, and voila - pretty cake pops!
the shower was zebra-themed, and i was asked to use a hot pink drizzle on the white-coated pops and then individually bag them and tie with a color-coordinated ribbon. i think they turned out pretty cute, don't you?
this month's book club selection was that controversial "tiger mom" book, with our potluck gathering asian-themed. i already knew i was going to bring some food from the homeland (more on that later), and so i decided i'd asian-ize my cake pops to match. can you guess where i was headed with this (using a tutorial from my cake pops idol, bakerella)?
a quick dunk in white candy and a few accents, and now it's unmistakable:
i busted out my edible black marker to finish 'em off.
but i only had so much patience for all that assembly. so i melted some orange candy, dipped the rest of the balls in it, and tinted the rest of it with some black gel coloring. get it? get it? TIGER MOM??
i was pretty proud of my handiwork.
and i'm happy to report that they actually taste really good, too! i can't wait till i have another chance to make a batch of them.