Lots and lots of Elmo’s

It has been a while, but finally guest baker Jen is back!  Jen’s little niece was turning 2 and she loves Elmo! We took on the challenge of Elmo Cake Pops and an Elmo Cake.  I must say we were quite adventurous taking on the Elmo cake Pops.  We had only ever made pops that were decorated with sprinkles, that was as fancy as it got.  Elmo, that was a whole other league, but we were up for the challenge!  As soon as I heard Elmo Pops were the goal I headed straight to Bakerella’s fabulous site, couldn’t think of a better place to look then the founder of Cake Pops!  Sure enough she had some Elmo’s. Ours did not turn out quite like Bakerella’s, but for our first attempt I think we did pretty darn good!

Elmo Cake Pops

Please see here on how to make the Cake Pop.

1. Dip Pop into red melting chocolate, making sure to tap excess off so they do not drip

2. White pop is still wet add eyes, we used pre-made eyes.  Could also use white candy with edible marker for pupils

3. Add Jelly Belly (or similar) for nose

4. Cut a brown or black melter in half for the mouth

(Good example of why you need to tap excess off – starting to drip)

5. Texturing (didn’t get a picture of this step)

Once the face has been assembled let the pop sit and dry.  You can leave them at this point (as they are still pretty cute) or add the “furry” texture.  This part is quite time-consuming.

Use a toothpick to dip into the chocolate and drizzle and dab the chocolate over the pop creating a textured look

Not bad for our first attempt at characters Pops! Only 34 more to go!

We also made an Elmo cake.  It was a cheater cake.  Jen found a cute Elmo cake pan, just bake and follow the outline

Lots of Elmo’s I hope she likes them 🙂

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Cupcake CakePops

I have become a little obsessed with Bakerella‘s Cake Pops!  She has taken the world by storm!  I have her book on order and will have it by the end of the week, I can’t wait.  Mine are nowhere near as good as hers, but it’s a start.

I have made a couple of batches of Cake Pops, balls of cake on sticks, dipped in chocolate and decorated, see here. This time I tried to make Bakerella’s Cupcake Bites.  These were really fun to make and a lot easier to store, you don’t need the styrofoam to hold them.

Cupcake Bites

Follow the recipe steps 1-6 from my previous post on Cake Pops.  You can use any flavour of cake and frosting.

Creating the Cupcake Base

To create the cupcake bottom effect you will need a chocolate mold.  You can find them at most craft, cake or hobby stores, they are only a few dollars.

1. ****Make sure your cake ball fits into the cup!  I had to redo a few of mine, made them too big.  I found the perfect size to be a packed, level tablespoon.****

2. Melt whatever colour you want the bottom of the cupcake to be and fill the cup almost half way

3. Press cake ball into mold, just until chocolate comes up the sides of the cup. Don’t press too far, you don’t want to see cake through the bottom

4. When tray is full put in the freezer for about 5 minutes to set the chocolate

5. Remove from freezer, tap bottom on counter a couple of times and turn over.  Cake bites should fall out.  If they don’t, push slightly on the bottoms

Tada!

Creating the Cupcake Top

6. At this time get out any decorations you want to add to your cupcake.  I used different coloured sprinkles and mini m&m’s

7. Melt chocolate for cupcake top.  Use what ever colour you like

8. Hold the cupcake by the bottom and dip into chocolate.  Try to cover the entire top section to have no cake showing

9. Gently shake off excess chocolate and decorate before chocolate has set

They turned out pretty good for my first attempt. I am no Bakerella!  I hope one day with practice I will be able to master the characters and creations as she does.  In the meantime, I hear they taste good, that’s good enough for me!

Cake Pops

Cake on a stick can it get any better?!  About a year ago I saw these on someones food blog and thought they were the coolest thing.  Over the past few months I have seen more and more pops popping up, so I started to do a little research on them.  Apparently started by Bakerella and are now a huge trend, everyone wants Pops! They are quite simple to make.

Ingredients

1 pkg make mix, any flavour you like

1 tub of icing, or equal amount of homemade, any flavour you like

melting chocolate wafers

toppings if you wish

Directions

1. Bake your cake according to box directions

2.  Let cake cool completely and crumble. I did both vanilla and chocolate

3.  Add icing and mix, I used my own homemade icing

Vanilla cake with vanilla icing

Half of the chocolate cake with chocolate icing

The other half of the chocolate cake with chocolate icing and I added some peanut butter

4. Mix

Eventually you need to get your hands in there to mix and press it all together.

5. Place in the freezer for about a half hour to firm up the cake

6. Remove from freezer and begin to roll into small balls.  I found that a table-spoon was the perfect size.

I also formed some into footballs and used a small heart-shaped cookie cutter.  The possibilities are endless…

Now its time to add the sticks

1. Melt some of the chocolate

2. Dip the end of the stick in the chocolate and push it a little past half way into the cake pop

3. place in the refrigerator for a few hours for them to firm up and set.  You can speed this process up by putting them in the freezer if you have room.

Decorating the Pops

This is the fun part, the possibilities are endless, whatever flavours you like give it a try.  Though this step is easy it is quite time-consuming.

1. Melt your chocolate, I use a double boiler as I always seem to burn it any other way.  But used what works for you

2.  Dip

3. Tap off the excess chocolate.  Quite a bit will come off and it will still be thick enough.

4.  If you are adding toppings now is the time, while the chocolate is till wet. I used things like chopped nuts, toffee bits, peanut butter chips, ground cookie crumbs and coconut.  You can also add candy or pipe on your decorations.  Use your creativity.

These were a huge success!  Next time I would be more creative in my decorating, but I think they were pretty good for my first try.  When I first tried one I was a little disappointed in the taste, I was expecting more.  But then when I thought about, it was cake and icing, you can’t really change the flavour of cake and icing.

I will definitely be making these again. I am looking forward to trying different flavour combinations and more creative decorating.

Thank you Bakerella!