Valentine and Housewarming Cake Pops!

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Valentines Day and Housewarming Cake Pops

I was asked to make some cake pops by an acquaintance, and I happily said yes! She was looking for me to make her ones for Valentine’s Day and for some to give as a housewarming gift. We both looked online to see what might be best and she chose owl and cupcake Valentine cake pops and a mix of houses and purple ball cake pops for the housewarming gift. I set to work and this is what I came up with! These were so fun to make, I really just want to make more cake pops!! Unfortunately, I did not take pictures through my cake pop making process, but I’ll include a list of items needed for each type. I made a mix of vanilla cake pops and cookies and cream cake pops, using a box mix and store bought icing to mix it with. If you’d like to see how I make the cake for the cake pops, take a look here! For all of the cake pops I used my Oxo small cookie scoop to make sure they all used about the same amount of the cake/icing mixture. You will also need the sticks, bags, and ribbon to package all of the pops.

Owl Cake Pops
Owls

For the owls you will need:
*Red, white, and pink candy melts
*Chocolate chips to make the ears
*White sprinkles and a food writer to make the eyes (or the eye sprinkles that they sell)
*Orange sprinkles for the nose
*Pink and white hearts for the wings
*Star sprinkles for the feet
*Flower sprinkles for the bow

Cupcake Cake Pops
Cupcakes

For the cupcakes you will need:
*Red, white, and pink candy melts
*Valentine colored sprinkles
*Small hearts and round red balls to put on top

Housewarming Cake Pops
Houses

For the houses you will need:
*White and black candy melts
*Food writer for the windows, door, and grass (I like the Americolor writers)
*Flower sprinkles

Purple Cake Pops
Purple ball

For the cake pops you will need:
*Purple candy melts
*White sprinkles

I now have cake pop fever and am pinning tons of cake pop creations that I want to try!

Happy cake pop making!
Heather

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting

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Cookies and Cream Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream

My husband and I had family over for a BBQ this weekend and I needed to make some camera cake pops for my friend, Beryl, so I decided to make Cookies and Cream Cupcakes and Cake Pops. My husband loves them…and I do, too! I decided to use a box mix, but made a few changes using a picture I pinned on Pinterest. (Unfortunately, I’m unable to link to the pin- it is just a picture and doesn’t include the directions for baking the cake!) The pin said that by making a few changes to the box recipe, your cake will taste like homemade.

I bought a Butter Recipe Yellow Cake and, following the suggestions on the pin, I added one more egg to the batter, used milk (I used vanilla flavored coconut milk) instead of water, and since this was already a butter recipe, I didn’t have to change out oil for butter. However, if you use a box mix that calls for oil, switch it out for butter and the directions say to use twice as much butter as the amount of oil the box calls for. I wasn’t sure what would happen with the cupcakes, but was hoping for the best when the batter turned out very thick.

Mixed batter

At this point, I folded in crushed Oreos.

With Oreos

I made 12 cupcakes with the batter and used the rest to make a cake in my 8 x 8 pan to use for the cake pops.

Cupcakes before Oven

I put both in the oven- the cupcakes were done after about 18 minutes and the cake took about 25 minutes.

Baked

While the cupcakes were cooling I used the same recipe for the frosting as I used in my Oreo Cupcakes post, which comes from Lil’ Luna’s website. This super easy Marshmallow Buttercream calls for 4 ingredients and takes all of 5 minutes to make (if that).

To make the frosting you will need:

1 cup butter at room temperature (I ALWAYS forget to take the butter out early enough so I have found that putting it in the microwave for approximately 30 seconds, then 10 second intervals until my finger will leave an indentation works well)
1 7oz jar of marshmallow fluff
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

First, mix the butter and sugar using the mixer until they are creamy. Then, stir in the marshmallow fluff and vanilla by hand. Put the frosting in your piping bag and pipe onto your completely cooled cupcakes! If you try to frost them before they cool, it is likely the frosting will melt- give them at least 30 minutes to cool and I have found putting them on a cooling rack really helps.

After you have piped on the frosting, add some cookie crumbles to the top of the cupcake!
Up Close Cupcake

Enjoy your delicious cupcake!
Cupcake with Packages

I did find that making the few changes to the box recipe did make the cupcakes taste better- everyone LOVED the cupcakes at the BBQ! From what I could tell from my taste-tests, the cake pops were quite delicious as well, although they were a little harder to mold. I either mixed in too much frosting, or the cream from the Oreo cookies made the consistency a little moister. I’m pretty sure that even though they were not up to my standards of perfection in the molding department, the flavor was excellent!

Baking love,
Heather

Gluten-Free Cake Pops

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Finished Cake Pops

Tomorrow I am taking a photography class from my friend, Beryl. Like I mentioned in a previous post, she asked me to make a little something for the participants coming to the class. We settled on the camera cake pops and I decided to make them gluten-free so she could also enjoy in the deliciousness. To make the cake, I used the same recipe as I used for the Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes. The recipe for the cake can be found at food.com.

To begin, I gathered all my ingredients. I started by mixing my dry ingredients in the stand mixer.

Dry Ingredients

After the ingredients were mixed well, I added all the wet ingredients one by one, using a spatula to push down any batter stuck to the sides of the bowl.

Wet Ingredients

Then, I poured all the ingredients in my pan that I had prepared by spraying with cooking spray and powdering with gluten-free flour. The cake was in the oven for about 33 minutes, until it came out looking like this:
Finished Cake

I let the cake cool, then followed my normal cake pop procedures! First, I broke up the cake.
Broken Up Cake

Then, I used a gluten-free frosting to mix with the pieces- I only put in about half of the container, since this cake was a bit smaller than what I usually make, and ended up adding about a third of what was left to the mix to make it the right consistency.
Frosting Container

Cake with Frosting

Frosting Jar

I mixed everything up…
Dough Mix

Then molded the batter into cameras!
Cameras on Pan

I put the cameras in the freezer to set and set up my decorating area while I was waiting.
Table Prep

After about 15 minutes, I pulled the cameras out of the freezer and got to work- first with the sticks, then completing the rest of the camera!

Cake Pops with Sticks

Camera Cake Pops

I did find that the consistency of the cake was a bit different than the cake mixes that I normally use and had a tendency to fall apart when I was trying to tap off the excess chocolate. I had a few casualties so, to remedy the situation, I put the cake pops back in the freezer and they were much easier to handle. In the end, I have plenty of super cute camera cake pops for the participants!

Finished Pops

Baking love,
Heather

Creating Cake Pops

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Pink Cake Pops

I am making some cake pops for a photography class I am taking from Beryl next weekend and I wanted to try out a new design- a camera! I’ve never really shown how I make my cake pops, so here are all the steps I went through to create them!

What you will need:
Cake made from a cake mix
Container of store-bought frosting
About a half of a package of Oreo cookies crushed
Cookie Scoop
Sucker sticks
Candy Melts- black if you are making the cameras, or whatever color you choose if you are just making the pops
Small round sprinkles in white and any other color of your choosing
Ball sprinkles
Styrofoam Block
Wax paper

First, I made a vanilla cake from a box. If you don’t want all cake pops you can make half of the batter into cupcakes and half into a cake.
Cake Out of the Oven

After the cake cooled I broke it up into small pieces. I use my hands to break it up- it’s just easier than trying to use a fork, spoon, or something else.
Broken Up Cake

My husband requested cookies and cream cake pops so I smashed up some Oreos and added them to the top of the broken up cake…
Cake with Oreos on Top

Then mixed all the pieces in.
Oreos Mixed

Then I took about three-fourths of a container of icing and put it on top of all the pieces.
Frosting Container

Cake with Frosting on Top

I have found it much easier, again, to mix everything with my hands. I usually take the cake pieces and put them on top of the icing so it’s not quite as messy. My mix looked like this after I was done. You want the mix to be moldable and not too sticky.
Cake with Frosting Mixed

I used a cookie scoop to help make sure I used about the same amount of the mix for each cake ball/camera. I only made six cameras since I was just trying them out.
Bare Cake Balls

Then, I put the cake balls and cameras in the freezer for about 15 minutes to harden a bit. While the dough was cooling I set everything up that I would need to decorate the cake pops. For the camera cake pops, I melted black candy melts, took out 6 white small round sprinkles, and three blue and three pink sprinkles to use as the “button” on the top of the camera. For the pink cake pops, I melted the pink candy melts and had all the sprinkles in a bowl ready to put on the pops. I also put down wax paper to protect the table, had the sticks ready, and a Styrofoam board set up to stand the cake pops after they were decorated.
Melted Chocolate
Sprinkles
Ready Table

After I had everything ready, I took the cake balls/cameras out of the freezer. I dipped the ends of the sticks in the melted chocolate and stuck it into the cake balls and cameras.
Stick

I let these dry for a bit, then started by dipping the cameras into the black melted chocolate. I tapped any excess chocolate off of the cameras, then immediately put the white sprinkle where the “lens” was and the pink or blue “buttons” on the top while the chocolate was still wet. I then put them in the Styrofoam to dry.
Camera Cake Pops

I followed the same process for the pink cake pops, except I only put the white ball sprinkles on the top of the cake pops while the candy coating was still wet.

After I finished all of them, I put them in the freezer to harden the chocolate coating.

To finish them off and see what the “finished product” would look like, I put a couple of them in the sucker bags and tied them off with a pink polka-dot ribbon.
In Bag

My husband gave me his approval of the cake pops, eating two before I even posted this blog post!

Have fun making your own cake pops!
Baking love,
Heather