Today I’d like to welcome Karyn from Pint Sized Baker. I was so excited when I saw the cake pops she made to share here. They are just the cutest things ever.
Hi Everyone! I’m Karyn from the Pint Sized Baker and I’m here to share some cute cake pops with you while Dawn is moving her “sugar shack” to a new address.
Come on over and say Hi and see what else I’ve been baking up.
So glad it’s not me that’s moving.
It seems that a lot of my blogging friends have moved in the past six months. The last time I moved was on 2004 when my husband and I bought our first home together. We moved from a little two bedroom, one bath condo into a three bedroom HOUSE! Since then, we’ve also finished the basement and had a kid! I could not imagine moving all the junk we’ve accumulated over the past eight years.
However, there is that thrill of going someplace NEW, CLEAN, FRESH – DIFFERENT!
A place where you can paint the walls and pick out new carpet.
Where you can start over with your belongings and purge through everything and clean out the clutter.
Somewhere you know there is better storage, more space, a nicer yard, better shopping, and the dream that this move is going to make your life better.
To Make Eight Sugar Shack Cake Pops You Will Need:
1/4 of a 9×13 sheet cake, baked and cooled
1 heaping tablespoon of frosting, cold
8 lollipop sticks
Red, White and Green Candy Melts
Cake Pop Stand or Styrofoam
Small Cookie Scoop
Cookie Sheet lined with wax paper
Cookie Icing or Food Writer Pens
Tweezers and Toothpicks
To make these Pops, start off with your cake pop batter. It can’t be sticky and gooey. It should be smooth and leave your hands clean when you roll them.
*TIP* I use cold cake and cold frosting. It helps with moisture problems and you don’t need as much time in the fridge to firm up the pops.
Use a mixer with a paddle attachment to get the smoothest consistency.
I start off with measuring out 12 balls with a cookie scoop and placing them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
Then I roll and form the balls by hand. For these pops, you will form eight cubes for the base of the house and then cut remaining four balls in half and form eight pyramid tops.
*TRICK* To see my Cake Pop Video on making Cake Pop Batter, click HERE.
Place the shapes into the fridge while you melt your candy.
I meted white, red and green candy melts.
*TIP* Slow melting at a lower temperature is key to getting a smooth candy coating. Overheating will lead to thick candy that is very difficult to dip with. Be Patient!
Take the shapes out of the fridge and add the lollipop stick to the cube by placing a 1/4 inch of the stick into the candy and then inserting it 3/4 of the way into the cube. Once all the sticks are added to the cubes, go back to the first cube and dip it into the melted candy coating.
Tap off the excess candy, place a pyramid on top, and stand it up in your cake pop stand.
Once all of the cubes are dipped and have their roofs attached, dip them in to red. You may need a little toothpick to get the candy into the edges and completely coat the cake. You don’t want any cake peeking through.
*TRICK* To see my Cake Pop Video how I dip my Cake Pops, click HERE.
Once they are dipped and dry, put your imagination to work and start decorating!
I’m not a big fan of using the food coloring writing pens. I find the lines to be too thick and sometimes too faint.
*TIP* Use Royal Icing or Cookie Icing to “draw” on your pops. Here I used a drop of black cookie icing and a toothpick to draw on the doors, windows, and words.
Use a different toothpick to add some melted candy to glue on some candy decorations.
I used sprinkles and hearts for roofing designs and flower shaped candy as landscaping.
Use your tweezers to add the small sprinkles right where you want them without letting your fingers mess up the designs around them.
The roof did take the longest to do. Which is why I only decorated two…Also, if you are super observant, you’ll notice that the shack with the heart roof in the collage has a stick. The pop with the heart roof in the opening photo does not.
I did not insert the stick far enough into the cube and the weight of the roof plus the weight of the pop was enough to break the base of the pop and cause the stick to come loose. So, to “fix it” I simply removed the stick and filled in the hole with green candy to make it look like more grass. Sometimes these lovely mistakes turn into something wonderful!
Good Luck with the move and settling down, Dawn. I hope you get to paint each room the perfect shade of bliss for you!
Thanks for having me!