I wanted to make something special for my best friend’s baby girl’s first birthday. The theme of the party was ladybugs, see all the details in my post from yesterday, here. I had attempted to make the cupcake cake pops once before, and found them very challenging! They didn’t come out quite as beautifully as I hoped, and I vowed never to make them again, but I had this idea that I could do ladybugs and just had to try it. Cake pops, in case you’re not familiar with them, are little balls of cake and frosting mixed together, and coated in chocolate, on a lollipop stick. And, they’re just as yummy as they sound. I went straight to the master, Bakerella and followed her basic instructions for cake pops.Â I also did a little Googling this time, and came upon some helpful hints. In case you’d like to try them too, here’s what I learned.
I made them out of chocolate cake, and cream cheese icing. The first time I attempted these, I used the whole container of icing and they were way too wet. I ended up having to bake another whole cake and add it to try and get the right consistency, which ended up making around 100 cake pops! This time I added the icing slowly, and ended up using about half the container. I also learned that I should dip the sticks into a little candy coating and then into the cake balls. It really helps them stay on the stick when it comes time to dip them into the chocolate candy coating.
Also, don’t attempt to use regular chocolate. The candy melts are like chocolate, but melt more easily and harden more quickly making them much easier to use then just regular chocolate or chocolate chips.
The big difference this time though, was adding a little vegetable shorting to the melted chocolate candy coating. It is too thick to get a nice smooth application when it’s melted on its own. Adding a little shortening really helps make it runnier and easier to dip. But, it can be too runny so don’t add too much at a time. I added too much in the beginning and it was too thin, and kept dripping off. Through trial and error I found a good consistency.
I dipped them first completely in the red chocolate candy melts, and stuck them into some Styrofoam to dry. The next step was adding the ladybug details. I used semi-sweet chocolate candy melts, and put them in a small Ziploc bag, with a very small hole snipped in the corner. I used the bag like a piping bag and added the detail of a small round face, and line to create wings, and the polka dots. I think they turned out so cute. And they tasted great too.
After they were set, I wrapped them up in lollipop bags and added a little red satin ribbon to finish them off.
I think they made a great addition to the Ladybug Dessert Table.
Happy Birthday Allie!