Trying to find something new and fresh for Father’s Day can be difficult. Dad (in our house) doesn’t have time for much except for work and family and we love him SO MUCH for it. So I really wanted to make something special. I was searching Pinterest and Etsy for ideas when I saw a few versions of this sweet little idea and decided to try it for myself. Dad loves golf…and cake!
Take this one slowly because it can be tricky. The best way is to work in steps.
- 1 Cake mix any flavor
- 1 Can of frosting
- 1 Cup of milk chocolate chips
- White chocolate melting chips or Vanilla candy coating
- Standard cake pop sticks
- White ball sprinkles
- Black pre-made fondant
- Bake any flavor cake, using your best cake mix (the one Dad likes best) in a 13x9 inch pan. Cool the cake, and crumble it with a fork.
- Choose a flavor frosting (pre-made in a can is perfect for pops), add ½ to ¾ of the frosting to the cake crumbles, mix until you have a dough like consistency. Cover and chill overnight.
- Form golf ball sized balls of the cake dough (I have a cake pop press I got at the craft store, we really like cake pops!).
- Melt chocolate chips in the microwave, taking care not to burn the chocolate (the chips will retain their shape even when they are melted. Heat for 30 seconds and stir. Then heat for 10 second bursts, stirring between each burst, until the chocolate is liquid and smooth).
- Dip a cake pop stick (sold at any craft or grocery store in the baking section) in melted chocolate for about a half an inch and press carefully into the cake pop. Chill again until firm.
- Heat white chocolate chips or vanilla melting chocolate in the microwave (again on high for 30 seconds, stir. Heat again for 10 seconds and stir until melted completely. Be careful, this will scorch if you don't stir it!). Dip the cake pop into the melted white chocolate, swirling to coat completely. It will probably take a couple of pops to get the motion right. Turn the pop until the coating is even and all the cake is covered. Sprinkle with white ball sprinkles, and let dry upright (I stuck mine in a brick of styrofoam).
- While the pops dry, make the "tees" for the "golf balls". I bought pre-made black fondant at the craft store. Just slice the fondant into small pieces and roll it flat. Shape the fondant around the cake pop stick, with a little bit extra at the top where it joins the pop, in order to look like a tee. Give yourself some time when working with fondant - it's tricky. To join the fondant together around the stick, use a TINY bit of water where it meets. Fondant gets very sticky when its wet, go slow.
- Cut about 2 inches off the top of our smallest cello bags, and use the twist ties included to secure. Tie your tag to the front with ribbon or string.
- Cover a big piece of styrofoam or floral foam in a piece of bright green fabric or paper. Score the fabric in the pattern you want to display your pops in, and push the sticks into the foam to display them upright.