We are involved in a lot of weddings. Not directly, of course, but involved nonetheless. Many, many brides and grooms come to us for labels and tags to make their weddings extra special. Because of this, we are always on the lookout for unique and fun ideas for wedding favors. I recently found a cute idea for wedding favors that are very unique. On the blog Bakerella.com I found the idea for these wedding cake pops. I tried them to see if they tasted as good as they look and if a real human could make them. Go to Bakerella and poke around, you will soon agree that she must not be completely human – her baked goods are too cute! These pops would make excellent favors for your wedding. And they would make excellent treats for a bridal shower also (see our photos below). Either way, they are adorable and so impressive, but not that hard to make. Let’s try it.
You will need:
1 boxed cake mix (and ingredients to make it according to package directions)
1 can frosting
cookie cutters – circle (about 1 1/2″), flower or scallop design (about 1 1/4″)
Candy Melts in white (you can find these in the cake decorating/candy making aisle at craft stores, I found them in the bulk food section at my local store, or you can use the vanilla bark candy found in the baking aisle of your supermarket)
Sprinkles, candy hearts or other decorations as desired
lollipop sticks (available in the cake decorating or candy making section of most craft stores)
The first thing you do is bake a cake. Any cake, any flavor, from a box or from scratch, doesn’t matter. I chose a light colored cake because I was going to dip it in white candy coating and I was worried about a dark color showing through. If you did the candy coating thick enough, it probably wouldn’t matter but I went with white cake mix. You can bake the cake in any size pan, I used a 9×13. After it is done and completely cool, crumble it into a large bowl. If it isn’t fine enough you can run it through a food processor. I tried it both ways and very much prefer to use the food processor. It makes it much finer which makes the finished pops easier to shape and smoother on the edges.
After the cake has been crumbled into the bowl, add a can of frosting (again, any flavor). You will probably not need the whole can so start with part and add enough til you get a mixture that is easy to mold into a ball and hold its shape. You don’t want it too gooey, no matter how good the frosting tastes. Mix the frosting in with a spoon or your hands. Mix well so the mixture is uniform – you don’t want patches that are dry, they won’t stick together. Next, take a spoonful of the mix and roll it around in your hands until it forms a ball. You will want two sizes of balls, one somewhat smaller than a golf ball and one slightly larger than a large marble. Be sure not to make them any bigger or their weight will cause them to drop to the bottom of the lollipop stick. An easy way to make them all the same size is to make one of the desired size, then set it aside on a separate plate as your model; shape all the others to match it in size. Make half the balls the larger size, half the smaller size. Place the balls on a cookie sheet, covered, and place the pan in the refrigerator to allow the balls to firm up.
When the balls are firm, remove them from the refrigerator and get our your cookie cutters. Take the larger balls and press them into the circle cookie cutter. press them until it forms a flat round circle, then gently push it out on to the cookie sheet. Do the same thing with the smaller balls using the flower or scalloped cutter. Stack the small flower shape on top of the larger round shape. I used a small amount of melted candy coating to “glue” the two shapes together. When you have formed all your “cakes” place them back in the refrigerator for a few minutes while you get your candy coating ready.
Melt the candy coating in a small container. You want a container that is tall and narrow which will allow you to get the whole “cake” in at once. I used my Pyrex two-cup measuring cup and it worked well. Melt the coating in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring each time until the coating is smooth. You can add a small amount (one or two teaspoons) of shortening to thin the mixture which will allow it to dip easier. When you are ready, take the cakes out of the refrigerator. Take a lollipop stick and dip it in the melted coating then insert it into the “cake.” You want it in about 3/4 of the way through. Then, dip the whole thing in the melted coating and twirl to coat. Let the excess drip back into the bowl (tap gently, if you tap too hard the whole cake will fall off the stick!). Turn the pop upright and run your finger along the bottom of the cake to remove any excess. You can poke the sticks into a styrofoam block to dry. I didn’t have a styrofoam block so I used a small cup that I weighted down with extra unmelted candy coating chips. I just stuck the pops into the cup. Allow the pops to dry then add decorations. Take a small amount of melted coating and “paint” where you want sprinkles to stick then shake the sprinkles over the top. Like you would if you were adding glitter to an art project. If you want to add the heart at the top, do so before the coating dries.
After you are all done, package your wedding pops in small cellophane bags. I cut off about two inches of the open end to make them fit better. Then add a personalized favor tag and a coordinating ribbon. So cute. These sound like a lot of work, and I’ll admit they are more work than some other favors your could do. But, once you get the hang of it, and if you have help, these go pretty fast. You can do them in stages, too. As long as you cover the pops in the refrigerator, you can leave them there overnight.
And, yes, they taste great, too. Ask my husband and kids, they’ll back me up on this.
For more detailed instructions, go to Bakerella.com.