I bought one of those cake pop molds. It was calling my name out in Michael`s, and I just had to take it home. It was a little like a lost puppy, with that silicon molds, hangdog eyes, and cute pictures on the package. Well, not the hangdog eyes. There was a picture of monster cake pops on the package, and they certainly had eyes, but they were more cutesy cartoon than quietly beguiling.
What can one make with such a creature? I`m glad you asked.
Cake pops for your sweetie. How sweet!
For one thing, you can make cake pops. Pretty straight forward, but good all the same. The kind you bake holds together much better than the kind you whip up with baked cake and globs of frosting squished together. I tried doing that a million times, and it always fell off the lollipop stick. cakesbylex has a nice tutorial for Valentine`s day themed pops, if you don`t need birthday themed ones for your Mother. By the way, you should all leave a comment at the bottom to wish the Frau happy birthday!
Let the force/shwartz/sweets be with you!
I think I will be forced to make cake pops more like these, though. The Frau has spent the last year going through every Star Trek episode ever created, and the past week or so included a Star Wars marathon. It was a little disappointing, as all the sweets and popcorn you expect with a movie marathon were missing, but I think somehow my dignity may recover. I mean, I know she`d be happy with any present I gave her, because she is an awesome Mom like that, but I want to do something that is actually cool ( to her) anyways. After all, I just spent this weekend with a bunch of geeks at a convention, so I suppose I should keep that going. I`m going to tell you all about that convention, too- tomorrow, because I also went to the procrastinator`s convention. (It met a week late.)
The same blog I set up the link for also has a tutorial on Mario themed cake pops, which are also a good possibility. How many Marios did I meet at Katsucon, you might ask. Well, I think I saw twenty that were just Mario, and ten groups that were Mario and friends. That`s including the fact that it was a manga/anime convention, and really had very little to do with classic games. I suspect that many visitors use these conventions as an excuse to have a more competitive version of Halloween, and care very little about the details.
These are perfect for birthday cakepops- if the birthday girl was closer to grade school
These really are sweet little cake pops. They seem perfect for my little cousin`s birthday (7 next August!) or for a party involving those who love cute. I`m thinking of a few of my friends here. And some people at the convention. Half the girls were wearing swim suits, and the other half were wearing five thousand bows and bits of lace, and it was really disgustingly over cute. I`m not a fan of that. These aren`t that bad, they just aren`t right for a woman who has three college aged children. (No, I`m not posting her age on the internet of all places. She`d kill me. Maybe not literally, but she might stop making me dinner, and that would be just as bad!) I wouldn`t be able to do that cotton candy and marshmallow flavors either, as she hates both artificial and insanely sweet stuff. I know, that`s really crazy considering we`re Americans, but you have to keep in mind that we`d be weird no matter where we lived. In fact, I drink soda maybe once a year, from a tiny juice cup. And I hate Coca-Cola and Pepsi. I know, it`s outrageous!
I think we`ve found the winning cake pop style over at eatreadcreate. Sure, the pink isn`t really the right style, but I`m probably going to use rainbow sprinkles instead. And the hearts and butterflies? Well, I think I know how to skip them. They are perfect for a sweetheart, but I have none, and my Mother would never count as one! I`m planning on using a recipe and making the cake and frosting from scratch, however, as I know that my Mom hates the taste of artificial. Nothing says love better than extra time and effort, right?
Do you like cake pops? Which one would you make? What is some advice you can share on making them come out right if you don`t have a mold, and are trying to mix the cake and frosting bits together? What are some design ideas you can share? Don`t forget to wish the Frau happy birthday!