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Monday, March 10, 2014

Kiss Me I'm Irish

Kiss me I'm Irish... or maybe not!!!  But on St. Patrick's Day we all become a little Irish.  Inspired by a t-shirt my daughter was wearing, I thought this would be a fun pop and our heart shaped mold would make the perfect body for the frog.  
You can use the heart mold right side up or upside down, but guess what? You can also use it on it's side! That is what I did for these frogs.
I wanted the color of the frog to be a little more lime green  than a dark green .  Shown are 3 different candy wafers.  The first is a vibrant green from Wilton, the second is a light green, and the last one is a dark green both from Make n' Mold.  

I started with a base of dark green and added the other two colors a little at a time until I got the desired color.  I would say it was 50% dark green and 25% of the each of the other colors.


Supplies needed: Eyeballs, pretzels (unsalted) for hind legs, red confetti dots for mouth, lime green stars for front feet, crowns (from Wilton Princess Cupcake Toppers) and black edible writing pen for mouth.



In order to make the hind legs I dipped the pretzels in the candy melts.  Let dry then cut to size.  Redip in candy melts and attach to bottom of frog.

Steps:
1. Dip frog in candy melts.  
2.  When almost dry attach eyes and slip in mouth (the mouth is so fine that I found it easy to push in to just dry melts and it keeps the front area looking neat and clean)
3.  Add a little candy melts to the top and attach crown 
4.  Attach hind legs.
5.  Attach front legs.
Big eyes and a smile mouth.
Small eyes work better with the crown so you can see more of it.  The big eyes and the crown are about the same height.
You can't see the behind of the frog but I liked the yellow contrast that the crown gave so I attached a yellow flower to his  back. Just adds a little dimension when in a display.
Wishing you all a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Valentine Heart Shaped Cake Pops

Need a Valentine idea?  These pops are a great fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day and are a sure way to delight your children and their friends!
Valentine Heart Shaped Cake Pops
Although you can't see the inside of these pops I used the Oreo Cookie and cream cheese recipe. However, red velvet cake and cream cheese frosting would be another great recipe for Valentine's Day Pops!  
Valentine Heart Shaped Cake Pops
For me making these pops was an exercise in practicing my writing skills on cake pops.... something that always makes me feel a little uneasy... mostly because I don't do it enough.  
Valentine Heart Shaped Cake Pop Mold in Red
There are bottles you can buy to put your melted candy wafers inside for writing but I find that snack bags worked just as well for me.  It allowed me to get the writing size just the way I wanted it and after I'm done, I can just toss the bags in the trash.  No clean up!!!
Candy Melts to use for writing on cake pops
I cut a very small hole in the front.  These bags are shown after they had been cut and used so you can see how little I cut off.

Too big of a hole and you have less control.  Make sure melts aren't too hot when you are writing or it can crack the base coat of your pop.  If that happens just let it cool down a bit.

If you are feeling a little nervous when you begin or if you just want to practice, grab a sheet of wax paper!  It's a great way to see what your design will look like before you put it on your pops and also to get a feeling for the flow of the bag.

I did this with these pops because I wanted to gauge how big my heart should be, what the placement would look like and to see if I could make those squiggly lines without having a goopy mess plop all over my pop!
To make a solid heart use a paint brush.  I start on the left and draw a small line, then get more candy melts on my brush and the same on the right side.  Round out the tops and meet at a point at the bottom.
You can add ribbons or name tags for school parties or gifts.  These name tags were made from a sheet of white scrapbooking paper bought at my craft store by the sheet.  I typed the names on my computer and left enough space in between each name set so that I could cut them out in tag shapes and punch a small hole at the top to attach to my ribbon.
Valentine Heart Shaped Cake Pop Molds
These pops were made with the heart shaped cake pop mold. It's fast and easy and gives you the same shape and size so that all your pops are uniform without having to do a lot of hand work before you get to the fun part of dipping.
Heart Shaped No-Bake Cake Pop Mini-Mold
Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Sock Monkey Cake Pop Party!

My daughter recently turned 10.  Her request was a monkey party.   After looking at invitations online and in local stores most of the invitations we found were more for younger kids or infants than for a tween.  So we came up with the idea to make a "Sock Monkey" party.



Immediately I knew I had to make Sock Monkey Pops!  I have to admit I was a little stumped as to what I was going to do.  I did a quick search on the internet to get inspiration and I found this seller on Etsy "Mom's Killer Cakes" and fell in love with her Sock Monkey Pops.  I made these ones but if you don't want to make your own (instructions below) guess what?  You can order directly from her!  I made my monkeys happy with a red smile instead of the big red lips but either way I think they look super cute!

I wanted to do Sock Monkey invitations as well  I couldn't find what I was looking for and didn't have the time to make a custom order.  So I went to Michaels Craft Store and bought plain cards, some monkey stickers and printed up my own monkey invitations. 


Front of Invitation 



I found this very fun font "Janda Silly Monkey" for free from Fontspace.com


Inside of invitation:



We ordered Sock Monkeys and the red and white straws from Discount Party Supplies.com
I decorated the table with the Monkeys and then the girls got to take them home.




Another idea which I had but we did not end up doing was to make Sock Monkeys.  So in lieu of ordering Sock Monkeys a fun project might be to make them at the party.  You can get free instructions here.


These vintage inspired paper straws add a fun festiveness to these pops.  


I just love these!  They would also be great for Christmas Pops.



The hats are red Sixlet candies.

The first thing I did was to make my shapes using My Little Cupcake's Ball Shaped Cake Pop Mold.  Then I inserted the straws.


After they were all done I chilled the pops before I dipped in the next step.







I used large confetti dots for the ears.


Insert on each side of the head.


I put a small line of candy melts along the ears to give them a raised effect on the outside, so it would look more like a real ear.


Now dip entire head into your brown chocolate melts.  I didn't want to make the monkeys too dark so I added some white and yellow melts to the chocolate wafers to lighten up the color.


I used black powder food color to make the eyes, eyebrows, nose and mouth.  However, you can use candy melts as well.



Good luck and have fun!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Frosty the Snowman!

I suppose I am on a snowman kick but truth be told I do love snowman!  And who doesn't love Frosty the Snowman.... and these cake pops remind me of one of my favorite Christmas Classics.



Supplies:



You can use any color for the snowman nose... not just orange.  

These candies are called Baby Tear Drops.  You can find them online by CK Products.

Top Hats



You will need to pre-make the hats ahead of time... so they are ready to place on top of snowman after you dip them.

I LOVE these non pareil chocolate rings from Trader Joes.  
Not only are they delicious. . .  the colors are perfect for the Top Hats!
Just warning you, you may want to buy 2 packages just in case you run out. . . before you even start to make the hats!




Fill Rollo with white candy melts.



 Place cookie on top of Rollo.



Cut up Airhead Xtremes for the ribbon on the Top Hat!




Wrap around base of hat.




Dab a small drop of white candy melts and attach Snowflake.



Fun Christmas Cake Pop Recipe:


You may have seen my post on making this with 
Candy Canes but if you want a little more of a 
Peppermint Bark taste you can use Starlight Candies.  



Oreo Mint Cookies

Starlight Candies about 1/2 cup.

Crushed up Starlight Candies


Happy Holidays!