cake pops

Check Out my Minnie Mouse Cake Pop Stand!


Come on, just say it.  Pretty impressive, right??  Hold on while I pat myself on the back.  Once in a while that image in your head actually does turn out the way you planned!  Paint some foam, glue gun some ribbon around the edges, and voila!  It’s a Minnie Mouse cake pop stand!  I’m not completely done yet.  I still have to get a longer dowel to raise the head, maybe put some flowers inside the ring for the display, and I need to paint the polka dots but the red part is still wet.  I just finished painting it about 10 minutes ago.  I guess this means I definitely have to make the cake pops after all.  Let’s just hope my experience, however lacking it may be, proves to be useful and I’m better prepared this next time around.  I might have to reconstruct more holes into the base so I can make room for more pops.

I’m all about simple so what you see is basically exactly what you imagined I did.  I painted a 5 1/2 inch Styrofoam ball with acrylic black paint and let it dry.  It doesn’t matter if the ball is white or green; once it’s painted, you can’t tell.  I wrapped some scotch tape around it to create a straight line and painted the other half red.  I painted 2 3 inch foam balls black, let them dry, stuck bamboo toothpicks through them and to connect it to the head and reinforced the connection with a glue gun.  I use bamboo toothpicks here because they’re way stronger than regular toothpicks and they sort of grip the foam since they’re not too slippery as plastic ones might be. I glue gunned the ribbon around and inside the painted ring and center piece, and constructed a bow to put in front of the ears.  I’ll have to buy white paint so I can paint the polka dots, or perhaps I can just glue some white dots on instead.  It’ll save me a trip to the store.  

I have a 2nd “head” drying without the bow and I’m thinking about painting 2 big yellow buttons on the “pants” to create a Mickey.  Or maybe I can find 2 yellow buttons and glue them on.  Any thoughts or ideas?

Is it worth the pain?

Cake pops: noun a cake and frosting blended filling formed into a ball, plopped on a stick, and dipped in chocolate, sometimes decorated with sprinkles or made into cute animals forms by crazy people blessed with extraordinary patience.  

Like most things cute and delicious, you never realize just how much work is entailed until you take it on yourself.  First attempt: epic fail.  Maybe 2 out of 20 actually came out with both ears still intact.  The rest had either fallen off the stick while being dipped or lost an ear (yup, just one – still can’t figure out why that is).  I was so disappointed, but had a lot of moral support on hand so late that same night, I attempted a second batch.  This time I altered the design and it turned out to be a huge benefit.  While that worked out better, I wouldn’t say it was easier the 2nd time around.  I still lost 4 out of 16 and it was just as frustrating, but for different reasons.  Thinning the chocolate made it lighter so the weight didn’t pull it off the stick, but it also made it drippier (is that a word?).  And since I dipped the red bottom half first, I had to hang it upside down to lose the excess chocolate on top, which risked it falling off the stick that way.  Anyway, long story short, I finished, wrapped them up and went to bed exhausted and resigned.  I had tried, succeeded at a few, but in the end, I decided it wasn’t worth it.  I settled on an old fashioned (simple) cupcake design… until I woke up to the uninhibited sounds of glee coming from the baby mochi who found the stash of completed Minnie and Mickey Mouse cake pops.  She was very excited at how they turned out and giggled and oohed and aahed at each of them all by herself in the early morning of a sleeping household.  *sigh*  Now I am reconsidering.

Almost too cute to eat, definitely too sweet to enjoy, absolutely worth the admiration of a particular little mochi.  I’m slowly convincing myself to torture myself with the third and final attempt of these horrid things. 

When I’m done, I’ll post the recipe with the things I’ve learned in case you ever wake up one morning and think, “Hmm, how shall I frustrate myself today?”  I swear, the things we do for love.  I’ve gotta say, though, I think if my centerpiece/cake pop display turns out as well as I imagine it in my head, at least that will be worthwhile.

P.S.  If anyone finds all white confetti sprinkles (the flat round ones that would be ideal for polka dots, let me know.  The only ones I can find are in a pastel mix and I’d have to pick them out one at a time.  Thanks!

 

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