Aunt Elaine gave Annabeth Bakerella's book on Cake Pops for Christmas, after which Annabeth kept asking when oh when could we buy some cake mix and frosting and MAKE them.
So, when Michael's had coupons for New Year's day (50% off one item, 25% off your entire purchase) we were THERE purchasing candy melts, lollipop sticks, styrofoam blocks and sprinkles (also Sculpey, which was on sale, and n American Girl scrapbook we nabbed at 75% off -- wow, do we have some serious crafting to do in 2011).
And finally, FINALLY, we got around to making the cake, letting it cool, then mixing it with the frosting.
If you decide to make some of these I'd strongly recommend freezing at least half of the cake for later. It was really tedious to make the entire cake into shapes.
The more oblong ones are shaped like snowmen. True confession: half of these are still in the refrigerator uncoated.
The rest were dipped in melted candy melts
and sometimes sprinkled with sugar.
Then we switched colors:
Used both colors of melts on some
Tried out the sugar pearls on some. By the way, when you eat these the pearls pop off and go bouncing across the floor.
Got out the edible markers we bought at Michael's.
(The pink one is the first one Annabeth made -- she wanted it to be special.)
Hey, look -- it looks like a gathering of Andorians with skin problems, including a bunch of Aenar!
You know what?
After all of this we've decided that Cake Pops are an acquired taste. They look cool, it's an amazing project, but, wow, what a lot of sugar in a tiny little area. The fact that none of us really like candy melts takes away from the Cake Pops experience. In future batches we might try thinning the candy melts down so there's a smaller candy melt to cake ratio. Or have a well-defined plan for foisting the finished product off on other people.