A lovely couple I work for have just found out that they are going to be grandparents! In celebration of this fact, and to treat my wonderful work colleagues, I made some simple cake pops that you could make for a baby shower.
These pops were very easy to make. I made pink and blue pops with the same color stripes. I also found some brilliant ribbon from Michael’s and some cute buckets for presentation.
What you’ll need:
- Undipped Cake Balls with sticks added (made according to the Basic Cake Pop Recipe)
- Pink and Blue Candy Melts (or White Candy Melts with pink and blue coloring)
- Squeezy bottle
- Few teaspoons of Vegetable shortening
- Styrofoam block
How much do I need?
Well that depends on how many cake pops you are making…. it will be approximately 1 lb of candy melts per 12-16 pops.
What you need to do:
Melt down your candy melts by zapping them in the microwave at 30 second intervals until they are properly melted. It usually takes 3 zaps, so 90 seconds in total (but do check every 30 seconds). You might need to add a small amount (I usually use about 1 tablespoon per 1lb of melts) of vegetable shortening to thin out the consistency a little. I like to melt this down separately and then mix it in, in its liquid form, to avoid lumps.
Taking a few cake pops from the fridge at a time, dip your pop into the candy coating in a straight up and down motion, make sure it is fully submerged in the candy melt coating. Try not to move the pop around too much in the candy melt or else it is more likely to dislodge the cake from the lollipop stick. If the bottom of the pop needs a little more coverage, gently rock the pop from side to side or tilt the bowl until all the cake is covered. Then remove the pop straight up in one swift motion. It is best to leave the cake pop in the candy melt mixture for as short a time as possible to avoid it slipping off the stick.
Tilt the pop upwards once removed from the melts and twirl it to allow the excess candy melt to drip off. Place your pop upright to dry – on a styrofoam box or cake pop stand if you have one. Repeat for the other pops.
To add stripes, pour some melted candy melts into a squeezy decorating bottle. I use these ones:
Hold your dried pop over your kitchen sink, then hold the bottle upside down with the nozzle about 6 inches or so above your pop. Start the drizzle away from the pop, ensuring you having a steady stream, them gently flick backwards and forwards over the pop to draw your stripes. Then leave to dry.
I wrapped my pops and added adorable matching ribbon with little baby feet on it, to finish them off. Check out our post on wrapping cake pops for tips!
For the presentation, I got little buckets for $1 each from Target which I filled with dry white beans, so the pops could stand up. Whilst at Michael’s, I also spotted some colored foam sheets, so I cut out a square to cover the beans and match the bucket.
I think I’ll try something more complicated next time, but it was a lovely idea for simple baby shower cake pops!