Thanksgiving Cake Pops!

Here’s a repost of our Thanksgiving pop ideas from last year……..

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Time for some Thanksgiving cake pop recipes!

This is my very first Thanksgiving since I moved to the US, so I had to do a bit of research when coming up with cake pop ideas and cake pop recipes for this special holiday.

First, I thought I’d tackle some new cake pop designs…. (but keep an eye out for my post on pumpkin pie flavor cake pops – coming soon!)

But for now, let’s focus on the visual!  My idol Bakerella does some very cute Thanksgiving turkeys, but I was determined to come up with something different (plus in the UK, where I’m from, turkey is inextricably linked to Christmas)…

I decided to attempt a cake pop version of the two main characters in the Thanksgiving story, the Pilgrims and the Native Americans.  Here’s how they turned out!

thanksgiving cake pops

** A little disclaimer here – As you may be able to tell – I know very little about Thanksgiving and I used a fair bit of artistic license when decorating these pops – so they are not meant to be historically accurate at all! **

I’m going to focus on walking you through how to decorate your pops, rather than write out the entire process again.  All of the info you need to prepare the underlying pop is in the Basic Cake Pop Recipe blog post.

As usual, all the equipment I used can be bought on Amazon.  The links embedded in this post are to Amazon USA but I have USA and UK Amazon stores if you need to stock up.  The links are on the right of this page >>>

Let’s get started!

Pilgrims

What you’ll need:

Undipped Cake Balls with sticks already attached (made according to the Basic Cake Pop Recipe)

Pink Candy Melts*

Edible Ink pens – I used:
Americolor Food Marker Writers- 10 Color Packthanksgiving cake pops

Rolos

Oreo Cookies

Black Candy Melts*

Confetti sprinkles (yellow and white)

Chocolate Candy Melts

Thin paintbrush

Toothpicks

(* or White Candy melts colored with Candy Coloring)

How much do I need?

Well that depends on how many cake pops you are making…. for 24 cake pop pilgrims, you’ll probably need around 1 lb of the Pink Candy Melts, 24 Rolos, 12 Oreos and 1/2 lb Black Candy Melts.

What you need to do:

Keep your cake balls in the fridge for the moment.

First, lets make the hats!

Melt down your black candy melts by zapping them in the microwave at 30 second intervals until they are properly melted down.  You might need to add a very small amount of vegetable shortening to thin out the consistency a little.

Get an Oreo and separate the two halves.  Scrape off the white filling.  Then get a Rolo, skewer it with a toothpick and dip into the melted candy coating.  Remove the Rolo and allow the excess to drip off before placing it in the middle of an Oreo half.  Repeat for your other hats.  Once the coating on your Rolo has dried, add a little more candy coating to the back of a yellow confetti sprinkle and place on the front of your hat for the buckle.

Melt your Pink Candy Melts by zapping them in the microwave at 30 second intervals until they are properly melted down.  You might need to add a little (1 or 2 teaspoons) or vegetable shortening to thin down the candy coating for proper dipping.

Taking a few cake pops from the fridge at a time, dip your pop into the pink 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 ball from the lollipop stick.  If the bottom of the pop needs a little more coverage, gently rock the pop from side to side 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 melts 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.  Then place it upright to dry – on a styrofoam box or cake pop stand if you have one.

Before it dries completely, pop a little hat on each pop’s head.

Repeat with your other pops and set aside to dry.

Now it’s just a matter of personalizing your little pilgrims.  You can add hair with a paintbrush and melted brown, white or yellow candy melts.

Quick warning!!! Before using your edible ink pens, please make sure the candy coating you are going to draw on is totally dry.  If it isn’t, the nib of your pen will clog up and render your edible ink pen useless.  Also don’t press too hard – treat the edible ink pen like a paintbrush and build up the strength of the line you are drawing with many little strokes.

thanksgiving cake pops So making sure the candy coating is dry, you can begin to add facial features with your edible ink pens.  I used white confetti sprinkles with edible ink pupils drawn on for the eyes, which I attached with a little dab of candy coating on the back of the sprinkle.

 

 

 

 

 

Native Americans

What you’ll need:

Undipped Cake Balls with sticks already attached (made according to the Basic Cake Pop Recipe)

Peanut Butter or a mixture of Chocolate & White candy melts*

Edible Ink pens – I used:
Americolor Food Marker Writers- 10 Color Packthanksgiving cake pops

Black Candy Melts*

A variety of candies, including Candy Corn, Fizzy Sour Belts or colored candied licorice

Confetti sprinkles

Thin paintbrush

(* or White Candy melts colored with Candy Coloring)

How much do I need?

Well that depends on how many cake pops you are making…. for 24 cake pop Native Americans, you’ll probably need around 1 lb of the Peanut Butter Candy Melts (or 1/2 each of white and chocolate), 1/2 lb of the black candy melts and a packet or two of whichever candies you are using.

What you need to do:

Melt your Peanut Butter (or Chocolate & White mix) Candy Melts by zapping them in the microwave at 30 second intervals until they are properly melted down.  You might need to add a little (1 or 2 teaspoons) or vegetable shortening to thin down the candy coating for proper dipping.

Taking a few cake pops from the fridge at a time, dip your pop into the melted 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 ball from the lollipop stick.  If the bottom of the pop needs a little more coverage, gently rock the pop from side to side 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 melts 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.  Then place it upright to dry – on a styrofoam box or cake pop stand if you have one.  Repeat with your other pops and set aside to dry.

Have an idea before you start the next stage as to what look you want to go for.  I used these candies to construct my pops but there is a huge variety of things you can use.  Have a look around your kitchen and see what inspires you!

thanksgiving cake pops

Now to add the hair.  Melt down your black candy melts in the same way as we did those above.  When you are sure your brown pops are dry, dip the very top of your pop into the black candy mixture.  Now tilt your pop horizontally to allow the mixture to coat the side of your pop and turn gently so that about 2/3 of your pop’s sides are covered.  You want to leave proper room for a face.

If you like the design with the “feather” at the back, gently stick a Candy Corn candy vertically in the back of the pop’s head. (You might want to try sliced almonds or coated pumpkin seeds for feathers instead).

Quick warning!!! Before using your edible ink pens, please make sure the candy coating you are going to draw on is totally dry.  If it isn’t, the nib of your pen will clog up and render your edible ink pen useless.  Again, don’t press to hard. You want to use gentle paintbrush-like strokes when using edible ink pens.

So making sure the candy coating is dry, you can begin to add facial features and face paint detail with your edible ink pens.  Again I used white confetti sprinkles with pupils drawn on for the eyes, which I attached with a little dab of candy coating on the back of the sprinkle.

For the headbands, I trimmed a length of red Fizzy Belts candy and wrapped it round the pops, fixing it in place with a few dabs of candy melt mixture.

thanksgiving cake pops For the larger headdress, I got a two lengths of the rainbow fizzy belt candy.  I cut one of these lengths into little strips, and attached it to the other belt with melted candy coating.  Let it dry fully before picking it up and attaching it to your pop with more candy coating.

 

 

 

And there you have it!

thanksgiving cake pops

Look out for the Pumpkin Pie Cake Pops Recipe in a couple of days and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

CP xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response to Thanksgiving Cake Pops!

  1. Wow! My mouth is starting to salivate!

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