Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Cake pops are pretty badass too. So you should give her something for Mother’s dayÂ that will remind her of… her bad ass self.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Now, whenÂ I told my mother yesterday that I wrote a post dedicated to her, she asked me if the recipe had chocolate in it. Crap. What was I THINKING?? Most chicks like chocolate, and mothers just so happen to be chicks (in case you didn’t know). My mom is no exception. She will eat an entire bar of dark chocolate if placed in front of her.Â Don’t get me wrong, she would obsess over the cupcake-stuffed strawberries. Chocolate, however, is her kryptonite. Before I share the recipe, let me first tell you a little something that my mother did a few weeks ago. She sent an email to me and my siblings. It is a beer commercial. For men. Typed below the video she also included a little message to my brother.
The video is pretty funny.
Â The fact that it was my mother who sent the video is what made it hilarious.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â WARNING!!!!!:Â This video could be offensive to some people. I hope that you realize I am by no means supporting the message of the commercial (unless that message is to drink beer, then I am absolutely supporting that message.. but any other messages you interpret I do not). The point is that my mom does funny things. Like your mom.Â
(click image to play) Â [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=celDPCA5US0&feature=related[/youtube]
Below the video she wrote to my brother, “Go take someÂ ballet classes.”
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Â Â Â Â Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â After that email, this is the least I can do for her. Once your own mother bites into these pops and tastes the chocolate, I swear she will forget about the time you stole a dollar from her purse. For Real. Unless that happened when you were 28. Then you are a lost cause.
Here is what you need:
– chocolate cake (made from scratch is lovely, cake mix if you must, store-bought cake if you are really in a rush)*
– chocolate frosting (made from scratch is lovely, pre-made in a can if you must, on a store-bought cake if you are really in a rush)*
– green food dye *
– candy melts ***
– sanding sugar (colorful crystal sprinkles)**
– clean, unused paint brush***
Â Â Â – styrofoam***
*If you are using cake mix and pre-made frosting, those are in the baking aisle of your local grocery store. Green food dye is available by the spices, which usually is also in the baking aisle.
**Sanding sugars can also be found in the baking aisle in grocery stores, but choices are limited to about two colors. If you want nicer colors lookup a baking supply store, or arts and crafts store in your area.
***Candy melts, lollipop sticks, paint brush, styrofoam,Â piping bag w/tip and coupler are all available in arts and crafts stores and baking supply stores.
ALSO: Â The cake pop concept is not my own, but this technique is. This is my adapted version. Bakeralla is the inventor of cake pops, and I have provided a link to her site at the bottom of the post
If you do not know how to put together a piping bag with tip and coupler, watchÂ this video on how to do it:
(click on image to play)
Â [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFIHUNrMXPM[/youtube]Â Â Â Â
First, bake your cake (or buy it, you lazy bum..jk) and make your frosting. Once the cake is cooled, crumble it up.
Mix enough frosting into the cake so that it is very moist but not relentlessly sticking to your hands.
Try not to eat half of the frosting like I did. I can’t help it. I’m a chick.
UseÂ a 1/8 measuring cup to portion out the cake. I used a little less than 1/8 of a cup.
Then roll each into a ball.
Press the ball down slightly to flatten the bottom. Use your fingers to pinch the top little by little, until it is shaped like a bell.
Â Place them on wax paper, and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
Â In the meantime, use a paintbrush to lightly coat theÂ lollipop sticks with green food dye.
Do not use a lot, or the sticks could unravel. For real.
I patted the sticks with a paper towel to get out as much moisture and excess food dye as possible.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Place a couple of candy melts in a heat-proof container. Take your pops out of the fridge.
Melt the candy melts in 20 second spurts in the microwave. Dip your lollipop sticks into the candy melt, then push them halfway into the pops.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Melt an entire bowl of candy melts in the microwave using 20 second spurts, and mixing in between. Although I don’t show it in the picture below, make sure you melt enough so that when you dip your cake pop in, it is totally submerged. The reason for this is because if you have to move it around a lot, the cake will fall apart. You want to be able to dunk it in, and then take it immediately out. When you take it out, hold the stick with your hand, twirl it very slowly, and tap your wrist as you turn it to gently shake off excess chocolate.
I decided to make some of my flowers pink…
…and some yellow. Pretty colors for spring.
Stick cake pops sticks into styrofoam to dry.
Once it is dry, reheat (careful not to make it too hot!) the candy melt and very quicklyÂ scoop itÂ into your preparedÂ piping bag.
Sprinkle the spiral with sanding sugar (colorful crystal sugar sprinkles) before it dries.
Use a toothpick if you like to scrape off excess sugar or neaten up spirals.
Now this is optional, and takes a little patience. I decided to pipe out “Mom,” and a couple of hearts onto a sheet of wax paper.
I piped over the lettering a second time to make it thick, so that it would not break as easily.
Once dry, carefully peel your words or symbols off of the wax paper.
That’s a lot of moms.
I then used a toothpick to dab on some meltedÂ candy melts, andÂ veryÂ carefully place ontoÂ the side of a flower.
I heart you.
These are so much better than regular flowers.
Now if you need to transport them in something pretty, buy a flower potÂ from a garden supply store, Home Depot, art supply store, or iParty.
I found this for less than $2.00 at iParty.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Rip up a piece of styrofoam (or purchase a shape that fits inside) and stick it into the bottom.
Tie a pretty ribbon around the top (I used a little double-sided tape to make the ribbon stay, probably depends on the pot).
Stick the pops through the styrofoam. Add some fake grass or green gift bag confetti to cover the styrofoam, if you like.
Â ****If you areÂ consideringÂ posting upÂ photos or ideas fromÂ this or any other posts I am truly happy that you are excited and find my recipes interesting enough to share with others.Â Please see copyright standards in the footerÂ (bottom). Â Â NOTE: The concept of a cake pop was createdÂ by Bakerella. If you want to make a simple, round pop thenÂ please visit her site. She is the messiah of cake pops, as far as the world is concerned.