Easter Cake Pops
I don’t know what the weather has been like in your neck of the woods, but spring in Colorado has been a little rough. We’ve had at least one major snow storm every week for the past month and a half or so – and sometimes more than one. Anyway, this hasn’t exactly put me into a ‘let’s celebrate Spring’ kind of mood, so I’ve been dragging my feet on this Easter post. Easter itself was actually nice weather, but I think we had a blizzard 48 hours later.
So enough complaining, let me tell you all about my big Easter plans! My friend Elaine has the most amazing party every Easter called Beerster. Beerster is very clearly an adult Easter party, but has all the fun of Easter from when you were a kid. The primary focus of the day being the beer hunt – dozens of adults go running into a field searching for beer to put in their baskets. It’s epic. And Elaine spares no detail – she might very well be the Queen of Crafting. Her motto is, “ABC – Always Be Crafting” and she doesn’t disappoint. I’ve included some links to various posts on her blog about Beerster that you really need to check out. No, really – start clicking now, my pettily blog post will still be here later.
So, with all that said, Elaine asked me to make some Easter Egg cake pops for Beerster. Knowing how much effort Elaine puts into the event, I didn’t want to disappoint her and took my assignment very, very seriously. I can’t really tell if a new cake pop design will work out just by looking at it, so I bought enough cake pop supplies for three different kinds (the Easter eggs she asked for, bunnies, and baby chicks) and just hoped at least one would come out looking cute. 2 out of 3 were pretty good – ironically it was the eggs that she actually wanted that were pretty unfortunate looking.
Now that you’re intrigued, I bet you’re wondering “how on earth can I make such cuteness that tastes good?”. I can help friends. I can help. Making the actual cake part of the cake pop is always the same, so follow this post on how to get started. The only things you’ll need to change from my original post are the decoration part (the 4th bullet under ingredients), and then the customization of the candy melts (color), the cake, and frosting. As for the cake and frosting – there are no rules – use whatever flavors your heart desires!
Easter Egg Cake Pops
Since these are the guys that didn’t turn out so well, I’ll keep my commentary to a minimum. Bakerella is the go-to Pro for all things Cake Pops, so I will refer you to her post for Easter Egg Cake Pop-Making. :)
Easter Bunny Cake Pops
The Bakerella post above also shows how to make bunny cake pops, but I often have a hard time find the supplies she lists, so I have to improvise here and there. In this case, pastel candy corns, and the sprinkles for the noses and eyes kind of eluded me so I changed it up with pipe cleaners for the ears, pink M&Ms for the noses, and sugar pearls for the eyes. I always wrap my cake pops in little cello bags, so instead of tying them with a ribbon, I tie it up with the pipe cleaner and loop the ears up. Keep in mind that you need to create your face upside down for these guys. For the eyes and the nose, you need to affix them just after the candy melt excess has dripped off, but is still wet. You can draw the eye balls and the whiskers later on since you need to move fast with the candy melt. After you’re done with all of your candy melt, you can start painting your faces. Just draw a little eye ball with your food writer pen, then some whiskers with frosting or gel. The gel probably looks nicer originally (that is actually what I used), but it never really dries so it smears all over the plastic bags when I wrap them up, regardless of how long I wait. That is why I recommended white frosting for this – I think it will look nicer in the end. After your faces are on, I wait a few hours then start wrapping them up! These guys are super easy, but definitely have a bit of a WOW factor.
Baby Chick Cake Pops
I saw these on the cover of a cake pop kit at Target and thought, “how hard could that be?”. It wasn’t hard, and not worth the $10 or whatever they were charging to make 12 cake pops. These are probably even easier than the bunnies for a beginner, because you only need to worry about dipping, not decorating, when applying the candy melt. Once all of your chicks are done and your candy melt is starting to harden, just take an extra stick or a knife and dip it in your candy melt to apply the top feather swish and the two little side wings. Once everything is dry (which takes maybe 10 minutes total), draw on your eyes with the food writer, and your beak and feet with the frosting. I usually put my frosting into a ZipLock bag, then cut off a tiny bit of the corner for a make-shift piping bag. Cheap, easy, and fast. And that is it! I think the baby chicks were my favorite….specifically, roly poly baby chicks. Soooo cute!
For presentation, I found an old basket and filled it with the green Easter Basket filling that I only associate with making my jelly beans get lost (my Mom would sprinkle the basket with loose jelly beans and I could never find them through the grass!), then added a Beerster sign for the front. The first two pictures below are from Beerster, courtesy of Elaine’s blog - I was so excited upon my arrival to find a real, live miniature pony! And an actual bunny rabbit! So, so fun.