Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gingerbread Men Cake Pops - Week 10 of the 12 weeks of cookies

These pop's are so cute, those poor snow people  lost their heads!
  So after last weeks cookie fiasco, and I say fiasco because there was disco dust all over the place, I am ready to get back to my thing.  Cake pops; it's my thing.  You know, because I like them.  Not because I invented them.  Just to be clear.  Anyway.....

  And we are getting close to the end of this super amazing cookie blog hop.  I will be sad when it's over.

  I wanted to show how to make a seasonal cake pop the easy way.  And to me easy means no hand shaping or cookie cutter stuff.  See, this is why I have silicon pan molds.  Well I have like 20, but hey at least I am finally using one.  Carrying on.

  First I made the basic cake pop filling using a chocolate cake and chocolate fudge icing.  And if I have to remind you that I like to use cake mix, well then you must think highly of me if you think I did scratch.  I mean think of it this way, you are going to make this awesome cake and icing and then tear it apart and smoosh it all together, so box mix and canned frosting makes it a little easier to bear.

  So I showed you different ways to shape cake balls here.  You basically take your cake ball mix, stuff it into the cavities of the mold them chill it until they are firm enough to pop out in one piece.  Some of mine had to be put back in the fridge for a bit because they fell apart, no big deal it all worked out. 

See? How easy is that!

If he only knew what was coming.

I sort of feel sorry for this guy, that had to hurt.
  Once the cake balls are ready, get your candy coating or chocolate melted and ready for dipping.  I used milk chocolate candy melts and mixed in white candy melts to get a gingerbread colour.  Then I put a cake man on wax paper, dipped a lolli pop stick in candy melts then, holding the cake man flat insert the stick half way into the cake man.  I sort of giggled when I did it, I know I am immature, but what can you do.  I blame my parents.   It's the right thing to do.

Dipped and decorated.
  I forgot to get an action shot, only because I don't really have three hands.  So once the stick is inserted, dip your little man in the melts and let some of the extra drip off.  Then drag the back of the man on the side of the bowl to help remove the extra candy melts.  Then put it on wax paper and decorate right away.  I did this because I was too lazy to go back and put dots of candy melts on and what not.  I used small white sugar pearls as the eyes and large red sprinkles as buttons.  If I did it again I would use smaller sprinkles, but I had these all separated for the other things I made, so we worked with it.  I use tweezers to put them on as they are so small.  I found a set of four different tweezers in the jewelery making isle in Michael's, I just made sure to wash them well.

  Then you let your little men dry out, and put them in cake pop bags and tie them all up.  They really were not much harder than a regular cake pop, and I find I have much less candy melt cracking with flat cake pops.  Think it has something to do with the fact the cake ball has room to expand in the back.  That is my theory anyway, and I am sticking to it.

I don't have another snowman losing it's head comment, so just admire the cuteness.
  Give them a try, not so hard at all.



Pamela said...

So so cute! :)

Lisa said...

I'm tickled pink just looking at your cute little cakes.

Margie Higuchi said...


Tracey Taylor said...

So cute and festive!!

Suzanne B. Webb said...

Great kids gifts, they'll love these!

Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl said...

Oh my, these are SOOO cute! I've been looking at buying one of those pans for awhile; now that I've seen how yours turned out--looks like I need to go get one ASAP!

Hinna said...

What a cute shape! How long did you have to refrigerate them for?

Unknown said...

Ashley I total think you need one:) Anything to help a fellow baker buy something LOL.
Hinna I was in a rush so I put them in the freezer for about half an hour then left them in the fridge as I worked on them.

Thanks all for visiting.

laurie said...

These are adorable!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

I love these! Your pops are so great. I can never get mine to stay on a stick and look good. I love the idea of using a mold!

Connie Mercer said...

I don't bake much but you are so making me want to try this. They are the perfect bite size!!!!

Adrianne Surian said...

Hey, I couldn't respond to your comment you left (you're set to no-reply) but I wanted to say thanks for dropping by and leaving a compliment! It makes my day when foodie-mamas validate my efforts in the kitchen, LOL.

You have a really cute blog, I'm a follower now!


Jennifer said...

These are super cute!