We had a very busy Father’s Day weekend. Saturday we went to a BBQ for K’s family, and Sunday we had a housewarming party/BBQ for his boss. I, of course, offered to bring a dessert to both! I already had cake balls or pops in mind, and as of Friday had decided to make strawberry cake pops with white candy coating. However, as I was driving home from Michaels, supplies in tow I had a brilliant idea!! It’s summer, we are going to a BBQ…why not make cake pops that look like strawberries?? So, I went back to Michaels to get red candy melts, and began the process – which I completed over 2 days.
I made the cake pops for his family BBQ, and while it was a challenge in the beginning to figure out the process, they came out pretty cute. However, getting into a hot car with them proved a bit disastrous. Several of the strawberries decided they would rather be pops, and slid down the stick to sit on the styrofoam below…but most of them made it intact, and they were a big hit with the family. Not to bad for my first attempt at pops!
However, I did decide that for the remaining half, I would just prepare them as cake balls – since we would be traveling to the second BBQ as well. I found the preparation to be much easier for the balls, and while I had a minor equipment malfunction (my decorating tip refused to stay in the bag, so I had to apply the leaves with a knife), I think they turned out pretty darn cute! I am still working on perfecting the smooth texture, etc as I see in Bakerella’s book…but for a novice cake baller…I am pleased with the results. As a side note, after I thought of my brilliant strawberry idea, I remembered that I had also seen one in Bakerella’s Cake Pop book. I didn’t follow her decorating suggestions, I used my own…but you should definitely check hers out!!
- Strawberry Cake Mix* (as well as water, eggs & oil as specified on box)
- 1 container Strawberry Icing*
- Medium cookie scoop (or tablespoon)
- Wax Paper
- 2 Cookie Sheets
- 2 – 14 oz bags of red candy melts
- 1 – 14 oz bag of green candy melts
- Black decorating gel or edible marker (or white if you prefer)
- Leaf decorating tip
- Disposable piping bag (or a Ziploc works, too)
- Plastic bowl (deep, but narrow) for the red candy melts
- Serving table spoon
- Large styrofoam block (for cake pops)
- 48 lollipop sticks (for cake pops) or,
- 48 mini cupcake liners (for cake balls)