Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Put Your Paws Up

My friend Sharon asked me to make some cake pops for her daughter Lizzie's 6th birthday. She asked if I could make a cherry vanilla cake with a dark purple coating and a white paw print. The paw print was to represent Lizzie's school, where she would be passing out the treats to her classmates. The school's mascot is a panther. Above is what I came up with. I did have to mix some orchid candy melts with some dark blue and red candy melts to create the purple because I couldn't find dark purple candy melts. The paw is made from marshmallow fondant. I loved the way the turned out. :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Teacher, Teacher, Can You Teach Me

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! This year I didn't make the kids treats to take in with their valentines. One, because one of the my kids' classes has a student who is allergic to nuts, and we have been asked not to send in homemade treats for that student's safety, and two, because I would have needed 56 cake pops to cover just the kids! That doesn't even include the teachers, which between my three children, there are 6 of, and I always like to give the teachers a little something. So this year, I just made some special treats for them, and it wasn't cake pops ,which three of the teachers might be a little upset about since they have had them the past two years and this is their last year to get them...oh well.

This year I made cookies.
I started off by baking some rectangle cookies and icing them in green royal icing.

After they dried, I made a border with brown marshmallow fondant.

Then I cut up some straws and filled them with melted white chocolate. I put the straws in the freezer for just a little bit, and then peel away the straw to reveal a stick of white chocolate.

I dusted the green royal icing with a little powdered sugar and attached heart sugar cookie that I had iced and sprinkled with light pink sugar. I glued the heart in place with some melted white chocolate.

Then I glued on the sticks of white chocolate, or chalk as it was meant to look like, and I was all finished with my sugar cookie chalkboards for my children's teachers. I hope they enjoy them. :)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Splish Splash

I have had a couple of cake pops orders lately, so I decided to feature one of them today. My friend Carson's son just turned four. And for his pool party, he asked his Mom to order cake pops to give as a favor. At first the cake pops were just going to be blue to match the pool water. Then I thought maybe I could make them into fish or starfish, but that felt more beachy than pool to me. (I know, I'm crazy). So I ended up making beach balls. I know, also beachy, but you are more likely to find a beach ball at a pool then you are a starfish right?

I made my basic chocolate cake pop and dipped them in white chocolate. Then I colored some marshmallow fondant red, blue, and yellow, and using a small cookie cutter, created the stripes on the ball. After that, I use a small round cutter to finish off the tops and the bottoms.

I was a little worried they weren't going to look right until half way through making them, my 5 year old came up and told me were cool looking beach balls. Success!