Earlier this spring I collaborated with family members to celebrate several family 1st birthdays at one celebration. One of the homemade items I created for the special day were Cake Pops. Having enjoyed them as an occasional treat at Starbucks, I was excited to make this special treat. Now, honestly, most of my baked goods are super packed with yummy healthy goodness...cake pops are not. They are yummy, but they are truly a once every so often treat.
Our family theme for the party was Sesame Street, so I was inspired by Kara’s Party Idea’s Blog. I loved the simplicity of look of the edible street lamps.
As always, my husband added many creative ideas to this project.
1. Cake Pops take a LOT of time = Do the research
First, I did not anticipate how long the process, from start to finish, would take. They take a l o n g time. They were also a lot of fun to make. None of the steps are especially complicated, however, there are many steps involved in the process. There are amazing resources to walk you through the process. Here were my go-to support sites:
For the basics, I found that Chowhound's step by step instructional site to be supportive in getting me started.
Dina from Simply Home Cooked offers a solid step-by-step approach to making cake pops at home.
For a super detailed, really thoughtful & helpful tutorial, Danita from O Taste and See offers step-by-step instructions as offers fabulous suggestions for troubleshooting common issues. Her photos of ‘not quite right’ and ‘perfect’ consistency for the cake ball batter was totally my guide at this step of the process.
2. Add a Touch of Color to Your Cake Pops with Paper Straws
Inspired by A Little Slice’s use of paper straws, instead of cake pop sticks, the fancy bottom balanced the plain white cake pop. Unlike A Little Slice, we decided to trim our straws to offer us a little more stable base for the drying process and presentation.
I was a little worried at first that the straws would be too wide and wouldn’t work, but they fit perfectly, especially once my husband cut them. I was surprised, he just used our basic kitchen scissors, and snip--easy to hold cake pop sticks were ready in jiffy!
This touch of color really made a huge difference in the look of our pops!
3. Think Creatively for Holders for the