Monday, January 10, 2011
Under The Sea Cake Pops-Wilton "Pops In A Post" Contest
About 3 months ago, I decided to take on a new venture in my life. It was getting very close to my daughter's 4th birthday, and I really wanted to learn how to decorate cakes with fondant. So that's where my newest hobby began. She really wanted a Hello Kitty cake, and I was very determined to make it for her. I had a few bumps along the way but, it actually turned out really cute. It was a hit at the party, and I ended up getting an order from one of the guests to do a cake for her. So, a couple weeks later, I did another larger cake, and it was beautiful! All of her guests were asking for my info so they could also order in the future. That just thrilled me to death, especially since it was only my 2nd cake and it turned out so great.
Now of course, I can't just keep things simple. I started brain-storming on other ideas to add to my baking. You know, things like cupcakes, cookies, and just anything that could be decorated to look adorable. That is when I heard about Wilton's newest contest using cake pops. I had never heard of cake pops before, so I was extremely excited when I saw them. Cake pops are basically a ball on a stick, like a sucker, but made from cake, brownies, cookies, and rice cereal treats.
Of course I had to sign up for this contest!! I just had to try them out. What was even more exciting is that I actually got chosen to receive a whole pack of their Pops supplies!! My kids and I were beyond thrilled when we got the box and looked through all the cool stuff inside.
I kind of think maybe we went a little too ambitious for this being our first time making these. But as always, you learn as you go, so I now know things to do better next time I make these.
To make cake pops, the first thing you do is make a cake (from a mix) and add in one box of instant pudding. I used 2 8 inch cake pans, or you can do one cake in a sheet. I decided to use stuff I already had on hand, so our cake was chocolate and with banana flavored pudding. Just an FYI, this is very delicious! Ok, now after your cake is made, you only need half of what you made. So put one cake up for next time, or if you did a sheet cake, cut it in half, and save the other half. Next, take the half you are using and crumble it up very finely and add in half a can of store bought icing. Mix your crumbles and icing together until well blended. Then, just roll your balls into the sizes you want, or you can shape them. Wilton has a whole line of molds and baking pans that you can use, too!
Now, chill your cake balls, and then add in the sticks by dabbing the end in melted candies. Let them chill again. Now you are ready to decorate! This is the fun part and you can just let your mind create all sorts of different things.
Introducing Spongebob, Gary, Patrick, Squidward, and their tropical friends!
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Disclosure: I was sent free products from Wilton in exchange for a post about my own creative cake pops. 10 finalists will be chosen and those finalists have a chance to win the grand prize of a $500 Visa gift card while the other 9 finalists will win a $100 Visa gift card