How to Make Animal Cake Pops
Cake pops were a huge trend in 2014 and it seems that this trend is set to stick around for a little while longer. Cake pops are a great alternative if you don’t want to make a whole cake, and there are so many different things you can create!
The bite-size spherical sponge can be decorated with all manner of yummy edible treats from melted chocolate to icing, you could even get the kids involved in the decorating . . .
1. Make the cake batter of your choice and bake in the cake pop mould according to the instructions. Let the cake balls cool completely before decorating.
Top Tip!…Trim cake balls with clean kitchen scissors to remove any joins and ensure a smoother finished result.
To make the Frog
1. Dip the end of each stick into melted green Candy Melts and insert into cake ball (approximately two centimetres). Stand the cake pops in a polystyrene cake dummy or cake pop stand, and put them in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up.
2. To make the frog’s eyes, take some white Candy Melt buttons and use a large piping nozzle to cut away a third of each Candy Melt to leave a crescent shape – do two for each cake pop.
3. Remove the cake pops from the fridge and have your bowl of melted green Candy Melts and your white eyes ready to go. Dip each cake ball in the green melts to fully coat, and gently shake off the excess. Add the two eyes before the green Candy Melt has set.
Top Tip!…If you find the Candy Melts a little too thick to coat the cake balls evenly and smoothly then you can add a drizzle of vegetable oil to thin it slightly.
4. Put each cake pop in the fridge to set as soon as you have added the eyes. When the cake pops have set it’s time to add some detail. Use a little melted dark brown Candy Melts for the pupils of the eyes (use a pop stick to dab this on) and an edible black marker pen to draw on the mouth.
5. Add two dots of pink Candy Melts for the cheeks and you’re done!
To make the bee
1. Coat each cake ball in yellow Candy Melt as per the instructions for the frog. Whilst the cake pops are setting in the fridge, prep the bee’s wings.
2. Use a sharp knife to trim two white Candy Melt buttons for the wings of each bee. Melt the dark brown Candy Melts and put into a disposable piping bag – snip off the very end with scissors.
3. Pipe four stripes across the top of the cake pop and add the wings immediately before the stripes set.
4. Melt some white Candy Melts (use the off cuts from the wings) and dab on two dots for the eyes.
5. Add the pupils using the dark brown Candy Melts and lastly draw on the mouth with the edible marker pen.
To make the piggy
1. Dip your lollipop sticks into melted pink Candy Melts and insert sticks into the cake balls as per instructions for the frog – but don’t dip the whole cake pop just yet! Chill the cake pops in the fridge while you prepare the pig’s ears.
2. Use a sharp knife to cut a pink Candy Melt button in half and then into six equal triangles (enough for three piggy pops)
3. Use some melted pink Candy Melt to fix two ears to the top of each cake ball. Return the cake pops to the fridge to set.
4. Remove the cake pops from the fridge and dip each one in melted pink Candy Melts to completely coat the cake ball and the ears. Return to fridge to set hard.
5. Use a little melted pink Candy Melt to fix a whole pink Candy Melt button to the pig’s face for the snout. Leave to set and then add two dots of white Candy Melt for the eyes.
6. Melt a little dark brown Candy Melt and add pupils to the eyes and nostrils on the snout to finish.