May 24, 2012

Summertime Cake Pops

With summer right around the corner I thought it only fitting to make some treats that scream, “bring on the heat”! I was fortunate to have the help of a longtime girlfriend, H, and her niece K, when it came time to decorate. With our theme decided, we made watermelon, ice cream, and mojito cake pops.

The watermelons were made from strawberry cake with mini chocolate chips for the seeds, and a strawberry buttercream. As decorating got underway, we decided to improvise a bit with the watermelons and so the resemblance was only in spirit. They were dipped in green and then drizzled with white.

For the mojitos I made a mint cake and then used a lime buttercream to hold it all together. These were dipped in white and then sprinkled with sugared lime zest. These were my fave and even the man, who was suspect about cake pops, liked them as well.

The ice creams were formed from mint chocolate chip cake balls dipped in pink, topped with sprinkles and then placed on a sugar cone. A couple of the cones were temperamental and so turned into extremely cute versions of dropped ice cream cones.

We had a great time decorating the pops, but honestly, I will not make them again. I sent H home with my leftover supplies so they don't go to waste. The end results were absolutely darling, but the time and supplies needed to get there was a bit excessive for me. As H pointed out, one time saver is to use boxed cake mix and canned frosting. I highly recommend that you grab a friend or two when you undertake this, it will be much more enjoyable. And maybe also some wine.

Simple Buttercream Frosting
2 C confectioners sugar
1/2 C unsalted butter, room temp
1 t vanilla
2 T milk

Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla and milk and mix until well combined. Depending on what you are using the frosting for, adjust the thickness by adding more milk or sugar.

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