Bob-omb Cake "Pops"
My friend Ashley and I really needed a craft date, so when I told her about my cake pop idea the only question she asked was what to bring. While cake pop mania maybe over, these are still a very easy and cute treat to make, especially if you have a cake pop maker like Ashley does. We had a blast creating these little guys, and thank goodness my husband loves them as I have an abundance of cake balls in my house now. Want to join in on our fun? Here is our ingredient & tool list:
1 Box of your favorite cake mix (I chose a double chocolate cake as a request from the hubs)
Eggs, Water and Oil in the amount directed on the box
1 Bag of Melting or Baking chocolate
1 Box of Yellow fondant
1 Box of Blue fondant
1 Container of thick white homemade or store bought frosting
1-2 Bags of smaller cake pop sticks or toothpicks
Circular fondant cut-out tools
Exacto or similar Knife
We decided to cut out the fondant pieces first so that they had some time to dry and stiffen, normally that's not a good thing but this time it was. I took each color fondant separately and kneaded it just like dough until it was worked enough to throw a little corn starch on it and roll it out with a french pin. I did this on top of the parchment paper to prevent anything from sticking, remember this or it will be harder to cut the pieces out.
We didn't have a pattern or anything, we free handed most of the cut-outs, except for the circular pieces. Remember those circular fondant cut-out tools I mentioned in the list above? Well I highly recommend those, they were about $3 at Hobby Lobby and they made all the difference in the world for this project. For the top blue pieces we used the cut-out tool to create a smaller circle, and for the turn keys we put 2 holes close together and cut out the shape around them with the exacto knife to create an easy to replicate pattern.
A word of caution, it worked out really well that we did this together because we were able to cut out the pieces quicker than I would have alone. The fondant dries out very quickly and will need to be reworked a time or 2, as we had to. This is where the muscles part comes into play.
Once the fondant is cut out, roll them each back into balls and seal in an as air tight as possible bag in the freezer or fridge for use on another project.
Next we made the cake balls, now as I stated we were able to use a cake pop maker, which I again highly recommend though the more hands on method works quite well, just more time consuming and much dirtier. We mixed up the cake batter, placed a tablespoon into each form and voila, you have yourself 50 or so cake balls. We obviously didn't use every ball we made to create the pops, but with the amount of fondant we had left over, we definitely could have done them all.
A dark bakers melting chocolate was used to cover the balls, I tried to incorporate a black gel food dye into the first batch of chocolate I melted, but I learned my lesson there that chocolate doesn't play nicely with others. So we have chocolate bombs, and if you ask my husband he can't taste a difference.
And finally on to the assembly! I did buy the thicker cake pop sticks as I originally planned on making them actual pops but we ultimately deiced to show them sitting down all cute like. The sticks I bought were going to destroy the blue piece on top so Ashley had the brilliant idea (she has a lot of those) of painting the top of toothpicks for the wick, and it worked perfectly! The excess melted chocolate was used to glue the feet and turn key onto the hard shell of the cake ball.
Now for the eyes, they were the most challenging aspect of the project. I originally got an icing writing pen, which works great for a flat surface, not so much for a rounded ball, it was very thin and wont harden even in the freezer! (we tried to create dots on parchment, a-la candy dots to glue on) So another great Ashley idea was to use confectioners sugar whisked with milk to create a thick consistency that would stay put on the shell. I mentioned in the list above that a store bought frosting would work piped onto the shell as well, as long as it's thick and not runny it will work.
Here is a close up of one of the little guys for reference:
We had so much fun making these, and I can't wait for another craft date! It you have any questions or comments let me know!