Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Piggy-pop: When Pigs Fly Cake Pops

Evolution of a piggy-pop, left to right (above): 
1. Attach 2 small cake balls to a lollypop stick with some candy melts. 
2. Dip in melted candy melts. 
3. Add white chocolate chips for ears, and white modeling chocolate shaped snout, arms and legs.  
4. Dip again. 
5. Attach piped white candy melt wings coated in sanding sugar with the melted pink candy melts. * If you would like more in depth how-to details, click here check out our last post: Mummy Cake Pops

Kids love cake pops. With hand-piped sparkling sugar-coated wings, and food-color painted faces, these seemingly huggable double-dipped delights are fun to make and fun to bite.

 18 by13:  These piggies were made as part of a birthday celebration for a very special thirteen-year-old girl named Anita, and seventeen of her sweet and thoughtful friends.

Above: Template for wings: Printed @ 100% on 8X10 paper.  Tape a piece of wax paper over the template and pipe the wings out of white candy melts.  Sprinkle with sanding sugar while still wet.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Yummy Mummy Halloween Cake Pops

 This is the scary story of when Cake Pops bite back...

The thing about making cake pops is that its pretty simple, but not necessarily always easy.  I've made cake pops before: quick, fun, no sweat. But this Halloween batch was different. With a small window of time to create 150 Cake pops, this is the sad cry-for-help-email exchange I had with friend Binky of Cakeb0t a few nights ago:
Me: "Hey, you...eech...I need help...I don't know why, but I cannot get my cake pops to work this time...I need to call on a professional! Why aren't my candy melts melting properly?"
Binky: "Ugh, candy melts! I know. What do they look like? I heat them in a plastic container. Take about half a bag and nuke for 30 seconds. Mix a bit and then 30 second intervals on half power until they start getting liquid. If they get too hot, they will seize, so I use the other half to seed the melts! Also depending on the color or brand, they just sometimes don't get very liquid, so I add shortening about a tablespoon at a time. If it seizes and looks grainy, then they are probably not fit to be saved! Sometimes they curdle if your melts are much warmer than the cake pop, so try for not very cold on the pops, not very hot for the melts! Ps I love my cake pop machine."
In the end,a plastic container, a drop of shortening and better temperature control did the trick! I also came across a video featuring Karen Tack of Hello Cupcake fame which was a super helpful little refresher course: How to Make Cake Pops
we used white chocolate pistoles instead of candy melts-- they tasted better and had a nice shine
just the right consistency of melted chocolate
dip the cake ball...
...straight down into the chocolate, and hold it there for a few seconds
pull the cake ball straight up and out of the chocolate
use your finger to apply more chocolate
swirl the additional chocolate around the pop by spinning the lollypop stick
continue to add chocolate
and continue to make swirls
this is Mariel, doing a wonderful job
the faces are painted on with gel food color mixes with a little bit of vodka
the gel color sets up well and doesn't smear (but will make little lips a ghoulish shade of black, until wiped away)
we made 2 different presentation boxes for the little Yummies:
this box is a 18"X12"X2" sheet of styrofoam covered in plastic wrap and then wrapped in decorative wrapping paper
for this box we glued 3" wrapping paper covered foam core walls around a 2" sheet of styrofoam covered in plastic wrap and then filled the top of the box with M&M's and Jellybellys (It took a surprising amount of candy to fill it up!--four 7.5 oz bags of jelly beans and three 7oz bags of M&M's)
Happy Halloween, ever more!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

We have a NEW website!

Here is a special sneak Peek at the one and only, brand spanking new, COMPLETELY REDESIGNED Cake Power website. Its filled with photo galleries of wedding cakes, sculpted cakes, tiered celebration cakes and Cookies.
Wedding Cake Gallery Page with Thumbnails
The Double Peony Wedding Cake

Pebbles and Creams Wedding Cake
 And, of course, oodles of cakes for Kids!

To see more, CLICK!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Nesting Ducks Baby Shower Cake

 What to do for a Baby Shower Cake? (...hmmm...tricky.) 
A cake about a baby, but for a lovely and sophisticated grown-up, with a great sense of style.  
Kate Sullivan Cake
(O.K., this is pretty much my answer for everything, but)... find a a cool object and make a big version of it in cake.
Kate Sullivan

kate Sullivan cake

The cake: approximately 22in. L x 13in. W x 18in. H
The Toy: (8in. L x 8in. W x 8in. H)  Floating Ducks by Kido
The cake's been eaten, but the toy remains. 
And hopefully, it will serve as a warm reminder of the baby shower and the time just before mother and child got to meet face to face.
...Oh yeah, and it will also probably be a really excellent bath toy!

Monday, May 20, 2013

♥ Teacher ♥ Appreciation Cake

Staff Appreciation Day is a big thing around our school. 
The kids are always excited to pitch in and let the faculty, administration, receptionist, maintenance, and all of the people who work at their school know how very much they are loved and appreciated.

Keira & Emily decorated smaller cakes to learn the ropes.
Our school auction item this year was a hands-on project: 
One or two children from the school would Design, help create and present a cake to the staff at a special staff appreciation dinner.
The honors went to Emily & Keira of the 8's/9's classes, and they did an amazing job! 

Starting with a great idea to represent the different grades on separate tiers using symbols: yard play for the 2/3's, blocks for the 4/5's, reading for 6/7's, math for the 8/9's and Greek gods for the 10's. 
The grades would go higher with each tier, like the floors of the school. (Although, I have to admit, that late one night I accidentally switched the math tier with the blocks tier...but people tend to be pretty forgiving when it comes to cake!)
Keira and Emily decided that they wanted to make stick figure kids to go on the cake, and chose a rainbow color palette.  Half the cake should be vanilla and half chocolate, so that everyone gets a choice.
The girls worked on everything from design, to rolling fondant, painting the colors with food coloring, to making the cake pops, that would later turn into the students on the cake.

rolling out fondant to cover their cakes
painting with food color
experimenting with chocolate
(it all flies by pretty quickly from that blue tier to the red!)