One of my friends from my Girl Scout Troop is about to embark on the wonderful journey of motherhood. She is the first one in our group to have a child (and she was the first to get married !) I volunteered to make the dessert for her baby shower since my sister and I are very interested in baking. She has been working on finding great recipes for quite awhile now and also perfecting her cupcake skills. The cake pop idea is new to us so we thought the baby shower would be a great opportunity to try out our work on a bunch of people.
I needed to come up with a way to display the cake pops. Originally we were thinking of sticking them into cupcakes so each person would have the cake pop with their cupcake, but the pops were way too top heavy. I scoured the internet for photo ideas, but really nothing stood out to me that would work for the vision in my head. I decided instead to just head down to Michaels and search for something that would work.
This is what I came up with:
Fake flowers pushed into styrofoam inside a white basket. Perfect idea since I will be able to reuse the flowers, if needed and the styrofoam! I gifted the basket to the mother-to-be.
The cake pops this time around were picked out by the mother throwing the party. She wanted a baby head and a chocolate cake. Previously we have only used box mixes and frosting for the trial runs, but this time we wanted to make it extra tasty and make it from scratch. We went with this great chocolate cake that had hot coffee in it. It turned out delicious! For the frosting we tried a new frosting recipe that was a chocolate cream cheese. Sooo good!
Once the cake and frosting were ready I followed the same procedure for making cake pops. You can go here to read the basics for making the pops.
Here they are almost finished...just need eyes =) Candy necklace piece for pacifier, candy melts made into nose and bow.
Blue eyes for the mom-to-be...thanks to my mom for improvising on the eyes. It was suggested that I use an edible marker for the eyes but it didn't work on the surface. Last minute scramble and my mom saved the day. She happened to have a squeeze tube of icing and food dye!
|This little guy was the best one...and later eaten by my best friend =)|
We placed the little girl pops in the field of flowers, with the styrofoam keeping them secure.
|Andrea goofing around before she ate the best pop|
Here is a pic of the frosting being made. It really was sooo good. I hope we find an excuse to make it again soon=)
Besides the cake pops, we decided to also make cupcakes, even though we weren't asked to. I baked them and made the frosting this time around and my sister and mom did most of the work on the paper designs. They did such a great job!
I really enjoyed making these, hopefully we can do this again soon!