wer             All mothers are badasses. Even if you are sitting here shaking your head and saying, “Nope my mom is no badass. She scrapbooks and cried over the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” you are wrong. Momma’s a badass. If she went through childbirth, she is a badass. If she raised at least one child, she is a badass. She wiped your poopie, and boogers for you. Bad. Ass.

 

           Cake pops are pretty badass too. So you should give her something for Mother’s day that will remind her of… her bad ass self.

          Now, when I told my mother yesterday that I wrote a post dedicated to her, she asked me if the recipe had chocolate in it. Crap. What was I THINKING?? Most chicks like chocolate, and mothers just so happen to be chicks (in case you didn’t know). My mom is no exception. She will eat an entire bar of dark chocolate if placed in front of her.  Don’t get me wrong, she would obsess over the cupcake-stuffed strawberries. Chocolate, however, is her kryptonite. Before I share the recipe, let me first tell you a little something that my mother did a few weeks ago. She sent an email to me and my siblings. It is a beer commercial. For men. Typed below the video she also included a little message to my brother.

The video is pretty funny.

 The fact that it was my mother who sent the video is what made it hilarious.

            WARNING!!!!!:  This video could be offensive to some people. I hope that you realize I am by no means supporting the message of the commercial (unless that message is to drink beer, then I am absolutely supporting that message.. but any other messages you interpret I do not). The point is that my mom does funny things. Like your mom. 

 

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Below the video she wrote to my brother, “Go take some ballet classes.”

Badass.

 

           

 

 

     

             After that email, this is the least I can do for her. Once your own mother bites into these pops and tastes the chocolate, I swear she will forget about the time you stole a dollar from her purse. For Real. Unless that happened when you were 28. Then you are a lost cause.

 

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Here is what you need:

- chocolate cake (made from scratch is lovely, cake mix if you must, store-bought cake if you are really in a rush)*

- chocolate frosting (made from scratch is lovely, pre-made in a can if you must, on a store-bought cake if you are really in a rush)*

- green food dye *

- candy melts ***

- sanding sugar (colorful crystal sprinkles)**

-lollipop sticks***

- toothpicks***

- clean, unused paint brush***

- piping bag with piping tip and coupler***

   - styrofoam***

*If you are using cake mix and pre-made frosting, those are in the baking aisle of your local grocery store. Green food dye is available by the spices, which usually is also in the baking aisle.

**Sanding sugars can also be found in the baking aisle in grocery stores, but choices are limited to about two colors. If you want nicer colors lookup a baking supply store, or arts and crafts store in your area.

***Candy melts, lollipop sticks, paint brush, styrofoam, piping bag w/tip and coupler are all available in arts and crafts stores and baking supply stores.

ALSO:  The cake pop concept is not my own, but this technique is. This is my adapted version. Bakeralla is the inventor of cake pops, and I have provided a link to her site at the bottom of the post

If you do not know how to put together a piping bag with tip and coupler, watch this video on how to do it:

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First, bake your cake (or buy it, you lazy bum..jk) and make your frosting. Once the cake is cooled, crumble it up.

Mix enough frosting into the cake so that it is very moist but not relentlessly sticking to your hands.

Mix cake and frosting together

Try not to eat half of the frosting like I did. I can’t help it. I’m a chick.

Use a 1/8 measuring cup to portion out the cake. I used a little less than 1/8 of a cup.

Then roll each into a ball.

Roll cake into a ball

Press the ball down slightly to flatten the bottom. Use your fingers to pinch the top little by little, until it is shaped like a bell.

use fingers to pinch it into a bell shape

  Place them on wax paper, and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.

 In the meantime, use a paintbrush to lightly coat the lollipop sticks with green food dye.

Do not use a lot, or the sticks could unravel. For real.

Use paint brush to color lollipop sticks green

I patted the sticks with a paper towel to get out as much moisture and excess food dye as possible.

            Place a couple of candy melts in a heat-proof container. Take your pops out of the fridge.

Melt the candy melts in 20 second spurts in the microwave. Dip your lollipop sticks into the candy melt, then push them halfway into the pops.

Dip lollipop stick into candy melt and then into cake pop

 

           Melt an entire bowl of candy melts in the microwave using 20 second spurts, and mixing in between. Although I don’t show it in the picture below, make sure you melt enough so that when you dip your cake pop in, it is totally submerged. The reason for this is because if you have to move it around a lot, the cake will fall apart. You want to be able to dunk it in, and then take it immediately out. When you take it out, hold the stick with your hand, twirl it very slowly, and tap your wrist as you turn it to gently shake off excess chocolate.

Dip cake pop into candy melt

I decided to make some of my flowers pink…

Dip cake pop into candy melt 2

…and some yellow. Pretty colors for spring.

Stick cake pops sticks into styrofoam to dry.

Once it is dry, reheat (careful not to make it too hot!) the candy melt and very quickly scoop it into your prepared piping bag.

Quickly fill piping bag with candy melt

Then pipe a spiral along the top of your flower.Use piping bag to pipe a spiral around the top of the tulip

Sprinkle the spiral with sanding sugar (colorful crystal sugar sprinkles) before it dries.

Use a toothpick if you like to scrape off excess sugar or neaten up spirals.

Immediately sprinkle some sanding sugar onto spirals

 

Now this is optional, and takes a little patience. I decided to pipe out “Mom,” and a couple of hearts onto a sheet of wax paper.

Pipe out words and symbols with chocolate or melting candy

I piped over the lettering a second time to make it thick, so that it would not break as easily.

Once dry, carefully peel your words or symbols off of the wax paper.

That’s a lot of moms.

That's a lot of moms

I then used a toothpick to dab on some melted candy melts, and very carefully place onto the side of a flower.

Carefully attach to tulip

I heart you.

cake, pop, heart, decorate

You’re done!

Flower cake pops

These are so much better than regular flowers.

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Now if you need to transport them in something pretty, buy a flower pot from a garden supply store, Home Depot, art supply store, or iParty.

I found this for less than $2.00 at iParty.

Put styrofoam in bottom of flower pot

           Rip up a piece of styrofoam (or purchase a shape that fits inside) and stick it into the bottom.

Tie a pretty ribbon around the top (I used a little double-sided tape to make the ribbon stay, probably depends on the pot).

Stick the pops through the styrofoam. Add some fake grass or green gift bag confetti to cover the styrofoam, if you like.

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 ****If you are considering posting up photos or ideas from this or any other posts I am truly happy that you are excited and find my recipes interesting enough to share with others. Please see copyright standards in the footer (bottom).     NOTE: The concept of a cake pop was created by Bakerella. If you want to make a simple, round pop then please visit her site. She is the messiah of cake pops, as far as the world is concerned.

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12 Responses to Flower Cake Pops. The Chocolatey Way to Tell Mom That She is Badass.

  1. spiceblogger says:

    LMAO! That video was so funny! And I love your mom’s sense of humor.
    Oh, and the cake pops are tooooooo cute and creative!

  2. Erin says:

    These are super cute! And a hilarious post!

  3. Awesome-Jossome says:

    The ballet video is a true story…I can vouch. These cake pops are YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMy! And if people want something more than chocolate cake, they could make these pops filled with cream so that they are Devil’s food cake pop’s or with raspberry jam/peanut butter/nutella/carrot cake and cream cheese frosting/ so on and so forth, whatever pleases your mom! Personalize your variation.

  4. Caroline says:

    Your mom is a riot. Let us know if your brother intends to take ballet. And, those cake pops look scrumptious. I could eat a whole bouquet.

    Caroline
    http://www.Beauty-Full.net

  5. Eftychia says:

    What a lovely idea. I will make a bouquet for my mum! Thanks for sharing.

  6. josie says:

    I love your bouquet of flowers. These are the best!
    Thank you sooooo much!

  7. Laura says:

    Just saw this today. Although the cake pops are cute, my comment is about your ‘copyright standards footer’. Amazes me you want to make sure you get all the credit — for an idea you basically Stole from Bakerella and never gave her any credit? Fraud!

    • Jasmin says:

      @Laura, You had to go back almost a year to find the one post where I forgot to cite Bakerella. As you can clearly see, I have cited her in all of my cakepop tutorials and simply forgot this very one. Thank you for pointing it out, however, and I have fixed it immediately.

      A fraud is somebody, who when reminded they have forgotten to (or purposely in some cases) cite or source, ignores the message, or claims, “I actually came up with this on my own. I have never heard of this blog/website/blogger before.” Then does not bother to cite.

      That is an interesting name to call someone who is often and willingly citing other sources. Obviously 1 Fine Cookie did not want to “make sure you get all the credit.”

  8. P says:

    Hi there, I recently stumbled upon your blog.. What a find! You are very talented. After reading that last comment, I felt compelled to add that (as someone who is a huge Bakerella fan) if you read Bakerella’s blog regularly, you’ll find that she lovingly encourages her readers to experiment with all different kinds of cake pops. And while she most definitely is responsible for making cake balls go mainstream, she’s never claimed to create the cake ball itself. Anyway, just my $.02. Have a great day!

    • Jasmin says:

      @ P. I am aware of Bakerella’a sharing policy. I personally choose to cite her because I do have a different sharing policy. It would be silly of me to have certain requests but not follow it when I borrow or take ideas from others. She may not have claimed it as her original idea, which is why I wrote her usually as the queen of cake pops or the creator “as far as I am concerned.”

  9. Maddy says:

    Wow! The green stems are a nice touch – they look perfect for Mothers’ day!

    I just made some flower cake pops too. I’d love if you checked them out :)

    • Jasmin says:

      @maddy, very cute! I wish I worked with fondant. Sadly, I don’t like the taste but it is very awesome to work with. The pops are beautiful.

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