This summer I went to Minnesota for a wedding. The airport we flew into just so happens to be next to the Mall of America. This is possible the worst and best place in United States (aside from Fenway park, of course). I suppose considering how the weather gets there, this is a pretty darn good source of entertainment.
Amongst a trillion stores they also have a small amusement park, a giant mirror maze, every store you can think of, an aquarium, mini golf, a movie theatre, a comedy club, a Sponge Bob Square Pant store, a magic store, a Sanrio….
and a LEGO store.
Geeks, proceed to drool.
We have a LEGO store near Boston, but it is nothing in comparison.
They have play tables, and they even let you design your own LEGO person.
Now my male friends tend to appreciate anything that can be built into an automobile, or something that kills. I was obsessed with the castles and trying to build pimped out houses.
You know? A house with like 7 patios, 18 windows, 4 garages.. and a gazebos. So pimp.
Now check this out.
I can just see the LEGO designers brainstorming in a white meeting room with a white shiny glass table and buckets of LEGO’s,
“Our brand attracts a strong engineering nerd demographic, however, there is great room for capitalizing on the sci-fi geek population. It is an eccentric and disturbing community, yet growing exponentially. Any ideas?” [spoken in Danish, of course.]
Star Wars + LEGO’s = super awesome geek
I cannot claim that I am a super awesome geek (although my brother made me watch Star Wars a billion times as a kid, and I did ask my parents for an Ewok for Christmukkah. I am still waiting for my Ewok). There is very little geek in me. Sadly, I can only claim the super awesome portion. Sigh. Life is so tough being only a super awesome person, and not a super awesome geek [Meghan].
I might not be a geek, but I am without a doubt a big tool bag.
As cool as the Woody statue was, it was the LEGO statue on top of the store roof that made me want to cry.
Ummm I know, it is difficult to believe that this is made of LEGO’s but it is. Notice the people on the floor below to the right? That is how large this thing is.
…and the backside. Always need a glimpse of the bootie.
If I was famous, I would hire this robot as my body guard.
After I wrote on my Facebook fan page about visiting the LEGO store, a follower confessed about her difficulty with creating LEGO cake pops.
I have a difficult time refusing a challenge.
Inspired by my visit to the LEGO store, I will show you how to make LEGO cake pops and cake bites in two different posts.
Each has a very different results. The cake pops required materials easier to find, but also more difficult to make. The cake bites used materials you would need to order materials but easier for beginners and has a more “neat look.”
Today we begin with cake pops.
Here is what you need for the LEGO cake pops:
- a baked cake (any flavor)
- frosting (any flavor)
- candy melts (any color, I chose basic LEGO colors blue, red, and yellow as my colors. I also prefer to use regular white chocolate and color it with candy dye, but candy melts are fine)
- lollipop sticks
- optional: clean paintbrush
- wax paper or aluminum foil
*If you are new to making cake pops, and need more guidance with candy melts and making the cake filling click here.
Another quick note. The person I owe credit to for the basic cake pop concept is Bakerella. She created cake pops and even has a book on how to make the cutest cake pops. At the bottom of this post there will be a link to her site and I strongly recommend you go visit!!
Begin my mixing you cake and frosting together until it is moldable (again, click on link for more specifics).
Take your cake mixture and roll it out. It should be very thick, as it needs to be high enough to stick a lollipop stick inside of it.
Cut out rectangles with a large knife. I used my first rectangle to cut out the others so that they were all uniform in shape and size.
If you like, you can refrigerate the block of cake mixture so that it stays together better when you cut it. I was too impatient and just cut it.
Pop them into the refrigerator to harden.
Now you need some Smarties…
Spread melted candy melts or chocolate onto the bottom of six Smarties, and stick them to the top of the cake rectangles.
Keep in mind when you cut the rectangles that they are large enough to fit six Smarties. Duh.
Put them back into the fridge to harden. Usually I would leave it for 15 minutes but the air conditioning was not on so it took them a tad longer. Baking without AC = loads of fun.
I was not able to show this part because you have to work quickly. I melted the chocolate/candy melts in a heat-safe tall mug in the microwave. I heated it in 20 second spurts, then mixed it in between.
If your chocolate/candy melts are not melting smoothly, you can add a little vegetable oil (some people say shortening, but shortening frightens me).
Once it is smooth and melted through, also make sure that the mug is filled enough so that the entire pop will be covered when you dip it in.
Remove the cake rectangles from the fridge. Dip a lollipop into the chocolate and stick it into one end of the cake, about halfway through.
Then dip the entire cake pop into the chocolate. Don’t swirl it around.
Quickly and carefully shake off excess chocolate. If it is too delicate to shake, tap the stick against the edge of the mug.
Place it onto a piece of wax paper or aluminum foil. Then use another lollipop stick or a clean paintbrush to push chocolate that is stuck in between the Smarties. I push as much as possible off to the side.
As the chocolate melts down the sides, I wait for it to partially dry and then move it to a new spot on the wax paper. Otherwise, the chocolate puddle will dry with it and then the pop will have some ugly circle stuck to the bottom I moved the pops about two times.
If you have not made cake pops before, I suggest trying regular-shaped cake pops first. you need to work quickly to get the chocolate out from in between the smarties or else you will not see the little knobs (or studs, in LEGO language).
If you are a beginner and are dying to make edible LEGO’s, I will be posting part II beginning of next week. It requires ordering material, but demands less skill.
I want to build a LEGO mansion right now.
Oh, and you do not need children for this. You would be surprised as to how many adults would be delighted to visit their childhood past. If you have a pal that loved LEGO’s as a kid, this would be an amazing surprise.
Nostalgia is a very powerful thing.
Although the LEGO portion was my concept, cake pops were invented by the amazing Bakerella. Please visit her blog here.
To see part II and make these beauties, click here.
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