Reindeer and Snowman Cake Pops for the Holidays…


Creativity never ceases to amaze me. People continuously come up with innovative ideas in every possible area. Including baking. The concept of cake pops is extraordinary- there is so much you can do with a base that requires only two ingredients. When making these, you can get really creative- they’re fun to eat and make the most appealing, appetizing gifts of all.

I asked one of my friends to come help me make these. Mariana and I have known each other since the second grade. She’s always there when I need someone to talk to and is incredibly reliable. She’s generally a very cool person and always has the most unique things- whether it comes to earrings for Christmas or necklaces. I love giving her things I bake because her reactions are always so flattering- so I wanted to include her in one of my videos.

We had a hard time deciding what to make, since there are so many things out there yet to be tried. But to me, these cake pops seemed perfect. They definitely have an individualistic touch in comparison to the average cake or cookie and have a nice Christmas-y twist. Cake pops aren’t very common in Poland, so there’s always a wow-factor that comes with these.

Because these are comprised of only a few ingredients, it is essential to use the best products you can find. I used a decadent dark chocolate cake with good quality store-bought vanilla frosting. The dipping chocolate is also quite crucial- especially if these chocolatey creations are a gift to someone. Use a chocolate brand that you like to eat plain. Finally, be patient. The main difficulty I have with making cake pops is my inability to wait. Make sure the cake balls are in the freezer until they are almost rock-solid to touch before dipping. Otherwise, you will end up the ball falling apart when dipping. A chocolate-y mess. Which tastes delicious- so if that does occur, you can always just eat it.

To make the cake pops described below, please watch the video- it’s difficult to describe everything, and an image is worth 1000 words.  I’m guessing a video is worth more.

Do try these out for Christmas, they will be a hit.

For the basic cake pop mixture
*1 7-8 inch cake
1/4 cup frosting
melted chocolate or candymelts of your choice (overall, you will need around 340 g of melted chocolate)
Lollypop sticks of thick skewers
(makes around 20)

Method
1. Crumble the cake – I find that using a fork works well. You can also use your fingertips.
2. Add  the frosting until the crumbs form a dough-like consistency.
3. Roll the mixture into 1 inch (in diameter) sized balls and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
4. Dip a lollypop stick into melted chocolate and place into the center of the ball. Repeat this procedure with the rest of the balls.
5. Place the tray into the freezer (for around 30 min – 1 hours) making sure the sticks are up straight.
6. Dip into remaining melted chocolate.

* You can use any sized cake you want- the frosting amount will vary depending on the moisture of the cake.

For the snowman cake pops
– Melted white chocolate (150 g is good)
– Thin strips of colored liquorice
– M&Ms
– black/ brown sprinkles
– Orange heart-shaped sprinkles
– Styrofoam block

Method
1. Pour the melted chocolate into a tall glass- this makes it easier to tip. Hold the stick and dip the cake pop straight into the chocolate, tapping off the access. You’ll need to work quickly as the white chocolate hardens on the cool ball pretty quickly!
2. Place 2 M&Ms on either side of the pop and connect with the colored liquorice strips. Make sure the strip is a good length- not too long or short.
3. Make a face using the black/ brown sprinkles- alternatively wait till the chocolate has hardened then use a edible black pen or a thin paintbrush dipped in black food coloring to draw on the face.
4. Place the heart sprinkle in the middle so that the bumpy side is pressed into the chocolate.
5. Gently push the lollypop stick into the Styrofoam block to let the cake ball continue to harden.


For the reindeer cake pops
– Melted bittersweet chocolate (150g is good)
– Red M&Ms or large sprinkles
– White confetti sprinkles or small breathmints
– Black food coloring/ edible pen
– mini twisted pretzels cut/ broken into half or “E” letter mini pretzels
– Styrofoam block

Method
1.  Pour the melted chocolate into a tall glass- this makes it easier to tip. Hold the stick and dip the cake pop straight into the chocolate, tapping off the access.
2. Place the confetti sprinkles to form eyes.
3. Place a red M&M or sprinkle in the center to form a nose.
4. Press the Pretzels on the top to form antlers.
5. Once the chocolate has hardened, dip a thin paintbrush into black food color and dab the white confetti with black to form eyeballs. Then make a smile under the red nose. Alternately do this with an edible pen.
5. Gently push the lollypop stick into the Styrofoam block to let the cake ball continue to harden.