With springtime approaching, its time to start thinking of some spring baking projects. Cake pops are increasingly popular and also adorable. Make a cake pop bouquet for a super cute centerpiece or give one as a gift. They are great for adults as well as kids and easy to eat too! Follow these easy directions to make a fun spring cake pop bouquet.
What you will need:
- Cake balls
- Dark green candy coating
- Red candy coating
- Sucker sticks, long and short
- Sucker stand or piece of styrofoam
- Small amounts of rolled fondant in assorted colors
- Small flower gumpaste or cookie cutters
- Piping gel
- Candy eyes
- Black candy writer
- Flower pot
- Green candy beads
- Candy clay
Prepare cake balls according to recipe. Chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Melt dark green candy coating using a microwave or double boiler. Remove a couple of cake balls from the refrigerator at a time to keep from getting too soft while working. Dip one end of sucker stick into the melted green coating and insert into cake ball. Let set. Continue with the rest, leaving one for ladybug. Once the coating in completely set, take one at a time and dip into green candy coating. Tap the stick on edge of bowl to get rid of excess chocolate. Place in sucker stand to dry. Melt red candy coating for ladybug and follow same steps as you did with green. When red cake pop is completely dry, pipe a large half circle for the face using a black candy writer. Add candy eyes before chocolate is set. Pipe a line down the center of the back and add black dots. Fill a parchment bag with red candy coating to make a smile. For the flowers, cut rolled fondant using various styles and sizes of cutters or plunger cutters. Attach to green cake pops using a small dab of melted chocolate. Add any extra details to the flowers using piping gel. Fill bottom of clay pot with candy clay. Arrange cake pops by pushing into candy clay. Cover clay with candy beads.
Candy Clay Recipe
Melt 1 pound candy coating and stir in 2/3 cup corn syrup. Mix together and pour onto plastic wrap. Wrap tightly and let set for several hours. The clay will become very firm. Knead with hands to soften.