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24 April, 2012

Graduation cake pops

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If you’ve followed my blog at all you’re probably wondering if I’ve changed the goal of my blog from healthy cooking to making cake pops.  The answer is “no I haven’t”.  I’ve just found a new fun thing to make for events and this time of year there are lots of events.  This one being graduation.

I’m going to continue to blog about healthy recipes that I’ve discovered or created with a dose of cake pops thrown in when the event presents itself. Like the one my son announced after he proposed to his girlfriend last weekend.  I’m sure there will be an opportunity to make some fun cake pops for that.

This one was for the class of seniors I teach and they graduate next week.  It was my last weekend to teach them since we’ll be gone for Memorial Weekend (headed to some sunshine in St. George Utah) so I wanted to do something special.  The reason there are two different colors is that I have almost half my students that go to one High School in our area and half go to another High School.  So I wanted to make they’re cap the colors they will be wearing.

After doing this I have some good pointers for anyone else who wants to try this. First of all don’t get the Wilton Edible pens.  They are junk. They didn’t work at all.  I ended up using melted chocolate in the colors I needed and a toothpick to put on the faces (Bakerella recommend Americolor but I couldn’t find those so I’ll have to order them online).  The faces didn’t turn out as good as I hoped but with the right pens next time they will.  I did have fun with the caps.  I found some square thin cookies in the gourmet cookie isle that were perfect.  I’d tell you the name of them but I threw away the box and I can’t remember what they were called.  Something like chocolate, cinnamon crisps.  I coated them in the color of the chocolate that I was using for the cap and laid them on a cookie sheet with parchment paper to harden (I attached the m & m on and the tassel at this time so they hardened on).  Bakerella says to pour the chocolate in square molds to make these caps.  You can try that if you can’t find the thin square cookies.  For the tassels I used some thin licorice I found in the candy isle that were green and blue. For the white one I used marzipan.  Then I took the cake pop from the freezer that I had shaped like heads and dipped them in some flesh colored chocolate ( I have a lot of different colors of Merkens chocolate so I took the peach and mixed it with a little white to get this color).  Then I set them flat on the cookie sheet with parchment paper with the stick in the air.  I decided I wanted a little flatter head to put the cap on.

After that chocolate hardened, I dipped the head in just a little into the blue (or green) to make the bottom of the cap.  Then I stuck the square piece on top of that.  Stood them up in the Styrofoam (I wrapped it in some blue wrapping paper) to harden.

Then I took them to class and gave them to all the seniors.  Here’s a picture of some of them.  I think the picture says it all.

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