After stumbling across Bakerella's blog after seeing her hamburger and fries
both here and on cake wrecks, I really couldn't help myself when I saw these Smiling Cake Pops
The premise is simple enough - make a cake, crumble it up, stir in a can of frosting, roll them into balls, jab lollipop sticks into them then dip them in melted chocolate, and I needed to bring something to a family event I figured I'd give them a try.
A few disappointments with them though:
1. Not all edible markers can write on chocolate. Chocolate is oily, the markers I got were not suitable (Wilton's FoodWriter Edible Color Markers - the only ones at my local Michael's). It was like trying to write on a sheet of wax paper with a ball point pen, so only 2 got faces on them. I was really hoping to take the markers and let the kids draw on their own faces, but it wasn't meant to be this time.
2. Instructions say to pop them in the freezer to firm them up. I'm pretty sure that's why about 1/4 of mine ended up getting big cracks in the coating (warm coating + cold cake ball =
Still though, they were pretty easy once I got the hang of how to coat something in chocolate. I've got my baking friends now on the quest to find me markers that will write on chocolate in Canada because I know I'm going to make these (or the animal variants) again sometime.