Joanne MacLennan, a talented cake pop designer from Nova Scotia and guest blogger at our sister site, MyCandyCrafts.com, agreed to create a special fall-themed DIY cake pop for the Candy.com blog.
We were thrilled because her work is beautiful (see all of Joanne’s work at her blog, Merry Poppins.) Make one of Joanne’s creations and you will be an instant pop star at your next party!
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Sunflowers represent fall in my mind. The tall stocks and bright yellow petals are stunning. Ever spend hours as a kid picking out the seeds in the middle? Bring the sunflower field to your table with these sunflower cake pops that are sure to bring a smile to your guests!
Here’s what you’ll need:
• One Cake mix
• Homemade or store-bought frosting
• Candy melts
• Lollipop sticks
• Nonpareils, sugar pearls, and edible glitter
• Wax paper
• Flat plate or cookie sheet
• Microwaveable bowls for melting the candy melts
• Small plastic bag with the corner cut out to use as a tip for details, OR a decorating set with various tips
• Styrofoam block to stand sticks while waiting for cake pops to set
• Bowls to catch falling sprinkles
Here’s the how-to:
Before you start dipping your cake pops, break off the first little end of the candy corn.
For the complete directions on how to make a cake pop up to the dipping stage, please refer to my last post on MyCandyCrafts.com , and complete up to the end of step 8.
Once the cake pop is completely covered with melted chocolate, tap off the extra, and tip the cake pop to the side. Place the first candy corn about ¾ of the way from the bottom of the cake pop, and hold it in place until it stays. DO NOT let yourself be in a hurry with these guys.
Place the next candy right beside the first; hold it there a moment, and then repeat until you have gone all the way around. The candy corn are heavy, so GO SLOW. They want to slide right off the pop and land your lap. I promise.
Your chocolate on the cake pop will set before you complete the circle. Just dip the broken end into the melts and place it on the pop, again holding it for a moment.
Once you complete the circle of candy corn, place your cake pop in your stand to set and start another one. Once I finish all the flowers with the candy corn I go back and do all of the flower centers.
For the centers I made several designs. First, slightly warm the melts in the microwave. I used a small plastic bag and dropped a few tablespoons of chocolate into the corner. By snipping just a little bit off the corner of the bag, I have now created a tip that will control the amount of melt that comes out. I love this part!
On the top of the flower I made rings of chocolate around the inside edge, and then sprinkled them with black non-pareils. If you are going to make a center with more than one candy, do one section at a time so that the candies do not spread onto a section where you do not want them to be. Any mistakes you think you made with the chocolate will magically disappear once you sprinkle on the edible glitter or other candies.
Then I warmed my melts again, dropping some into my small bag, and did some swirls and zig zags on the bottoms of the cake pops. You can practice on wax paper first if you have an idea in mind.
Then when you are done practicing, the melts will set and anyone hanging around can eat your work, or you can re-melt your chocolate and use it again.
Voilà! You have sunflower cake pops! If you have any questions feel free to contact me, and good luck. These are eye catching, and people are going to love them!