Today’s Reader Guest Post for The Holiday Project:
Kaitlin from Woodland, California
[Kaitlin is the biggest animal lover I know, so it's perfect that she made bear-shaped cake pops! I love it! They're so adorable and perfect as a homemade holiday gift!]
My Name is Kaitlin Vaughn, I’m 20 years old and am working on my 3rd year at UC Davis. My family has always been getting me involved in the kitchen since I can remember and I love to bake! We had a family bakery a couple of years ago where we made ice cream, cookies, cakes, cupcakes, and…Cake Pops! I remember working one slow day and finding the little teddy bear cookie cutter. It was close to the holiday’s and I got an idea to make cake pops that look like little teddy bears! I used what I knew from following the Bakerella recipie on cake pops and just made them how I wanted. The cake pops sold really well and I try to make them during the holidays every year now!
My Friend Marina helped me with this batch of Teddy Bear Cake Pops. She wanted to learn how to make them and I was making quite a bit! It’s always fun and helpful to bake with somebody else. She even decorated some of the teddy bears with a scarf! Cake pops can pretty much be made into anything you can imagine and they’re always cute and tasty!
Teddy Bear Cake Pops (Original Recipe/Source from Bakerella)
- 1 box of cake mix, any kind (I used chocolate fudge and Funfetti)
- 1 can of frosting, any kind (I used homemade buttercream)
- 2 bags of candy melts
- lollipop sticks
- teddy bear shaped cookie cutter (or any other style you want to use)
- shortening (optional)
- decorative frosting/icing (optional)
*Note: Since I used 2 boxes of cake mix to make the two different types of cake pops, I doubled this recipe.
Recipe/Procedure: Start with any boxed cake mix of your choice. I used chocolate fudge and Funfetti cake mix. Just bake the cake as the directions state on the back of the box. It doesn’t matter what cake pan you use, I just find a regular 13x 9 easiest. Once the cake is finished, just let it cool for the proper amount of time. You can even do this the night before you want to start making the cake pops!
Here comes the fun part if you like to get messy! Get a rather large mixing bowl and break off the cake piece by piece into the bowl. Use your hands (wear gloves if you want) and mash up the cake until it’s all crumbly. Then, spoon in any frosting of your choice. I prefer homemade butter cream frosting, but you can use any canned frosting. Start with one spoon-full at a time while mixing it with the cake. You only want enough so you can pick up a chunk of the mix and form a little dough ball and it doesn’t crumble apart. Always start with less frosting- you can always add more later!
I have a little tiny cookie cutter in the shape of a teddy bear. You can use any cookie cutter or form your own shape with the cake pop dough. Squish as much dough into the cookie cutter as you can and take off the excess. Once it looks like the picture above, ease it out of the cutter in one piece and place it on a baking sheet that is covered in wax paper. Get Lollipop sticks and a small bowl of melted candy melts or chocolate. Dip the tip of the stick into the melted candy and stick it in the cake pop. Once you have all of the pops on a baking sheet like the picture below, the can be placed into the freezer for about an hour. (Leaving them in the overnight is okay too!)
Dipping the Pops: I just use Wilton’s candy melts, but you can use any form of chocolate that can be melted and re-melted. Melt the chocolate in a bowl that is tall enough to dip the cake pop. You may have to add small amounts of shortening at a time to make sure the dip is thin enough that it will coat the entire cake pop. *Let the cake pops that come out of the freezer stay out for at least 5 minutes until you dip them in the melted chocolate. They could crack if you dip them too soon.* Once they are dipped, the can go back on the baking sheet and stay at room temperature until you’re ready to decorate them or eat them!
Decorating: You can make your own decorative and colorful frosting or just use Wilton’s decorating icing like I did!
Here is my Final Product!
I hope you enjoy them!