I stumbled across Bakerella through someone’s favourites on flickr (I think) and after favouriting almost every single photo of her Cake Pops, added her as a contact. The minute I set eyes on her Reindeer Cakepops, I was smitten. I had to take a go. Every fibre of my being knew I needed to try to make them.
The process is pretty simple, but a little time consuming. In a nutshell, you bake a cake, crumble it up and mix it with icing. Then roll that into wee balls, drop a lollipop stick in, dip it in chocolate and decorate. Easy, right? Yes and no.
Easy if you’re not a perfectionist and don’t mind lumpy balls. (Heh. Lumpy balls). Not so easy if you only realize after freezing the cake balls prior to chocolate dipping that you should have taken more care to get the balls perfectly round.
Thankfully, I’m ok with the lumpy-headedness. It gives them more personality I think.
Some of the reindeer were badly mis-shapen and ended up with head wounds. I put the yellow confetti on those and made them into zombies. Of course they were among the first to be eaten. Who can resist reindeer zombies?
I think the hardest part of the whole project was sourcing the sticks and some of the decorating bits. I ended up in the cake decorating section at Michael’s but I wasn’t overwhelmed with choices. Surely there must be a better place for confetti and icing pens.
Next time (oh, yes. there will be a next time) I’ll run the cake through a few pulses in the food processor for better crumbliness. I think I’ll also try and find a better way to paint on the mouths and eyes. Maybe icing and a thin brush? I bought an edible marker and it really didn’t work for crap.