Wilton “Pops in a Post” Blogger Contest

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I really enjoy baking and cooking. It doesn’t mean that I’m always good at it, but it’s worth the effort in the end. So when I found out that Wilton was having this awesome Pops in a Post contest, I knew I had to try.

Wilton Cake Pops Book

It  was so frustrating at times, and I was sick to my stomach from eating candy melt after I was done, but the end result was actually pretty cute. The inspiration for these pops? It would have to be my adorable almost 3 year old little boy. You see, he’s turning 3 in just over a week and I was trying to think of things that he really likes right now that would be fun for his birthday. I remembered that Despicable Me just came out on DVD, and it would make a great birthday present. We took the boys to the theater to see it….twice. And both times they couldn’t stop talking about Gru or the Minions.  Rowan, almost 3, kept asking hubby and me:  “You yike it mom?  You yike it dad?  I yike it!!”  (Obviously he likes it, right?) I also took a liking to the Minions. Don’t know what one is? See below, and you will like them too.

Now to make them into a cake pop. What is a cake pop you ask? It’s a little piece of adorable heaven….on a stick. I kid you not. But really, that’s exactly what is it. Crumbled cake and frosting that is made into balls and other shapes, put on a stick, dipped in candy melt, and the rest is left up to your imagination. Wilton sent me an awesome blogger kit to get started on my pops, but there were a few things that I purchased on my own to get my Minions JUST the way I wanted them.  Besides the cake essentials, below is a picture of what I used to make my minions. (There were other fun items Wilton sent me, but I wanted to show you exactly what I used.) Chocolate Pro, Yellow Candy Melts, Cookie Sticks, Candy Eyeballs, Candy Pearls, Rolled Fondant in Primary and Neutral, Chocolate Sprinkles, Icing Writer.

First off was making the cake. Wilton has a great recipe in their cake pops book that deviates a little from a boxed cake mix. The recipe is as follows:

  • 1 box cake mix (I used chocolate)
  • 1 box 4 serving pudding mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Mix all together and bake for 35-40 minutes if using a sheet pan. I baked mine in a 9×13. Once the cake is out, let it cool and crumble it in to teeny tiny pieces. Add 1/2 cup icing. This is where I wished I would have known a bit more. I would add more icing next time, and really get my cake fine. It was still a bit lumpy as you can see below. I also used a cookie scoop to get them all the same size, and it worked well.

Crumbled Cake for Cake Pops

Next I rolled them into Minion shapes which are oblong and different sizes. I opted not to post a picture of this one, because I looked back on the picture. They were lumpy, and it just didn’t look good. I will leave it at that…. After that,  I inserted a stick in each of them and let them chillax in the fridge for 2 hours.

Time for the candy melt! This yellow was perfect for my Minions, and I love Wilton’s Chocolate Pro Electric Chocolate Melter. I’ve burned chocolate before so this was a perfect solution. I could heat the candy melt and then keep it on warm.

Wilton Chocolate Pro with Yellow Candy Melts

Dipping the Minions was a bit tricky. Cat, from 3 Kids and Us gave me a tip to use a bit of vegetable oil to keep the melt smooth and it worked like a charm. The Minions went for a bath and then on to the pop holder which I had to superglue. Not a fan of the pops holder.  I also had to turn the pop stick and let it dry for 30 seconds or so before placing the pops on the holder or else they would drip. I learned this the hard way with a couple of them.  I noticed in the Cake Pops book that you are supposed to dip the stick in candy melt before putting the cake on, but I didn’t have any problems with the cake falling off the stick without the melt on their first, so I did it that way.

Dipping Cake Pops In Candy Melt

Onto the decorating! This was the fun part. I bought Wilton’s pre-rolled fondant, and this was my first time working with it. It was super convenient and easy to use. I first made overalls by making a rectangle and then putting it on a bit like a diaper. (Sliding the middle of the fondant up the stick and placing it front to back. I’ve been changing diapers for 5 1/2 years, so I’m a PRO at that. I then patched each side, and handed it off to hubby.

Despicable Me Minion Cake Pops

He placed on the straps and the pearls on the overalls, rolled the arms, and also did the goggles and eyes.  Everything with the fondant is pretty self explanatory if you look at the pictures

How to make minion cake pops

We used the Wilton Icing Writer to attach arms, pearls, eyes, and anything else that needed to be attached.

Minion Cake Pop Eyes

Pretty much everything else was formed from fondant.  Glasses, mittens on the hands, and shoes as you can see.  The eyes are the wilton candy eyeballs, and I used a stick to carve out the mouths. (Except the one with the teeth, his teeth are icing writer.) They took one final dip in the candy melt, just the tops of their heads, and then we stood brown sprinkles on end for hair. Final product…..so adorable. (And I had to name them.  It only seemed appropriate. :) )

Finished Minion Cake Pops from Despicable Me

Despicable Me Minion Cake Pops

Minion Cake Pops Gru

The boys were more than excited about these pops. But the best part? Eating them. Minion Cake

Thank you to Wilton for providing supplies for our Minion cake pops!

Comments

  1. 23

    I just love Wilton’s baking iems and your pops are just too adorable!

  2. 24

    OMG! ADORABLE! You did a great job!
    Kas
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  3. 25

    Those are so cute! Our first attempt did not work out, so we ended up making little pinata pops last night instead.

  4. 26

    Let me tell you, they turned out way better than mine. My process involved a lengthy hissy fit :)

  5. 27

    What a COOL and fun project! I admire you for tackling the minions and doing such a great job. :) Definitely going to have to look into this for my daughter’s birthday, she would love them!
    Lindsey@Kindred Spirit Mommy´s last blog post ..Baby Einstein Discovery Kits World of Colors Discovery Kit Review

  6. 28

    Oh yeah. They are cute!
    Momma Cupcake´s last blog post ..Pops in a Post Blogger Contest from Wilton

  7. 29

    These are SO cute!!! Why didn’t I think to do minions? LOL we all those those little yellow dudes! Great job, Tiff!!!
    Jess´s last blog post ..Dreamin Of Spring with Wilton Cake Pops!

  8. 30

    Those are SO cool!! Look at your creativity. What a fun and yummy treat for your boys to enjoy. Such a good mommy! Looks like lots of work.

  9. 31

    OMG, these came out so darn cute! You definitely have an imagination!

  10. 32

    Holy Cow, those turned out great! Super cute and fun! Of course with your “Mad” sugar genes, how could they not? ;-)

  11. 33

    Oh my Gosh those turned out cute!!! My girls knew they were minions right off the bat. Now they want to make them!! Awesome

  12. 34

    These came out darling! Great job!

  13. 35

    Great job! I love those! I want one of those Wilton Chocolate Pros!!
    Amy @ Marvelous Mommy´s last blog post ..Early Eating Disorders – Children as Young as 6 who Battle Anorexia and Bulimia!

  14. 36

    These turned out adorable. Great job!

  15. 37

    They turned out great!
    Paula @ Frosted Fingers´s last blog post ..Telestrations Review and Giveaway

  16. 38

    Such a cute idea Tiff! They turned out great.

  17. 39

    Ahhhhh I love those! What a cute idea.
    Cat Davis´s last blog post ..My UnWrap Attack is Coming Today!

  18. 40

    All kinds of cute!

  19. 41

    Tiff, those turned out so awesome! Love them and we love those minions too! :) Good luck in the contest.
    Emilie @ Baby Loving Mama´s last blog post ..The After-Christmas Patio Shopping Bonanza Giveaway is Here from OutdoorFurniturePluscom

  20. 42

    Now those are cute! I love cake pops, but I always just make them in balls. They disappear quicker than I could make them!
    Virginia from That Bald Chick´s last blog post ..Tassimo T20 Brewbot Winner

  21. 43

    So cute! I love cake pops

  22. 44

    What a fun idea, Tiffany. They turned out so cute.

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