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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
We used the Wilton Icing Writer to attach arms, pearls, eyes, and anything else that needed to be attached.
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. 🙂 )
Thank you to Wilton for providing supplies for our Minion cake pops!