Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bakerella's Flower Cake Pops


It always starts out simple enough.  I offer to make a dessert for a friend's party.  I imagine something quick and delicious.  Something that looks flawless and tastes perfectly decadent.  Something I whip up in no time.  Next thing I know, it's 3 a.m. and I'm molding tiny Minnie Mouse hair bows out of sugar paste..  This time, I promised myself it wasn't going to go down like that.  I was going to make a sweet lil' something to bring to a darling friend's baby shower.  It was going to be quick and delicious.  And it wasn't going to leave me with pink, alien hands.

So the weeks before the baby shower, I did some research for the spring themed baby shower.  And I came upon these flower pops.  Once again, Bakerella had saved the day.  Everything was on track.  Except I didn't have those darn pastel colored candy corn. 




Now, I could have used any candy for the petals.  M&Ms, Skittles, even jelly beans.  But part of the problem is that I'm somewhat neurotic and a bit of a perfectionist.  Actually no, that's the entire problem (one amongst many problems, but we'll save that for another post).  I have high expectations of my homemade treats.  I don't want to be one of those people that gives friends hideous one-armed sweaters as gifts after becoming enamored with knitting or bakes people lopsided, undercooked cakes with wonky frosting roses after a tragic encounter with a cake decorating clas at Michaels.  I want my treats to be worthy of the pages of Martha Stewart or Amy Atlas.  They rarely (ok, never) are but I figure so longer as my friends aren't forced to grit their teeth and force maniacal smiles as I hand them my homemade treats, I have, at least partially, succeeded.


And so began the quest for finding the spring colored candy corn that Bakerella uses.  I went to every drug store possible, ever specialty candy store around, and even went to my local health food store (because well, the search for the perfect candy was making me lose my grip on reality).  And what did I get?  Bupkus.  Finally, I happened upon some Tropical Mike & Ike candy.  Think regular Mike & Ike but in pastel colors.  Granted, the lack of a flat base would make 'em a bit more precarious perched on a cake but they were the right colors.  And that was all that mattered.




All that mattered until I found myself feverishly gripping the basket filled with cake pops on the drive to the baby shower.  Every bump in the road brought those darn Mike & Ike petals closer to each other.  And every time they banged into each other, one petal lost its life in a terrible version of "he loves me, he loves me not."  You know how hard it is to hold a darn basket filled with cake on sticks?  It is hard.  You know how hard it is to keep them crazy scraps masquerading as grass in the basket as the hubster weaves through traffic like he's driving in the Malibu Grand Prix?  It is super hard.  And you know how hard it is to be in a freezing car with no heater because you're worried heat will melt the pops?  It is supercalafragalisticexpialladocious hard.




Needless to say, I didn't eat any cake pops at the party.  After all that work, including the nail marks permanently embedded on my palms from gripping that darn basket, I almost didn't let any of the guests eat the pops.  But then I realized, this was only the latest in a series of cake pop debacles.  Lord only knows what round three holds!

51 comments :

Maya said...

These turned out amazing-- I'm so impressed! I've always wanted to try making these, but I've been too scared.

Estela @ Weekly Bite said...

These are gorgeous!!!!

Jamila said...

Wow.... that sounds intense. I'm impressed by your dedication and your "flower" arranging skills. Very pretty!

Suman Singh said...

Wow, that looks AMAZING..so beautifully done.

Ameena said...

I totally get the Malibu Grand Prix comment. More than you know!

I should have hired you to make the favors for Maya's birthday party this weekend. I will be sure NOT to show her these amazing photos because then I'll have to field questions like, "Why do THEY get cake pops and my friends just get loot bags?"

Jean said...

Azmina, wow! They look amazing! What's wrong with being a perfectionist? It paid off here. :-)

The Cilantropist said...

Love this idea for spring, and deceivingly easy! ;) I would like a bunch of these flowers anyday!

Sara{OneTribeGourmet} said...

oh my god..they are ADORABLE!!!!

Nadia said...

hehe, chuckled throughout the post! The cake pops are perfection, so pretty and I'm sure your friends were wowed by them!

Evan @swEEts said...

They're perfect! I was just talking about how difficult it is to make them super smooth and here you go making them gorgeous! Well done :)

Jordan said...

Your post made me laugh out loud! These cake pops are so clever!

Annapet said...

LOL, you are so funny! I am the same way: neurotic and a bit perfectionist.

The treats are lovely, and you have gorgeous hands even without nail polish!

Kulsum@JourneyKitchen said...

I have made cake pops but not for anyone but myself so I never bothered with the perfection. I know what you mean by freezing in the car and holding that basket though. I almost hold my breath all through out!

By the way - you sure perfected this thing. They look CUTE. U should have eaten them!

chandana said...

This is so funny.

Kudos to you for pulling of the entire thing so amazingly well. They look VERY CUTE. I'm sure your friends loved them.

The Mom Chef said...

I love this post. I'm always amazed at how you're still able to pull off the most gorgeous desserts I've ever seen with all the odds against you like this. It must be the ramen soup.

An Open Book said...

i tried them once without any decoration and managed to ruin it..seriously!
you have pretty hands...and the nails...wow :)

Simply Life said...

oh these are too cute!

Reh said...

azmina, these are just divine. I'm sad I didn't get to try them. :) I have to try this for Zaina's birthday. Who am I kidding? I have no patience or baking skill. :) Wow, again the pictures are AMAZING!

Heather said...

Gorgeous!! I'm actually taking my first stab at (much simpler) cake pops this week.... Chocolate-Guinness cake pops coated with green sparkles for St. Patty's. :)

Claire @ Claire K Creations said...

They're gorgeous. Well done!

Funaek said...

Azmina these are AMAZING!!! You've totally inspired me! I'm going to take a crack at some Sesame Street ones for my niece and nephew. Beautiful flower cake pops! (Oh this is Flora btw).

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

These are SUPER cute and extremely creative! Nicely done!!!

Lana said...

Those look gorgeous! Cake pops are not that easy to make for the un-initiated, and you pulled it off! Kudos to perfectionists! I am sure there were a lot of sighs of admirations when you appeared:) Beautiful!

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

Ok, those are the cutest things ever! You did a great job with them. I feel a weekend project coming on...

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels said...

Those flowere cake pops are so adorable and perfect looking. I'm such a perfectionist too! :)

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels said...

Meant to say flower. :)

Piyusha said...

I completely understand how the "perfectionist demon" takes over and the next thing you've mixed up burnt orange colored candy melt and longhorn-shaped cake pops for a football watching game party... *sigh* I'm making pear-shaped cake pops on Monday for a "perfect pair" themed bridal shower.. oh boy

Swati Sapna said...

I just love the way these cake pops look! I mean i like them so much that I probably wdnt dare to eat them :D hehehe... actually maybe i would ;) they are adorable! And i didnt even know what cake pops were till I read this!

LeQuan said...

Azmina, you're quickly becoming the cake pop making queen. Your flower cake pops look so beautiful. You driving everywhere to find the perfect pedals says a lot about how you treat your friends. I'm sure your friend was very touched that you made these yourself for her. I'll bet they tasted a delicious and lovely as they looked.

Cooking with Coley said...

These are absolutely worthy of Martha Stewart. In fact, they are also worthy of getting the attention of Rachel Ray, Paula Deen and the rest of those Food Network folks!

Kelsey said...

the spring flowers have sprung it seems! hehe. although it would take a lot of patience to make these neatly, they look like a great creative thing to do when you have the extra time. They look PERFECT! <3

Funaek said...

zomg - I just finished trying to make my own cake pops (Sesame Street and pug pops) and they took waaaaaay longer and were way harder to make than I thought they would! The first night I was up until 1am, and only had 4 failed pops and 4 slightly deformed pops. I just finished up the rest today. And now half of them are cracking. :(

Devaki said...

What is with you and fab flower pops? You make them look like they're made for a Queen and give me serious complex issues!!! Have pity on the common folk dear :) Some of us have not your skills!

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Parita @ myinnershakti said...

Wow! I don't believe that your creations never come out beautiful! Those flowers are awesome. Now me on the otherhand, I really could never pull something like that off. :)

Heavenly Housewife said...

Amazing, I dont think Bakerella her self would do a better job. I need to try making cake pops too now.
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Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

They sure look worth the effort. Very adorable!!

We Are Not Martha said...

I'm SOOO impressed!! These look absolutely adorable! Beautiful photos :) :)

Sues

*kimmie* said...

I think I forgot to tell you how great these turned out! Adorable - well done!

A Thought For Food said...

Ok... you just blew me away with these! So cute and they look delicious as well!

Joanne said...

I have a similar experience whenever I bake a cake for a family event. I get in the car with my brother, put the cake in the trunk, and then hold my breath and grimace as he drives like a maniac. Sigh. Will I ever learn?

These flower pops are BEAUTIFUL! You should have been super proud to serve them.

Monet said...

You are brave...you are talented...you are making me want to spend my entire Sunday tracking down those candies and making cake pops. Thanks for sharing, sweet girl! I hope you are having a splendid Saturday night. Take time to relax and rejuvenate tomorrow. Hugs from Austin!

scrambledhenfruit said...

Your cake pops are beautiful! I like your flower petals just as much as the pastel corn. Very bright and cheerful!

Dina @ The Dish and The Dirt said...

Very cute. I have had many of those moments, and strangely enough, several of them with cake pops (thanks Bakerella for making me think I could do it). I used to own a decorated custom cookie company and I cannot tell you how many nights I've spent obsessing about color, thickness of icing and the dreaded jittery hand. And I, too, remember feverishly gripping boxes of cookies as I made deliveries. So maybe at least you are not alone. Who knew? There are 2 neurotic lawyers in this world! ;)

Jackie said...

Wow! Azmina, these are awesome! Well done - even though it's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious hard to transport those babies, you did good ;)

If only I had the patience to make stuff like this... well. We'll see when my girl friends start getting preggo...

Jax x

sara @ CaffeIna said...

Your treats are ALWAYS worth of being on Martha's pages! These pops are adorable. I haven't tried pops yet...maybe when I'll have a little break from work or a good excuse...I'll come back here again to read all about them or give you a call for tips

elle marie said...

These are so adorable.... I can't find any of those color candies here...hm....I've never made pops before... they look so spring-like.. I'm so ready for Easter.

Sommer J said...

They looks absolutely gorgeous!!! My daughter wants these haha. How about I have my little ones over your place, they'd love all the stuff you make! Hehe:) Great job!

Legally Married said...

How are you so talented?! Every single time I read your blog, you amaze me! :) These are adorable!

rickshawdiaries said...

They're beautiful! Your blog always makes me happy...& hungry! :)

Tamanna said...

wow!! that looks amazing and super cute!!! great craft work

Sree said...

Too cute. I am a perfectionist with some things, but food isn't one of them. Right now, my goal is just for it to taste OK, hopefully a little better than OK. Pretty is taking it to the next level. Love these!

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