I even surprised myself with these Rose Cake Pops! I loved making them and even more I loved how they turned out! It started with a trip to ABC Cake Decorating Company to find little green candy cups for the “leaves” under the rose cake pops I had planed to make. You know those red dipped pops with the red swirl and crystal sprinkles to look like the pedals…sounded easy enough! Sadly (luckily) they were out and I had to go back to the drawing board for the “bloom” cake pops that were ordered! I thought maybe I could find a small rose mold that maybe I could push candy clay into…Nope! Not in yet:( So it was down to the last resort and actually had to make them from royal icing:/ I am not too skilled in R.I. or roses for that matter and was a little nervous to say the least, but I had not time to really thing about it, I just had to get it done! I recruited the help of Peggy at ABC to get me everything I needed to MAKE these roses! She hooked me up with the small flower nail, some pre-cut parchment paper squares (these were AWESOME) and the small petal tip (thank you)! I got back and started to practice! It took me about 5 tries to get it looking like a rose, but I was honestly shocked I got the hang of it so quickly! I was having so much fun I didn’t want to stop making them ~good thing too, because I had to make 130 of them;)! After they all dried, I airbrushed a little pearl dust on them to give them their dimension and shine (thank you Dinky Doodle for the courage to start airbrshing, I just love your airbrush!) I had so much fun I thought I would make a super quick tutorial on how I made the little roses for my cake pops! Don’t forget to check out our Easy Roller as well;)!
So for those of you that know me, met me at a show or have purchased an Easy Roller, I am sure you have heard me discuss my food processor. In my everyday quest to make things easier and more practical, I have found that by using a food processor to knead my cake it drastically cuts down on labor, but more importantly saves my hands the pain of kneading. What normally would take someone 10-15 minutes to knead by hand takes 90 seconds in the food processor. Whether you use my amazing Easy Roller (shameless plug), or still roll by hand, the food processor will still save you time and effort giving you a perfect consistency to roll balls.
A lot of people ask me how much frosting I use. The answer is NONE !!! (well 9 times out of ten anyways – sometimes I will inadvertently dry a cake out, so a tbs or so is all that is sometimes needed) Most people use frosting as a binding agent when kneading by hand. You need it. However the food processor eliminates that need, crumbling the cake to the point where it uses the cakes natural ingredients to bind. Now if you or your customers like the flavor of the additive you can still use it, I would put it all in with the cake at once and then turn the processor on. This helps it seep into the dough you are creating and it won’t get to mushy to fast.
The food processors that will get the job done are fairly inexpensive; you don’t need anything fancy to cut cake. I use a 14 cup and can fit an entire “boxed cake” in it. I couldn’t imagine going back to kneading by hand!! In fact I believe in this process so much that I am giving one away! Check out my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter (@BestCakePops) to be entered into the drawing! Who doesn’t like FREE STUFF!
This is how we roll!