I made these off Bakerella's cake pop instructions. She's the Queen of Cake Pops, as far as cake pops are concerned. Look her up and give her some Kudos. She deserves them.
The "chocolate" coating is actually a candy chocolate-like coating. Water dare-not touch it or it will seize up and become a gross blob monster- chalky and lumpy. Also, your ban marie cannot be too hot. If the temperature is too hot it will scorch it and seize up and become a blob monster. The instructions on the package says that if it is not liquid enough to stir in a little vegetable shortening...which I did. It didn't help much.
I used left over red velvet cake and some leftover cream cheese frosting. I tossed in a shot of Frangelico for good measure and followed Bkerella's instructions from there as far as cooling, shaping, sticking, and dipping. Like I said, the coating never became completely liquid enough for it to enclose over my cake pop once I had it completely submerged. I stuck it in, and you could still see the cake pop through the hole it created in the coating which was just at the right temp. I had to coax the coating to enrobe the bottom with a stick and then coax it to coat the top just right so that the ears were still visible. I nearly lost a couple of pops that almost came off the stick during the dipping process.
From there, I experimented with a few things to try and get the face just right. Since I didn't have perfectly smooth ovals like Bakerella, it was hard getting a perfect face on there. I tried using mini chocolate chips for the eyes and nose but it looked wrong. I didn't have any of the mini candy coated chips she had on her sight. I painted on the face with food color when it was all said and done, but I had the candy hearts and red hot to make the bow.
I also didn't have any white "chocolate" coating on hand so I had to use the pink, which I thought was fine since this is Hello Kitty, afterall. I actually ate one to try it out. I try to stay away from anything more than a taste in order to avoid being obese, but I wanted to see what the big deal was. It wasn't. I rolled one around in sprinkles to see how a "pretty" one would taste and I didn't like that at all. I think my palate is too sensitive. I could taste the coloring in the sprinkles and it was off-putting.
|The best of the bunch.|
|I used a dot of red icing for her nose on this one.|
|The good, the bad, and the UGLY.|
|The Best and the Worst side by side.|
You can see the mini choc chips don't make cute eyes.
Cookie Dough scoop (to form balls)
Pink Candy Coating
Candy cake decorating hearts
Black Gel Food Color
Drop of whiskey (to thin food coloring)
Small Paint Brush
You can buy all this stuff (except the cake, frosting and liquor) at any local craft store like Michaels, AC Moore, or Jo-An.