Tuesday, April 24, 2012

How to make Easy No-bake Mickey Mouse cake pops

I really liked the No-bake cupcake tutorial and I had been trying to figure out how to make easy Mickey Mouse Pops so here's the combo!

Easy No-bake Mickey Mouse Pops
(Also check out my other Mickey Mouse/Disney Cake Pops How to. It has some other ideas for making and sticking on the ears. And has the stick the other way.)

I made the ingredients list so you know how much you need for the amount of pops you want to make, instead of making you make a certain amount of pops or having to due complicated mathematical things to figure out how much you really need.

- Pack of Oreo cookies (2 oreos per pop)
- Cream cheese (1/4 tablespoon per pop)
- Dark chocolate, enough to be able to dip all of them. I'd use about 500 grams for a dozen I think.
- Red sprinkles
- Mini marshmallows (or large ones if you live in a country that charges about 50 cents per mini marshmallow like me)
- royal icing (or tiny white drops)
- Lollipop sticks



Take your oreos and make them into crumbs. You can do that with a food processor or if you don't have one put the cookies into a plastic ziploc bag. Push the air out and zip the bag closed. Take a rolling pin and roll over the bag until the cookies are crumbs.
Now mix the cookie crumbs with the cream cheese until you get a dough like substance. Put this in the fridge for about 15 minutes.

Now if you have mini marshmallows you can skip this part, otherwise:

Take a few big marshmallows and something to make small circles. I used an apple core remover thing (sorry don't know the correct term for that) Push out little circles.

Making the pops

Take your cookie dough out of the fridge and roll it into balls about the diameter of a big marshmallow or walnut. Put these on wax paper on a plate and put them back into the fridge.
Now take a really small bit of chocolate and heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds on half power (400 watt on mine). Stir, heat for 15 seconds and repeat until it looks like the picture below. Don't over heat it or it will burn and be useless to you. Now just keep stirring and the pieces will melt. If not microwave another 10 seconds and stir again. This should temper the chocolate so it hardens when it cools.

Lay out your lollipop sticks, the mini marshmallows and the chocolate. Take your cookies back out of the fridge.

Dip a stick in the chocolate and push it into the cookie. If the ball becomes a little less round it's ok. If it is too much just reshape it with your hands.

Now take your mini marshmallows, these are the ears of course. Dip the marshmallow partly in the chocolate and paste one on both sides of the stick. Once again put the cookies in the fridge for 15 minutes.

While waiting on those cookies to cool, make the royal icing and temper the rest of your dark chocolate. This is not just melting so use my How to temper chocolate.
You need enough chocolate so that you can dip all your cookies in the chocolate all the way. Take the smallest deepest container you can find that will still fit your pop including ears. That way it will take the least amount of chocolate.
Set out the chocolate, red sprinkles and royal icing.

Take out your pops, dip them in the chocolate taking care to coat the ears but try not to coat the stick. Try also to do just one dip because otherwise the chocolate layer is too thick and there will be the possibility that the ears fall off. Let the excess chocolate drip off and then dip the pop half way into the red sprinkles. Put the pop back on the wax paper and into the fridge. Do the rest of your pops and put each back into the fridge as you make them. When they are all in leave them for another 15 minutes.

The chocolate I had left after dipping, I used to make little chocolate bonbons. Just pour it into a mold or spread it on some wax paper. Sprinkle the rest of your red sprinkles on there and you have some nice leftover treats. Pop in the fridge until set.

After the chocolate on the cookie pops has hardened take them out of the fridge and pipe little round circles on both sides of the "pants". If they stand out too much, use a moist finger (water not spit please) to lightly push it down.

Tada! I wanted to decorate the stick a little too but I couldn't decide how. So I just left it like this. Could have done with a white background too... hmm.
You could also make these pops into Minnie Mouse by adding more white circles on the "skirt" and making a tiny bow out of red fondant for on top, or make it in pink.
They would also be pretty impressive if you stuck the stick in the bottom instead of the top. Then you can push them in some styrofoam or a cup of sugar and you'll have a real eye catcher at your party!

My hubby and I tried them and they tasted yummy!!! Super snacks for kids birthdays or pretty party treats for goofy (well, Mickey really) grown ups.

Happy Popping!

Monday, April 16, 2012

No- bake Cupcake Pop tutorial

It's not mine but so worth watching if you plan on making cake pops.

No-bake Cupcake Pop tutorial

Starting a decorated cake shop

Ok so it won't really be a shop. I'm just starting a business in decorated cakes, and just plain yummy pies. I've made quite a lot and since I can't seem to find a decent (or any) job, this is a good time to start my own business :)

I haven't quite figured out what it is going to look like but I do know I am not including the color pink in my name, logo or website. All cake stores here seem to be pink, and not a little pink, very very pink! Any guy wishing to make a nice cake (and lets face it, with Buddy on tv I'm sure there are a lot of men out there), is never going to want to go into a store that is so extremely frilly.

Well I have thought of the name, which is translated is Cake and Art. Though in English it doesn't sound wonderful, in Dutch it is nice and it makes for a nice logo because the word art is part of the Dutch word for cake (huh?? you say...: taART)

So I'm hoping to get the business going sometime soon and then I'll happily link you to it. In the mean time check out this fabulous fabric I got for the nursery (yes I said it, I'm pregnant woohoo!): World of Susy Bee

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