These cake pops were a big hit for the Ladybug Birthday Party celebrating Sophie's 3rd birthday!
What you'll need:
1/2 of a 9 x 13 cake, cooled
2 1/4 cups of prepared frosting
1 12 oz package of red Candy Melts
24 lolly pop sticks
Cake pop stand - Craft foam works nicely
24 brown M & M's
1/2 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
White and red candy sprinkles
Step 1. Crumble the cake in a large bowl and mix in the frosting until well blended. Place the mixture in the fridge for about 25 minutes until it's nice and cold. This step is extra easy if you use an electric mixer for crumbling and blending.
Step 2. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Roll the cooled cake mixture in 1 1/2" balls and place on the baking sheet. Refrigerate the balls for 1 hour until firm or 10 minutes in the freezer if you're in a hurry.
Step 3. Melt the candy melts according to the package directions, dip the lolly pop sticks 1/2" into the candy coating and insert into the cake balls. Return the baking sheet to the fridge to allow the cake pops to firm up again.
Step 4. Remove one cake pop at a time from the fridge, dip it into the candy coating and stand upright in your cake pop stand. Place one M & M on the front of the cake pop and hold gently until it is slightly set and doesn't slide around. Continue with the rest of the cake pops.
Step 5. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave at 30 second intervals until smooth. Fill a sandwich bag or piping bag with the melted chocolate and trim the tip to a suitable size for detailing the ladybugs with spots and stripes. Pipe one stripe down the middle of the cake pop starting at the M & M head. Pipe small dots on either side of the stripe.
Step 6. Squeeze the remaining melted chocolate into a small bowl. Working with one cake pop at a time, use a toothpick to place three dots of melted chocolate on the M & M. Using tweezers place two white sprinkles on the melted chocolate dots to form eyes and one red sprinkle on the remaining chocolate dot to form a nose. Using the toothpick add a dot of chocolate into the centre of each white sprinkle to form a pupil. Ah yes, if the tweezers in the directions didn't scare you off and you made it this far I apologize ;) On a positive note after you finish this step you'll be practiced up for a competitive game of Operation.
Note: You can also add chocolate sprinkles as antennae for the ladybugs. I only did one because I found it tricky to make them point upright.
Cake Pop Storage
Once you've finished making your cake pops, do NOT return them to the fridge as it will cause the candy coating to sweat when you take them out. The candy coating and chocolate will harden at room temperature.
Cake Pop Stand
If you don't want to purchase a stand or expensive craft foam, find a handyman like my husband to make a simple stand like this one. He used 2 x 6 lumber and drilled holes 2" apart and about 2/3 of the way down into the wood. I covered it in tissue paper and glued on some fake leaves for added decoration.
This dirt cake is a simple two layer chocolate cake with chocolate frosting covered in Oreo cookie crumbs.