Don’t worry!! Thats not cake pops made out of vegetables!! Its cake pops made to look like vegetables!
In my second blog post, I’ve put together some video segments to show you how I make my cake pops – and I show you how to turn them into vegetables! They count as one of our 5 a day, right?
Back at the start of 2020, I made Peter Rabbit themed cake pops to match a cake – and this included some carrot and cabbage themed cake pops – and I presented them in a vegetable patch of crushed Oreo earth! It was great fun to make!
I use the already baked cake method to make my cake pops – I blitz the cake in my food processor and gradually add small amounts of buttercream until I get the right consistency of cake pop mix. This should be firm enough to hold its shape when you make a ball.
You will see that I use some cake pop moulds to make some of the shapes for my vegetable cake pops. These are fabulous little moulds made by a US Company (My Little Cakepop Moulds) https://www.mylittlecakepopmolds.com, but they can be purchased from Chrissies Cakes & Supplies in the UK https://www.chrissiecakesandsupplies.co.uk.
What you will need to make vegetable themed cake pops:
- Cake pop mix – about 300g will make about 10 cake pops (I use about 30g per cake pop)
- cake pop sticks – I use 6″ long, 4.5mm diameter paper sticks
- candy melts in green, orange, white and purple; some coconut oil to thin the candy melts
- sugarpaste/modelling paste in green and brown
- flower pad and ball tool to thin the edges of your cabbage and cauliflower leaves
- some cocktail sticks
- 1 small piping bag
Vegetable Cake Pops Part 1
Making your cake pop shapes
You can make your cake pop dough in advance, and freeze it til you need it. I tend to use cake off-cuts to make cake pops, but you can use any cake. I’ve used some moulds/cake pop baller to make my cake pops but if you don’t have these, you can shape by hand – I would suggest weighing each one to make sure you get them all roughly the same size – about 30g in each. Once you have shaped your cake pops its essential to pop them in the fridge for at least 20-30 minutes before you try inserting the sticks – otherwise you will squash your shapes.
Vegetable Cake Pops Part 2
Melting candy melts and inserting sticks
Depending on which brand of candy melts you are using, you may have to use something to thin them out, as some brands tend to be very thick once melted. You can use coconut oil or trex – add a little at a time until you get a fluid consistency. You can melt in the microwave (on medium power for 20-30 seconds at a time, stirring in between – or you can use a melting pot – I am using a PME melting pot.
Vegetable Cake Pops Part 3
Dipping your cake pops
Make sure your candy melts are a good runny consistency before you start to dip. If your candy melts are too thick, add some coconut oil to thin to a runny consistency. When dipping your cake pops, shake off the excess gently, to ensure your cake pops stay on the sticks! Once you have dipped all of your cake pops once, and they have set, do a second dip for each one. Pop any small air bubbles with a toothpick. You are now ready to decorate them!
Vegetable Cake Pops Part 4
Decorating your cake pops
You can decorate your cake pops using a variety of different techniques. I am using a mix of candy melts and modelling paste for my vegetable cake pops. I am using Saracino modelling paste, as it holds its shape well for making the stems etc. You could also use sugarpaste, but might want to add a little tylose powder, or make your sugarpaste decorations in advance and leave them to firm up before attaching them to the cake pops.
Happy vegetable cake pop making!