Wedding Wednesday: Congress Hall themed Cake Pops for a Rehearsal Dinner!

I love the opportunity to get creative!!  I recently made cake pops for a couple’s rehearsal dinner. Their wedding was being held at Congress Hall in Cape May, NJ.  Congress Hall is America’s oldest seaside resort (they opened in 1816!)  They have an iconic ballroom with Tiffany Blue walls and a black and white checkerboard floor, and it is the prefect setting for a glamorous wedding!

Congress Hall Ballroom

Congress Hall Ballroom: Photo Courtesy of CapeResorts.com

To capture the magic of Congress Hall, the cake pops that I made for the couple’s rehearsal dinner were themed to match the decor of the wedding venue.  I made them black and white with accents of Tiffany Blue!  I even used Edible Ink markers to add the couple’s monogram to the cake pops!

Congress Hall Themed Cake Pops (Black and White with Tiffany Blue Accents) for a Rehearsal Dinner @FoodMarriage

This was also my biggest cake pop job to date!!  135 cake pops!!!  I needed to use three display boxes!  I used one large wooden box with a chalkboard front and then used two smaller ones for off to the side.  I was SO proud of these cake pops!!!!!!

Congress Hall Themed Cake Pops (Black and White with Tiffany Blue Accents) for a Rehearsal Dinner @FoodMarriage

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Wedding Wednesday: Paris Themed Bridal Shower Cake Pops!

Since friends and family have started seeing my cake pop work, I’ve been getting more requests to do some cake pop jobs on the side.  This is really exciting for me because it give me the chance to create different types of cake pops that I would have never thought of doing before!

Paris Eiffel Tower Themed Cake Pops @FoodMarriage

What’s funny about the way I work with my cake pops is that I never know exactly what I am going to do until I start doing it.  I have the general theme idea in my head, and then I create as I go!  Recently, I was asked to make cake pops for a bridal shower.  I was told that they had a Paris theme for the shower and that they would like the pops in black and white if possible.

Paris Eiffel Tower Themed Cake Pops @FoodMarriage

This cake pop order was for 50 cake pops, so I made half in chocolate and half in vanilla.  It made it easy to determine which pops were which flavors…Black = Chocolate.  White = Vanilla. For the decorations, I thought it would be neat to have various different designs throughout the entire display.  So I did some with black sugar crystals, some with clear sugar crystals, some with white nonpareils, and some with white or black candy drizzle.  And then the stars of the display were the plain white cake pops that I drew little Eiffel Towers on with a black edible ink marker!  (I recommend Americolor Gourmet Writers…they work the best!)

Paris Eiffel Tower Themed Cake Pops @FoodMarriage

For the actual display, I found a Paris-themed photo box at the craft store which I used for the base.  And then I found some scrapbooking paper that was labeled as “French Script” to use as the background for the display.  I have no idea what it said because I don’t know French at all!  I hope it said something nice, haha!!  The script background did end up looking really cool and really contributed to the overall look and feel of the display.

Paris Eiffel Tower Themed Cake Pop Display @FoodMarriage

I finished off the cake pop display with some embellished and raised Paris-theme stickers, which really tied everything together.  After making this display, I totally fell in love with it….now I want to go to Paris and see the REAL Eiffel Tower!!!!

For more information on how to make cake pops…visit my basic “How To Make Cake Pops Post.”

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Pink Glitter Football Cake Pops!!

Our Girls Fantasy Football League is in full action now!!!!  I don’t think I’ve ever paid so much attention to football games until now!!  I already shared a little sneak peek of the cake pops I made for our Girls Fantasy Football Draft Party, but now I am excited to share them in a little more detail!

Pink Glitter Football Cake Pops for Girls Fantasy Football Draft Party @FoodMarriage

I have made football-shaped cake pops before for my nephew’s first birthday, so I already had an idea of what I was going to do.  But this time I jazzed up the cake pops by making half of them pink and added pink sugar crystals to make them fun and glittery!

And as with any cake pops I make, I always feel that the details in the display really give the cake pops the WOW factor!  For this display, I got a regular photo box from the craft store and added some stick on rhinestones.  I also got a little puffy football and dazzled that up with rhinestones as well.  Inside the box, on top of the foam, instead of using shredded paper like I often do, I added in pink and clear plastic gems (found in the wedding section of any craft store).  And then the background is just scrapbook paper with a football background and some fun stickers I found in the scrapbook section!

Pink Glitter Football Cake Pops for Girls Fantasy Football Draft Party @FoodMarriage

To finish off the display, I added some additional scrapbook paper underneath with more footballs on them, a real football, and then a cheerleading teddy bear that I saved from my freshman year of high school! (Go Lansdale Catholic!!!!!!)

And the flavor of these fun delicious treats?  They are what I now call “Chocolate Lover’s Dream…” – a chocolate fudge cake mixed with decadent chocolate icing.  Absolutely AMAZING!!!!

Pink Glitter Football Cake Pops for Girls Fantasy Football Draft Party @FoodMarriage

Since we have 12 girls in our league, clearly we could not eat all 42 cake pops by ourselves (especially after eating all of our other appetizers).  So I was able to pack up my husband, Pat, some football cake pops to take to his draft party with the boys!!  They never had anything like this at their draft parties before!!!

Pink Glitter Football Cake Pops

Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: About 40-45 cake pops

Pink Glitter Football Cake Pops

Ingredients

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • Ingredients required for the cake (listed on cake mix box)
  • 1 cup chocolate frosting (feel free to use a store-bought kind)
  • 1 (14 oz) bag of brown-colored, milk chocolate flavored candy melts.
  • 1 (14 oz) bag of pink-colored, vanilla flavored candy melts.
  • Half a bag of white-colored, vanilla flavored candy melts (7 oz needed)
  • Pink sugar crystals
  • Lollipop sticks

Instructions

  • Bake your cake according to the directions on the box.
  • Allow your cake to cool completely.
  • Crumble your cake up (Use your mixer to break it up).
  • Add in 1 cup of frosting and mix well (this will give it a sticky texture).
  • Roll your cake into about about 2″ size balls. Once you get it into a ball shape, roll it between your hands to slightly make it more of an oval shape. Place your oval shape onto a tray covered with wax paper and then pinch each end together between your fingers to make it come to a point. This creates the football shape.
  • Once your footballs are shaped, place your tray into the refrigerator for at least an hour to firm up.
  • Melt a small amount of the brown candy melts and a small amount of pink candy melts. Dip each end of a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate and the press the stick about 3/4 of the way into the ball. Do this with each ball (I did half in the brown candy and half in the pink candy. I also did about half of my footballs with regular-sized lollipop sticks and then the other half with slightly longer lollipop sticks. This allowed me to display them all at different graduated heights in the display).
  • Once you have sticks in all your footballs, place back into the refrigerator for another 10 minutes or so. This will ensure that the sticks stay in your balls.
  • Melt more of your brown-colored chocolate candy melts, and dip half of the cake pops into the melted candy so it is covered completely. You may want to tap it on the side of your dish to eliminated any excess candy. Place each cake pop standing up in a styrofoam block until the candy hardens.
  • Next, melt your pink-colored vanilla candy melts and dip each the remaining pops into the pink candy melts. Once you tap off any excess candy, immediately sprinkle your pink sugar crystals all over the football. You will need to do this before it has a chance to dry so it sticks.
  • Once your cake pops are hardened and dry, get your white-colored vanilla-flavored candy melts out. Using a disposable candy decorating bag, melt your candy right in the bag and then use to paint the tops of the footballs with lines and laces.
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xoxo, Food Marriage

Winnie the Pooh Cake Pops

A few weeks ago, I got my first paid cake pop job!!  Up until this point, I had just been making cake pops for friends, family, or fun occasions.  But after a friend of the family saw my Football Cake Pops at my nephew’s first birthday party, she asked if I would be willing to make some cake pops for her niece’s first birthday.  Of course I said yes!!

Winnie the Pooh Honey Hunny Pot Cake Pops @FoodMarriage

The little girl’s name was Gabby and her birthday party was Winnie the Pooh themed.  When I heard this, I was SO excited because Winnie the Pooh was my favorite Disney character growing up (and still is my favorite today)!  When I was a toddler, I used to watch a Winne the Pooh VHS tape (yes, VHS tape!!) over and OVER and OVER again.  It was the only thing I would watch.  I watched it so many times I still could probably quote the whole movie today!

Winnie the Pooh Cake Pops @FoodMarriage

Having this inspiration behind me, I did some research on how to shape and decorate Winnie the Pooh cake pops, and of course the Queen of Cake Pops, Bakerella, came up in my search!  Her cake pops are impeccable and mine could never in a million years measure up to hers, but she did have a great guide for “Winnie the Pooh and Hunny, too” cake pops that I could follow to shape the Pooh Bear heads and the honey pots.

Winnie the Pooh Honey Hunny Pot Cake Pops @FoodMarriage

I also tried using an edible ink pen for the first time ever while making these cake pops!  Unfortunately, the brand I purchased at the craft store was a Wilton brand edible ink pen.  It was TERRIBLE!  I managed to draw Pooh Bear’s smiles on, but had a lot of trouble writing “HUNNY” on the pots.  The ink seemed to not want to take to the hard candy coating.  I was able to sloppily write on about five of them, but it proved to be difficult and not great-looking so I gave up.  Luckily, the plain honey pots were still cute.  I did reach out to a girl I went to high school with that also makes GORGEOUS cake pops.  She recommended purchasing an Americolor edible ink pens, which the company calls Americolor Gourmet Writers.  Apparently they are difficult to find in stores, so you must purchase online.  I will definitely be doing this for the next set of cake pops I make!!

Winnie the Pooh Cake Pops Display @FoodMarriage

After I made my pops, I created a fun display to put them in.  I got a “photo box” from a craft store, lined the bottom with foam, and then covered the foam with Easter grass!!  (That was my great deal find…I went shopping around Easter when paper Easter grass was on sale.  I bought lots of extra grass to in almost every color for future projects…now just need to find a place to store the extra grass).  I got a square scrapbook paper page with a Winnie the Pooh Print and backed it on cardboard to serve as a backdrop.  I then decorated it and the box with Winnie the Pooh Stickers, Birthday Stickers, and glittery green alphabet stickers to spell out “Happy Birthday Gabby!”

When the friend of the family stopped by my house to pick up the finished product, she almost cried!  She loved the whole presentation so much!!  She later told me they were the hit of the party!!!  I am so happy I could contribute to this Gabby’s First Birthday milestone and make it a memorable one!!!

Winnie the Pooh Cake Pops

Prep Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: About 40 cake pops

Winnie the Pooh Cake Pops

Ingredients

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • Ingredients required for the cake (listed on cake mix box)
  • 1 cup vanilla frosting (feel free to use a store-bought kind)
  • 1 (14 oz) bag of yellow-colored and vanilla flavored candy melts.
  • 1 (14 oz) bag of purple-colored and vanilla flavored candy melts.
  • Black nonpareils
  • Black rainbow chip sprinkles
  • Lollipop sticks

Instructions

  • Bake your cake according to the directions on the box.
  • Allow your cake to cool completely.
  • Crumble your cake up (You can use your mixer to break it up).
  • Add in 1 cup of frosting and mix well (this will give it a sticky texture).
  • Roll your cake into about about 2″ – 2.5″ size balls.
  • Take about 9 of the balls and shape them into a Winnie the Pooh head. Insert Candy or sunflower seeds for the ears, or just pinch up the dough a bit. Keep the remaining balls as a round shape.
  • Once everything is shaped, place in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to firm up slightly.
  • Melt a small amount of the chocolate candy melts. Dip each end of a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate and the press the stick about 3/4 of the way into the ball. Do this with each ball (I did about half of my footballs with regular-sized lollipop sticks and then the other half with slightly longer lollipop sticks. This allowed me to display them all at different graduated heights in the display).
  • Once you have sticks in all your balls, place back into the refrigerator for another 10 minutes or so. This will ensure that the sticks stay in your balls.
  • Melt down your purple candy melts. Dip each round cake pop into the melted candy so it is covered completely. Do not tap off excess candy for these. Immediately remove and place upside down on was paper. The excess candy will drip down to form the lip of the honey pot and a flat top!
  • Melt down your yellow candy melts and dip in each Pooh Bear head. You may want to tap it on the side of your dish to eliminated any excess candy. Place each of these cake pops standing up in a styrofoam block until the candy hardens.
  • Once your purple honey pots have hardened, take each one individually and turn right side up. Using a spoon, drizzle some of the melted yellow candy melt on top to create the "honey" spilling out of the pot. Once you do that, you can place each of these upright in a styrofoam block until hardened.
  • Once all of the pops are hardened, it's time to decorate! Write the word "HUNNY" on all of the pots using an edible ink pen.
  • To decorate Pooh's face, you can use black nonpareils for the eyes and a black rainbow chip sprinkles for the nose. Then, draw on a great big smile and some eyebrows with the edible ink pen!
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Football Shaped Cake Pops

I love being an aunt!!  Mostly because I get to make fun things for our nephew, Ryan!  (You may remember the Duck Themed Diaper Cake I made for my sister-in-law before he was born).  This week was his first birthday.  Because his party had a “Little Quarterback” theme, I decided to make Football Shaped Cake Pops!!

Football Shaped Cake Pops with Display Food Marriage

First, I made a display by lining a green photo box with styrofoam and then covering it in fake green moss to look like grass (You can’t really see the moss in my pictures, but you could see it as people started taking out some of the pops to eat them!!)  I decorated the outside with fun stickers and then made a football field background.  To make the background I found scrap booking paper that looked like a football field, spray glued it to some cardboard, and then inserted it into the back of the box.  And then I got stickers to put his name on it!!

Football Shaped Cake Pops 1 Food Marriage

I made the football cake pops with chocolate cake, chocolate icing, and then dipped them in chocolate candy coating.  (They were like chocolate heaven!)  Ryan loved the cake pops so much that when he finished his first pop, he started crying because he was finished it.  They were so good he wanted a second one!!

Football Shaped Cake Pops Recipe
One recipe will yield about 40 – 45 cake pops

Ingredients:

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • Ingredients required for the cake (listed on cake mix box)
  • 1 cup chocolate frosting (feel free to use a store-bought kind)
  • 2 (14 oz) bags of brown-colored and chocolate flavored candy melts.
  • 1 (14 oz) bag of white-colored and vanilla flavored candy melts.
  • Lollipop sticks
 
Directions:
  • Bake your cake according to the directions on the box.
  • Allow your cake to cool completely.
  • Crumble your cake up (You can use your mixer to break it up).
  • Add in 1 cup of frosting and mix well (this will give it a sticky texture).
  • Roll your cake into about about 2″ – 2.5″ size balls.  Once you get it into a ball shape, roll it between your hands to slightly make it more of an oval shape.  Place your oval shape onto a tray covered with wax paper and then pinch each end together between your fingers to make it come to a point.  This creates the football shape.
  • Once your footballs are shaped, place your tray into the refrigerator for at least an hour to firm up.
  • Melt a small amount of the chocolate candy melts.  Dip each end of a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate and the press the stick about 3/4 of the way into the ball.  Do this with each ball (I did about half of my footballs with regular-sized lollipop sticks and then the other half with slightly longer lollipop sticks.  This allowed me to display them all at different graduated heights in the display).
  • Once you have sticks in all your footballs, place back into the refrigerator.  This will ensure that the sticks stay in your balls.
  • Melt more of your chocolate candy melts, and dip each cake pop into the melted candy so it is covered completely.  You may want to tap it on the side of your dish to eliminated any excess candy.  Place each cake pop standing up in a styrofoam block until the candy hardens.
  • Once your cake pops are hardened, get your white-colored vanilla-flavored candy melts out.  Using a disposable candy decorating bag, melt your candy right in the bag and then use to paint the tops of the footballs with lines and laces.
These are by far my favorite cake pops I have made yet!!  They were loved by the kids at the party – they could grab them and go right back to playing and didn’t make much of a mess!  They are great for birthday parties, but could also be fun for a game day get together or the a Super Bowl party!  Aren’t they the cutest!?
 

xoxo, Food Marriage