Happy Spring!! Okay, so I'm a couple of days early, but still... it's almost here so I figured I might as well go ahead and tell you about these Spring Flower Cake Pops.
I'll be sharing what inspired me to make them and how to make them in a step-by-step photo tutorial! 🙂
So here's how it all started. I've always loved abstract art and particularly "pop art". Years ago I saw a painting with some abstract flowers that well, they just stuck with me. And then at some point it occurred to me that I could sort of recreate the painting in the form of cake pops. It's a brilliant idea right... pop art turns cake pops?
Yeah. I'm not as funny as I think I am.
Anywho, I can't find that painting today, so you'll just have to trust me that these cake pop flowers are a little bit like the flowers in the painting. And even if they're not - they're still super cute and perfect for spring!
I guess I need to quit my job as a comedian and get back to cake, huh? Okay... so here's what you'll need to make the cake pops!
Here's what you'll need to make these simple flower cake pops:
- Cake Ball Dough rolled into balls (about 1.25 inches)
- Yellow Candy Melts (or white chocolate colored yellow)
- Lollipop Sticks
- Flower Forming Cups
- Small Rolling Pin
- Flower Shaped Cookie Cutter
- Tylose Powder
- White fondant
- Small Paint Brush (not pictured)
- White Sanding Sugar (optional)
Spring Flower Cake Pops
Now that you've got everything together, let's get started!
First, dip your cake pop stick into the melted chocolate and insert it into the cake ball. Also, don't have freakishly red hands. I'm just sayin'!
Make sure you dip the entire cake pop into the chocolate until well coated. I like to melt my candy melts in small half pint jars. They're the perfect size for dipping cake pops and you can stick them in the microwave if your candy melts start to harden again.
Tap the hand holding the cake pop stick until all the excess chocolate drips off. If you actually tap the stick on the jar, you risk the cake ball getting knocked off the stick, but by tapping your hand that holds the stick, it's a little less intense.
Place the cake pop in a Styrofoam block or a homemade cake pop stand to dry. (see the homemade stand my hubby made by clicking here)
While the cake pops dry, we're going to make the flower petals.
Start by sprinkling Tylose powder over your fondant and knead it in. I use approximately 1 teaspoon of Tylose per 1 pound of fondant.
Roll out the fondant until it's pretty thin (2-3mm).
Cut out your flower shapes and place them in the flower forming cups. I ended up not liking the rose shapes for these cake pops and I used the more basic flower shape.
Use a lollipop stick to poke a hole in the center of each flower.
Allow the flower shapes to dry/harden for at least 10-15 minutes. You don't want them completely hard, but a little stiff so they'll hold shape.
Now it's time to assemble!
Start by using the paint brush to paint a little melted chocolate onto the center of each flower.
Working quickly before the chocolate sets, slide the flower up the lollipop stick to the cake ball.
Gently shape the flower around the bottom of the cake pop so that it sticks, but not bending too much or it'll break.
You don't need to bend it much - we're going to let gravity help out with getting it more flower-shaped!
Now flip the cake pops upside down and let them "stand" upside down in the flower forming cups or on a clean mat.
Let these dry for at least an hour. With the flowers upside down, the petals will naturally shape around the cake ball and because of the tylose in the fondant, they will hold their shape once dry!
I arranged them into a small vase to make a simple, but super cute cake pop bouquet!
If you want to add a little extra bling to your flowers, after the cake pops are dry, you can paint a little chocolate on the top of the flowers and sprinkle on some sanding sugar. Let them dry for a minute then follow the remaining steps to assemble!
Assemble a bouquet in a vase filled with candy and you've got an easy and adorable (edible) centerpiece:
Do you have any questions about making these Spring Flower Cake Pops? Leave me a comment and I'll help out if I can!
Rose, I love these! I will make some for my office as a Spring surprise ☺ but my question is: it will be my first time making cake pops. How far in advance can I start making them. And in general, how long are they good from the bake date I guess? Just like cake? And I love your webpage and ideas.
You can make them 2-3 days in advance with no problem. Some bakers say even longer but that's the earliest I've made them.
This looks yummy and very creative. I haven't baked in a while, but I am considering to resume baking again. So I can at least give my children home made snacks for school snacks.
God bless you Rose, do have a super blessed day!
Hi Rose I admire your story, I started baking in 1979 reading Wilton's catalogs and even took a course by mail, and just kept baking for friends and my children, than word got around and in no time I was making all the cakes for the Youth Center in a military base where I use to live at the time, didn't know about prices. I still bake as of today except I'm on my own, divorced, kids are gone and haven't been able to open my own cake store. So when I hear stories like yours is such a pleasure. God Bless you and thank you for the tutorials as well. Teresa
What a beautiful bouquet! And I bet it's delicious, too 🙂 These would be a lovely Mother's Day gift. Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday this week - I'm including your flower cake pops in my features for this week's party, which goes live Sunday evening. I hope you’ll stop by and link up again!
The tylose you used on the fondant, where can you buy that and what does it do? Is there a substitute that I can use instead of tylose?
Thanks for all your amazing recipes! They are awesome!!
It causes the fondant to dry hard and not be soft and "floppy". You can find it on Amazon or at hobby supply stores. It's also called CMC powder, but I don't know of another alternative to get fondant to dry hard.
Ahh, cool. Thank you for the advice!