Tutorials - Christmas Cake Pops

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Christmas Cake Pops!

Nothing says Christmas like baked goods.
And there's no better gift than homemade cake pops!

Join us as we celebrate 21 days of Holiday Pops.
Below you're going to find great inspiration and ideas for how to make all kinds of fun and festive Holiday treats!
Many of which can be found in my book Pop.O.Licious Cake Pops!



Day 1: Christmas Cake Pops - Oreo Peppermint Balls

These pops are actually my favorite recipe.
Oreo Cookies smashed up and mixed with cream cheese.
Dipped in vanilla candy melt and coated with crushed
candy cane/peppermint.
Not exactly cake, but oh, so delicious.

We hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving and are already gearing up for Christmas. If you're not out shopping for those early holiday deals, give these pops a try.
You'll thank me later!



Day 2: Christmas Cake Pops - Wreaths
Get even more instruction on these in my book Pop.O.Licious Cake Pops!

Today we're getting the Christmas decorations out.
 And the first thing that goes up at our house is the Christmas wreath!

These particular wreath cake pops are just as tasty 
as they are cute to look at.
I used licorice rope for the bow and a white chocolate chip for the center. I textured the green candy melt with a toothpick and decorated it with holiday sprinkles.
Voilá!

As soon as all the decorations are up today, I know exactly how we are going to celebrate!



Day 3: Christmas Cake Pops -
Tangled Christmas Lights
Learn how to make these in my book Pop.O.Licious Cake Pops!
The long holiday weekend is a great time to get the Christmas lights up on the house.
But if you're tackling that project today, hopefully you're not starting out with a tangled mess like this!

I've got to give credit to Clark W. Griswold for the inspiration for these pops!



Day 4: Christmas Cake Pops -
A Christmas Story Leg Lamp

It's a Major Award!
This leg lamp cake pop is inspired from the classic movie,
A Christmas Story.

I found great dolls to use at the Dollar Store with hollowed out legs. The stick fit inside perfectly. I drew on the fishnet stocking, the pop itself is a fairly basic shape, and I added black Jimmies for the edge of the lamp shade.
Put it all together and the lamp is "ready to blaze forth in unparalleled glory"!




Day 5: Christmas Cake Pops - Snowmen
Get even more instruction on these in my book Pop.O.Licious Cake Pops!
Winter is right around the corner!

We can't wait for the first real snow fall of the year up in the Pacific Northwest. My kids love to build snowmen, but no snow is required to assemble these cute little cake pops.

Candy coated sunflower seeds are extremely versatile
and make perfect noses.
Wilton crunch sprinkles work well for the eyes. But I got a little crafty when I combined gummy sour cherries and Haribo sour spaghetti for the earmuffs.
Dab on chocolate dots for the mouth, add a little flair
for the scarf and you're good to go!

Catch them if you can!



Day 6: Christmas Cake Pops - Stockings
Get even more instruction on these in my book Pop.O.Licious Cake Pops!

Christmas Stocking Cake Pops!

The great thing about these is that you can decorate
them any way you want.
To color the socks, first I dipped the whole thing in red candy melt. After letting it dry completely, I dipped the toe in green, and then pipped it onto the heel.
Finally, I dipped the top of the cake pop in white and textured it with a toothpick.

I chose to fill my stockings with Teddy Grahams, candy canes, chocolate crunch sprinkles, flower sprinkles, and Sixlets candies. But really, the sky is the limit and you can let your imagination run wild here!

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...
But these cake pops were made with some added flair!



Day 7: Christmas Cake Pops - Santa Penguins

Penguin cake pops are cute by themselves, but put a
Santa hat on them and they're downright adorable!

 These playful little penguins require a few different steps, but having a little patience definitely pays off.

After molding the pop into a pear shape, dip the whole thing in white candy melt until completely coated. Let it dry, and then dip in black twice at different angles to create the tuxedo look. After that dries, place a chocolate chip on the top to create the shape of the hat. Then dip the top in red.

I used Karo syrup to apply the white sprinkles for the brim of the hat. For the rest of the features I dabbed a little bit of chocolate on the back of each piece before placing.
I suppose the penguins could have also used fins,
but I didn't have any mini black M&M's today,
so I guess they'll have to do as is!

Grab one before they waddle away!



Day 8: Christmas Cake Pops - Gingerbread Men

Run, run, as fast as you can.
You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!

Every holiday I'm always sure to pick up Wilton's set of seasonal mini cookie cutters.
I used their gingerbread man cutter to shape these pops. I drew on the buttons, eyes, and mouths with AmeriColor food writing pens. The bow ties are heart sprinkles.

For the first time I experimented with Confectionary Paints. I've never used them before so I'm still getting the hang of it. I honestly wasn't that impressed with how the white painted on for the lines and the hair. But it'll do for now and I'll have to keep practicing!




Day 9: Christmas Cake Pops -
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Learn how to make these in my book Pop.O.Licious Cake Pops!
You can't do Christmas without showing some love
to everyone's favorite reindeer!

If you've seen one Rudolph cake pop then maybe you've seen them all. But for these particular pops I tried to do something somewhat original while keeping it
fairly basic and traditional.
I was really excited to use the mini candy canes for the antlers, and I trimmed a chocolate candy melt for the ears.
I used a red jelly bean for the nose, but I suppose you could use any kind of round red candy for that.

Grandma didn't get run over by this reindeer...
She got her revenge and ATE this one!



Day 10: Christmas Cake Pops -
Trip to the Tree Farm
Have you gotten your Christmas Tree yet?

In honor of our trip to the tree farm today I just had to make these little cars with trees strapped to the top!

I shaped the cake and dipped them first. After they dried I placed mini chocolate chips for the wheels and piped on extra candy melt right above them.
I took another stab at using Confectionary Paints and was pleasantly surprised at how well the black worked on these.
To top it all off, I found the perfect Christmas tree candies at my local grocery store, which is actually where the inspiration for these cake pops came from in the first place.

I tried to make the cars look like VW Bugs (my favorite kind of car). I wonder if my husband will get the hint...



Day 11: Christmas Cake Pops - White Elephant

Okay, I've got the perfect White Elephant gift idea...
White Elephant Cake Pops!
How perfect is that?!?

They're actually not as difficult to make as you might think.
The nose and ears are just rolled out fondant. Draw on the mouth and eye brows, place the candy eyes and
you're pretty much done.

I modeled these after the cake pops I made for
Elephant Appreciation Day earlier this year.

If you don't give these White Elephants as a gift, you should definitely think about serving them. They'd make a wonderful addition to any dessert table this holiday season!


Day 12: Christmas Cake Pops - Holiday Owls

Owls are some of my favorite cake pops to make, and this time around they're getting in on the holiday fun!

I dressed them up in red and green for the occasion.
I added a little flair with some holly, Santa hats,
and even a yellow scarf.
Festive and tasty!

Whoooooo wants one???



Day 13: Christmas Cake Pops - Elf on the Shelf

It's our Elf on the Shelf!

Have you started this Holiday tradition yet?
If not, you definitely should.
We were recently introduced to this adorable story
and it's quickly become a family favorite!

The story goes that this mischievous little elf watches your family during the day and reports back to Santa each night. But when he comes back he's always hiding in a new spot.

Today, our elf (Buddy) was spotted in the kitchen around the stand mixer, and it looks like he whipped up some
cake pop friends!

We do have three rambunctious boys running around our house, so I'm guessing he needs all the help he can get.

I do wonder, though, how they'll report back to Santa
if they get eaten...

Either way, they're keeping an eye on you!
I wonder where they'll pop up next?




Day 14: Christmas Cake Pops -
Christmas Collage Recap
Is it beginning to look like Christmas around your house?
It sure is around here!

We're more than half way through our 21 days of
Christmas Cake Pops. Time sure flies!

Let's take a quick look back at all of the holiday cheer that has filled this blog for the past couple of weeks.
What has been your favorite so far?



Day 15: Christmas Cake Pops -
The Elf on the Shelf Returns!

Caught in the act!

The Elf on the Shelf and his mischievous little helpers were spotted this morning trying to hang Christmas lights on the gingerbread house. They're doing a fine job, but it looks like they came across one of those tangled light cake pops.

Looks like they'll be there for a while...



Day 16: Christmas Cake Pops - Mr. Santa Potato Head

Mr. Potato Head has been on my "to-do" list for a long time, so I thought I'd bring him into the mix by putting a holiday spin on it!

I did these fairly quickly so I'll be the first to point out the imperfections, but, the pieces are all there...
The familiar shape, a red jelly bean for the big nose, 
candy eyes, licorice rope for the arms, mini M&M's for the feet, white candy melt for the beard, and to top 
it all off with a Santa Hat.

He may not be perfect, but Mr. Potato Head is a classic, 
and he was made with love!



Day 17: Christmas Cake Pops -
The Elf on the Shelf Helps Out!

Trying to lend a helping hand...

The shelf life of a cake pop is only a few days, and it appears that our Elf on the Shelf pops have caught on. This morning they were spotted in my sprinkles cabinet trying to put together some new friends.

I think they know their time is up!



Day 18: Christmas Cake Pops - Gingerbread House

Today is National Gingerbread House Day - perfect timing!

Once I started making this cake pop it began 
to take on a life of it's own.

I was really excited to use Andes Mints for the roof, but to give the pop a three dimensional look I had to use four mints. As I started adding Necco candies and all of the icing, I realized that the pop itself was getting quite heavy.

I weighed it after it was completely decorated, and indeed this monster of a cake pop weighed 12.5 oz.
More than four times the weight (3 oz.) of an average pop!

So let your kids play decorator today and help them celebrate National Gingerbread House Day!
Building and decorating these traditional, tasty treats is the perfect way to get the entire family working together.



Day 19: Christmas Cake Pops - Santa Claus
Get even more instruction on these in my book Pop.O.Licious Cake Pops!

You better watch out, you better not cry.
Santa cake pops are here, that's the reason why!

I just couldn't wait until the end of the month to see
Jolly Old St. Nick, so here he is...
12 days ahead of schedule!

Here's a quick run down on how I made Mr. Clause:

Using a basic round ball shape, I dipped it in peach candy melt. To create the point for the hat, I placed a chocolate chip on top, and then I re-dipped the top part in red.
I drew on the eyes and eyes with a food writing pen.
I brushed on the beard and brim of the hat by using the tip of a lollipop stick, and texturing it.
The nose, eyebrows and mustache were all applied
with the tip of a toothpick.

That's all there is to it!
I'm making my list and checking it twice.
Santa cake pops? Check!



Day 20: Christmas Cake Pops - Christmas Angels

These angels won't end up on top of my tree, but I guarantee they'll be on my dessert tray this Christmas!

I made angels earlier this year for Be An Angel Day, but wanted to try something different this time around.

The body is made from an ice cream cone cut in half,
then dipped in white candy melt.
I coated the top and bottom of the cone with sugar sprinkles. The wings are made from candy melt,
which was poured onto wax paper and then cut
with a tulip shaped cutter.
The head is a mini cake ball. I piped on the hair
and drew on the eyes and mouth.
The halos are Rip Whips candy.

I kind of made these up as I went along. They took longer than I was hoping, but I think they turned out pretty cute!



Day 21: Christmas Cake Pops - Santa's Bag

Come check out Santa's swag!

I shaped these like I did the Chef Hats, but turned them upside down. And I filled them the same way I did the Christmas Stockings.

Santa's got a brand new bag!
Oh yeah!



19 comments:

  1. These are awesome! But how on earth does a chocolate chip make a big enough form to make the Santa hat on the penguin???

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    1. the chocolate chip is just enogh for the tip of the santa hat

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  2. The Chocolate chip provides the point to the hat. When you double dip to create the hat, dip the chocolate chip as well as the top of the cake pop. Hope that helps.

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  3. I smile every time I open up my email from you. Thank you

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  4. So nice of you to say! Cake Pops make me smile too. :-)

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  5. You're Cake Pops are really amazing!! They are very creative!! You should publish all 365 in a book with instructions. I'm sure it would be a BEST SELLER!!!!

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  6. Thanks, Karen! So glad to know we'd have a customer :-)

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  7. What did you use for the lights on they tangled Christmas lights pops?

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    1. Sorry, don't know how I missed you question. I used candy coated sunflower seeds. I've also seen Christmas light sprinkles sold online if you want an alternative.

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  8. Your pops are very creative...I want to make some of them to give away at Christmas, but I do not want to start too early...How long do cake pops last?

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    1. It really depends on your ingredients and how you store them. Typically, if I keep mine at room temp they're good for 2-3 days. They probably actually last longer, but I don't like to recommend it just to be safe. Thanks!

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  9. I love your cakepops, and I tried making some basic pops today as a beginner. Although I love sweets, it tasted way too sweet for me. Can you recommend some combinations to lessen the sweetness? Like some kind of frosting or anything. Thanks!

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  10. Sorry, not my blog, but I'd like to recommend using the bake pops pan (I have the Nordic Ware pan). If you use this, then you don't have to add frosting and deal with all the added sugar. I used mine for the first time and my pops were awesome...

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  11. You are very talented!

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  12. the santa penguines looks so cute :)

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  13. The Owls are my favorite, I hope to try them for my cousin who is Owl crazy this Christmas. Thanks for the ideas.

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  14. Super cute :) I'm going to try all these.

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  15. These are adorable, but how do you make the little ears on the reindeer?

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    1. For the ears, I used a chocolate candy melt and just cut it down with the edge of a small round cookie cutter to get the shape of the ears. Hope that helps!

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