Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Toy Story Hamm Pops

Kids will be thinking pink when they feast their eyes on these cute Hamm cake pops, modeled after the dutiful piggie bank pal of Toy Story fame. Bakerella created these great recipes for Disney...

You'll need:
• 1 box cake mix (bake as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)*
• 1 16 oz can of readymade frosting
• Wax paper
• Baking sheets
• Pink candy coating
• Jumbo heart sprinkles
• Black sugar pearls (eyes)
• Pink colorstick sprinkles (mouth and broken in half for ears)
• Black edible ink pen (eyebrows)
• Pink edible ink pen (snout)
• Toothpicks
• Paper lollipop sticks
• Styrofoam block

1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into a large bowl.

2. With a large spoon, mix thoroughly with about 3/4 of the can of frosting. You won't need the rest.

3. Roll mixture into quarter-size cake balls and place on a wax paper-covered baking sheet.

4. Place cake balls in the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm up. You can transfer them to the refrigerator to keep chilled and avoid freezing.

5. When they are firm, mold the cake balls into a pear shape. Then gently rub the smaller end on the wax paper to flatten.

6. Return the cake pops to the refrigerator to maintain firmness.

7. Melt pink candy coating in a heat-proof plastic bowl so that the coating is at least three to four inches deep for easier dipping. Melt in the microwave in 30-second intervals on low, stirring in between. Repeat until melted and smooth.

8. Remove a couple of cake balls from the refrigerator at a time to work with.

9. Dip the tip of a lollipop stick into the melted coating and insert into the bottom of Hamm's head. Then, grab two jumbo heart sprinkle ears and dip the rounded side into the melted candy coating. Attach the ears to the top/back of the cake pop and the coating will set like glue.

10. Place in a styrofoam block to dry.

11. After a few minutes, you can carefully dip the entire cake pop -- with ears attached -- into the bowl of melted candy coating. Dip and remove in one motion without stirring. Make sure the entire cake ball is covered. Using a deep bowl is helpful here. If your coating is too thick, you can add a few drops of vegetable oil or shortening to help thin it and make it easier to work with.

12. Remove and allow any excess coating to fall off the pop and back into the bowl.

13. Place in a styrofoam block to dry.

14. When dry, use a toothpick to dot a tiny amount of coating in position for the eyes and attach one black sugar pearl sprinkle for each eye.

15. Use the same technique to attach the colorstick sprinkle mouth and broken colorstick sprinkle pieces for the ear details.

16. When dry, use a black edible ink pen to draw eyebrows and a pink edible ink pen to draw tear drop shapes for the snout.

17. Let dry completely in a styrofoam block.

18. When dry, use a black edible ink pen to dot the eyes and draw eyebrows.

19. If you'd like, print out Toy Story 3 movie poster tagsand cut a slit in the top and bottom of each big enough to slide the cake pop stick through. (You can print the tags in black-and-white if you don't want to use too much of your ink.)

20. You can wrap in treat bags tied with a ribbon and/or store them on the counter or in an airtight container.

21. Enjoy!

Using lighter color cakes work better with lighter color candy coatings. The color of the cake is less likely to show through any thinly coated areas.
Americolor Gourmet Writing Pens are easier to work with on candy than some brands.

*Note: One cake makes about 48 cake pops. If you don't need that many, then cut the cake in quarters and freeze any cake sections for another day. You'll need about an ounce of candy coating for each Hamm cake pop.

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