Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Curious George Cake Pop Tutorial

A friend that I went to high school with asked me if I would make her daughter some Curious George cake pops for her third birthday party. I was a little intimidated by the offer, but I am always up for a challenge! I accepted and did some research on George and the Man in the Yellow Hat.

I decided to make the Man's face and hat as well as George's head. I had a trial run that had me test out 8 different ways to mold, shape, coat, and decorate before I found a method that was easy! I want to share how to make these guys so that you can create some of your own if your child has a Curious George Party!


You will need:

  • Cake Mix prepared and baked, then cooled
  • 1 can of frosting
  • Light Brown Candy Melts
  • Yellow Candy Melts
  • Pink Candy Melts
  • White Candy Melts
  • Vegetable Shortening (I use Crisco)
  • Cake Pop Sticks
  • Styrofoam Board
  • 1 Tube of black frosting (you can make your own)
  • Small Sandwich Bag

Bake your cake according to package directions. Cool completely. Crumble into a large bowl by cutting the cake into four pieces and rubbing two together at once.


This doesn't always ensure that all the pieces are broken apart. I use a pie dough cutter to find and break apart any large pieces. You can also use a fork or any other utensil to break up the cake.


When the cake is completely crumbled, add half a can of frosting and mix with a large spoon. You will want the cake to be the consistency of meatloaf. If it is too dry, add a large spoonful of frosting until you reach the desired consistency.

You are now ready to start shaping George and the Man.

I made a ball of cake that was about 2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons of cake. I didn't measure, I just eyed the cake ball. Shape it into a ball.


Flatten the front a little where George's face will be. Pinch a little bit of cake on the sides of the cake ball to make George's ears, add one small ball on the top to make his hair. Smooth the cake so that it looks as if it was all one piece.It should look like this:


Place on a cookie sheet. Next, grab another amount of cake and roll it into an oval shape. Smooth it so that it looks like this:


Next, roll out a small ball of cake into a snake shape to fit around the middle of the cake ball. Shape it into a triangle shape by pinching the sides of the rolled cake. Break it into three pieces, like this:


Grab the large ball and one of the three pieces. Smooth each side into the cake ball, keeping the shape of the hat rim.



Add the other piece and smooth it into the next one. Add the last piece. If you are short cake for the hat rim, simply shape some more cake and fill in the hat until it goes the entire way around the center section. It should look like this:


To make the Man's nose, grab a small piece of cake and shape it into a long triangle. Press the top point of the triangle into the front of the face and smooth it. It should look like this:


Place the Man on your cookie sheet. Make another George head, then another Man head. Go back and fourth between the two until  you are out of cake.

Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about 4 hours. I do not recommend putting these in the freezer to speed things up. Set aside enough time to make these.

When you are ready to dip your cake pops, melt a bag of light brown chocolate candy melts to cover George's head. I always add a teaspoon of shortening to the candy melts to allow the chocolate to coat the cake ball easily and to allow the excess candy melts to tap off. I add enough to the candy melt so that when I pick up the spoon from the chocolate, there is a steady flow of chocolate. But be careful, if you add too much shortening, the candy melt won't harden.

Take a few George heads out of the fridge at a time. I usually take out 3 to 4. Dip a cake pop stick into the chocolate, then insert it into the bottom of George's head. Dip the cake pop into the chocolate to cover the entire cake pop. Tap off the excess chocolate, but not too hard. You don't want the cake pop to fall off the stick. Stick the cake pop into your Styrofoam block and let dry completely. They should look like this:


With the leftover chocolate in my chocolate melter, I added the same amount of yellow, pink, and white candy melts. I didn't have much chocolate left, so I added 6 pieces of each into the melter with my chocolate. I did not need to add any extra shortening, but if your candy melts are too thick, add a little bit of shortening until you reach the desired flow. You want a color that is tan, not too dark, not too light.

I used a regular spoon to make George's face. I dipped the back side of my spoon into the chocolate and gently made George's face. I say gently because the hot chocolate will melt the chocolate that's hardened on your cake pop. You can always go back and redo this step if you pull too much of the dark color up. I also made two dabs on each ear. This is what they looked like:


When you have made each face, empty out your chocolate melter. Fill it back up with yellow candy melts.

When they are melted completely, add shortening like you did in the above steps. Pull out a two Man's at a time from the fridge. Dip a cake pop stick into the candy and stick it into the bottom of the Man's head. You will want the stick to go about 2/3 the way through the head, but not the entire way. When head is secure, dip the top half of the head, the Hat part, into the yellow. I put one side in and rolled it around the rim to cover the entire hat. Tap off any excess candy melts CAREFULLY. If you tap too hard, the stick may come through the head or fall off completely. Stick the cake pop into the Styrofoam board. It should look like this:



*EXTRA STEP IF YOU USED CHOCOLATE CAKE* Re-dip the hat portion so that the strong brown color doesn't come through the yellow. If you used white cake, don't worry about re-dipping the hat.

After each hat has been dipped, clean out your chocolate warmer again. Put in equal amounts of white, yellow, and pink candy melts to make a flesh color.

 

Add shortening like you have to the other colors. When ready, use a spoon to pour the color onto the Man's face. Be careful to not get any on the hat. Tap the cake pop to allow the candy melt to cover the face. Quickly turn over the cake pop and spoon more candy melt on to the back of the head, then turn over again and tap off the excess candy melt. Place in Styrofoam block to dry completely. It should look like this:


For the last part of candy melting, clean out your chocolate melter. Place 5 to 6 white candy melts into the warmer. When they are melted, there is no need to add any shortening. Use one end of a chopstick or clean paint brush. Dip into the white candy melt and place onto each cake pop to make eyes. Let dry completely. They should look like this:


Now you are ready to decorate! Fill a corner of a small sandwich baggie with black frosting. You won't need very much. Cut a very tiny hole in the corner. Pipe black frosting to make George and the Man look like this:



Let the cake pops dry completely. The frosting takes a little bit to dry, but once it does, you will be able to handle them.


Happy Baking/Molding/Decorating!

3 comments:

  1. Wow! These must have taken forever! Awesome job :)

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  2. Oh my goodness! You are a goddess with the cake aren't you?! Cool! Love 'em!

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  3. I just made these! Thank you for the receipe!! I guess I made mine too big, since a few fell off the stick but overall they were pretty easy! Thank you for sharing!!!

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