In this cake decorating tutorial video, I’m showing you how to make an April the Giraffe Cake! This is no joke! If you haven’t heard, April is a pregnant giraffe who’s keepers have been live streaming her pregnancy for the last number of weeks. To celebrate the birth of her baby, I decided to create a cake in April’s honor! April agreed to have the baby today, April 1, if I would make her a cake.
These cake pops are the greatest thing to bring to a backyard party or barbeque for summer!! I originally made them with Cinco de Mayo in mind, but now that I’m finally getting around to making the blog post, they’re perfect for summer . . . or next year’s fifth of May!
Obviously you have heard of Cake Pops. If you haven’t, welcome back to the world. How was it under that rock?
In case you are covered in detritus from your long winter spent buried in the woods, a cake pop is basically this: cake, rolled in a ball, stuck on a stick and dipped in chocolate.
Sounds easy, right?
Well, lets get started.
I apologize, right off the bat, for the poor quality of the pictures! I’m not sure what happened. I’ll blame the camera. Or the tripod. But, not me of course. The step by step pics are fine . . . because they were taken by Paul, but the ones in the light hood are almost not worth showing you! **embarrassed**
One more thing . . . did you know there is a Food on a Stick Day? Random. It was a couple of weeks ago, and I meant to post this article for that, but you know, time got away from me. That, and, I didn’t see “Food on a Stick Day” on my Runner’s World Calendar.
NOW, let’s get started. I’m finished rambling. For now.
HOW TO MAKE CAKE POPS
First you need to bake a cake. Any cake will do. Once you have let it cool, add about 1/2 cup of icing to it and mix, mix, mix! Get your hands in there, and get dirty!
Using a cookie scoop, roll equal amounts of dough into round balls.
Melt your chocolate in a microwavable bowl . . . for one cake, you will need at least 2 cups of chocolate chips (or melting wafers). Using lolipop sticks, dip the top into the melted chocolate, and then immediately into the cake pop.
Repeat until all of your balls become pops!
At this points, I find it best to put all of the pops into the freezer to solidify. This helps keep the cake together when you start to dip and roll them in the melted chocolate.
When they have been in the freezer for about 20 minutes, you need to work quickly, and start rolling!
Make sure that you cover all of the cake pop!
There’s no such thing as too much chocolate, right?
I find it best to allow my cake pops to solidify by sticking them into a piece of heavy duty styrofoam. This way, any drips that might happen follow gravity, and don’t end up making your perfectly round ball into something else!
Decorate however you see fit, and enjoy
I decorated these ones for a local flower store that deserved a special treat! The flowers are made out of marbled gum paste and fondant.
We were also trying out the Cricut Cake for on these! The butterfly’s and the flower in the middle of the picture (above) and to the right of the pic are with the Cricut Cake.
Maybe next year I’ll be able to celebrate Food on a Stick Day! I better go write that down.
1. Be too lazy to make more buttercream, and just use your small amount of leftover icing that does not entirely cover the outside of the cake. This will make it especially tricky to lay your fondant smoothly.
2. Roll your fondant so thin that you can see the marker lines from the mat, through it. If this is your first attempt, make sure you up the ante, and use a press to imprint a design in the fondant, and press too hard and make holes.
3. Lay the fondant over the cake unevenly. When you peel it off to re-lay it, make sure you scoop up some crumbs and buttercream in the fondant, so when you roll it out again, you have a nice, natural speckle to the fondant.
4. Do not watch any tutorial videos, or read any advice prior to finishing the smoothing process. Just slap the fondant down on the cake, squeeze the wrinkles out, and hope that the holes fill themselves.
5. Make a border to cover the huge gap between the cake board and the cake, because you didn’t carve the cake prior to icing.
6. That’s it! That is all you need to do to have yourself a completely ugly holey fondant covered cake!