Spring has sprung. And with it comes April showers, May flowers, and Spring cake pops, of course!
Today I’m thrilled to share with you a collection of Spring cake pops, created by some amazingly talented sugar artists with cake pop blogs that I hope you are following. I continually learn a lot from these bakers and am honored that they accepted my invitation to this cake pop collaboration.
Each of the cake pops that you see below comes complete with a tutorial. Simply click on the links for your favorite cake pops and you’ll be whisked away to step-by-step directions at one of my favorite cake pop blogs. And while you’re here, scroll on down to learn how to make my Chick Cake Pops with Bonnets.
1. Bunny Cake Bites by Miss CandiQuik
2. Kite Cake Pops by Party Pinching
3. Chocolate Terra Cotta Pots with Marshmallow Topiary Bunnies by Hoopla Palooza
4. Fondant Daisies with Yellow Cake Pop Centers by The Partiologist
5. Chick Cake Pops with Bonnets by sugarkissed.net
6. Easter Cake Pops for Your Dessert Table by niner bakes
7. Springtime Cake Pop Nests by Munchkin Munchies
8. Elegant Spring Flower Cake Pops by Pint Sized Baker
9. Butterfly Kisses Cake Pops by Bubble and Sweet
10. Pastel Sparkle Cake Pops by Heavenly Cake Pops
With their flower-studded bonnets and rosey cheeks, these chick cake pops will be the most fashionable treats at any Easter table. And just imagine the stunning Easter basket you can create with a few of these chick cake pops nestled in a pile of Easter grass sprinkled with jelly beans. Everyone knows that chicks rule and these cake pops prove it!
It is best to make these chick cake pops using light-colored cake. If your cake is a dark color, it may show through the yellow candy coating. For a recipe and step-by-step directions for making cheesecake-flavored cake pops that will work perfectly, check out How To Make Cake Pops With Unique Flavors.
Supplies for Making Chick Cake Pops
To make chick cake pops with bonnets, you will need:
• Chilled cake pops in a light color, made from your favorite cake pop recipe
• Orange and yellow M&M’s Minis
• Black confetti sprinkles
• A pair of food-safe tweezers
• Pink luster dust (optional, for rosey cheeks)
• Black gel food coloring (optional, for facial features)
• A small food-safe paint brush (optional, for facial features)
• A cake pop stand
How To Make Chick Cake Pops
Start by microwaving your yellow candy melts in a bowl on low power for 30-seconds at a time. Stop and stir after each 30-second interval then repeat until the coating is completely melted.
Dip a cake pop straight down into the yellow coating until the cake ball is completely covered and sealed. Then, turn the cake pop at an angle and gently tap off any excess coating. Turn the cake pop upright.
Working quickly so the candy coating does not dry, use your food-safe tweezers to apply two black confetti sprinkles as eyes, one orange M&M’s as a nose, two orange leaf or star sprinkles as feet, and two yellow M&M’s as wings. Set the cake pop upright in your styrofoam block or cake pop stand until the coating has completely hardened.
Troubleshooting: If your M&M’s are falling off of your cake pop, your candy coating is probably too thin. Try to wait a little longer before attaching these pieces. Your candy coating needs to be starting to thicken but still wet. The ideal time is right before the coating hardens. As an alternative, you can wait until the candy coating has completely hardened. Then, use a toothpick to place a touch of wet candy coating onto your M&M’s and attach them to your cake pops.
If you would like to add rosey cheeks to your chick cake pops, dip a Q-Tip in your pink luster dust and rub it directly onto the hardened candy coating in a circular motion. You can add facial features, such as eyelashes, freckles, and smiles with a food-safe paint brush dipped in black gel food coloring.
Supplies for Adding Bonnets to Chick Cake Pops
• Rolo caramel candies
• Pink and white candy melts
• Rainbow disco dust (optional)***
• Tiny white non-pareils
How To Add Bonnets to Chick Cake Pops
Start by microwaving your pink candy melts in a pastry bag or sandwich bag on low power for 30-seconds at a time. Stop and massage the bag after each 30-second interval then repeat until the coating is completely melted.
Cut off the tip of the bag and pipe the brim of a bonnet onto a square of wax paper. If your shape is a little lumpy, simple drag a toothpick through the coating to smooth out the surface.
If you would like your bonnet to sparkle, sprinkle rainbow disco dust onto the candy coating. Then, set the wax paper on top of one of your chick cake pops to dry. The edges of the wax paper will droop, giving the brim of the bonnet a wavy shape. Repeat this process for all of your bonnets. Once the brims have hardened, remove them from the chick cake pops and set them aside for use in the next step.
***UPDATE: Please note that since this blog post was written, I have discovered that there is some debate over the use of disco dust on food products. It is marketed for cake decorating, but it is not FDA approved and is labeled only as “non-toxic”. My understanding is that it is not digested by the body and will pass through harmlessly in small amounts. For an edible alternative to disco dust, try Wilton Cake Sparkles or Sugarpaste Crystal Colors.***
To create the dome of a chick’s bonnet, insert a toothpick into the top of a Rolo and dip it straight down in the pink candy coating. Gently tap off any excess coating. If the dark color of the Rolo is showing through your coating, you may want to let it harden and dip it again before moving on.
Use a second toothpick to push the Rolo off of the first toothpick and onto the brim of the bonnet. Sprinkle disco dust onto the wet coating for a little sparkle. Repeat this process for all of your chick bonnets, moving onto the next step once all of the coating has hardened.
Melt your white candy melts in a microwave safe bowl. Use a toothpick to apply a stripe on the bonnet where the dome and brim pieces connect. Sprinkle tiny white non-pareils onto the coating before it hardens.
To add flower accents to your chick bonnets, use a toothpick to apply a touch of coating to the back of a flower sprinkle as glue. Attach the flower to the front of the bonnet.
Once the coating on all of your bonnets has hardened, use a bit of candy coating to glue them to the tops of your chick cake pops.
I could never pull off an Easter bonnet, but these chicks sure can!