Giving mom flowers on Mothers day is almost like a ritual. Despite how hard our moms try to act surprised when they receive flowers, they were probably already picking out a vase to put them in the week before. So this year, I decided to combine my DIY cake concept and flowers into one spectacular, yummy bouquet. My creation – rose cake pops in a mini garden.
Note: If you don’t have any experience with cake pops or fondant, I would recommend doing something a bit more simple to start off with.
What You Need (for the fence):
- Popsicle sticks
- Styrofoam board/ block
- Crepe Paper
- Tissue Paper
What To Do:
- Carve out a Styrofoam block to a desired size. I wasn’t able to find a suitable sized foam block, so I used one large Styrofoam board and cut it into equal size pieces. I then glued them together to form a block.
- Wrap the block with brown/ green paper.
- Measure the width of the block and align popsicle sticks along the width of the box. Space them out evenly. I spaced mine approx. 1 cm apart.
- Glue two popsicle sticks horizontally to hold the vertical sticks together. Repeat this step until all the vertical sticks are secured. Notice the connecting points of the horizontal sticks are different as this will better secure the sticks. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the remaining sides. You should have two sets of fences with the same length.
- Cut up another board with slightly bigger dimensions than the block to be used as the base of the mini garden and wrap it with green paper. Assemble the fence onto the base. Insert each side of the fence one after another into the base board. It’s easier to stick the fence into the board if you cut open a small opening for each stick with a cutter.
- String the leaves along the fence
What You Need (for the cake pops):
- A cake
- Cake pop/lollipop sticks (15 cm)
- Red candy melts
- Red fondant
- Green fondant
- Star shape cutter
- Parchment paper
- Styrofoam block/ cake pop rack
What To Do:
For the cake, I used my favorite chocolate cake recipe. You can bake it using any shape or size pan. I also prepared the chocolate frosting with a slight modification to the recipe. Instead of using 3 cups of sugar, I used 2. Since the cake will be covered with candy melts, it’s recommended that you make the cake slightly less sweet.
- Mash up the cake into small crumbs. Add a small amount of frosting to your cake crumbs; around a half cup of frosting for 5 cups of crumbs. Mix the frosting and cake until it is fully incorporated and you are able to mold the cake into balls that hold firm together. Add a little more frosting if the cake does not stick together.
- Take a bit of cake and use your hands to roll the cake pops into tight balls.
- Use your hand to mold it into a tear drop shape. Place the cake pops on a tray aligned with a sheet of parchment paper. Freeze the balls in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
- Melt your candy melts as instructed on the package. Dip the tip of your stick (about 1 inch) into the melt and insert it into the cake pop. (You will notice the cake will push some of the candy melt down the stick and leave you with a tiny button of the candy melt at the bottom of the cake pop. Don’t worry if it is slightly big as the button will help hold the cake in place.) Freeze them for another 20 minutes.
- Remove the cake pops from the freezer, give it a few minutes to warm up or else the cake pop might fall apart or crack. Gently dip the cake pops into the candy melts all the way to the stick. If there is too much candy melt on your cake pop, you can tap it gently on the side of the bowl. Place it upright in a Styrofoam or a rack to dry.
- Take a small ball of red fondant (or whatever color you like for your roses) and press your thumb against it on your palm to create a petal. Continue to press against your palm until it becomes very thin. The length of the petal does not have to be the length of the cake pop.
- Place the petal on the cake pop.
- Repeat steps 6 – 7 until you are happy with the size of the rose from a bird eyes view. When you apply the petals on the cake pop, you can use a bit of candy melts to help hold the petals. Turn the cake pop approximately 90 degrees each time you apply an additional petal. Make sure to apply the petals gently to avoid the cake pop falling apart. Take a slightly bigger ball of fondant and make a slightly bigger petal with your fingers. This time, the length of your petal should be approximately the same as the same pop. Apply a total of 3 – 4 of these large petals to wrap around the rose.
- Use a star cookie cutter to carve out a green star to use as the stalk of the rose.
- Insert the cake pop into the center of the star and stick it to the bottom of the cake pop.
- We are done! Now you can place the cake pops in the Styrofoam block!