First I need to go a little Fan Girl over the Edible Crafts section of CraftGossip.com. The editor Meaghan posts some of the most awesome food projects ever. I must have similar taste to her because I love all the projects she features. She is also the author of a cookie book, Cookie Sensations, which I think is so awesome. Meaghan featured these Chocolate dipped "cakeberries" from Dollhouse Bake Shoppe and I knew I must make them.
Essentially they are cake-pops formed into strawberries and dipped to look like a strawberry. I have never made a cake-pop before, so why not start out with a bang. Go big or go home, that's my motto!
I deviated from the original a little bit:
- I used Strawberry cake and icing. The red velvet looks more like a strawberry but I liked the idea of keeping strawberry flavor.
- I used airheads for the strawberry tops. I only had two green airheads for 25 cake pops, so some of them were lacking in that department. I need to bite the bullet and get some fondant skills!
- I couldn't find my food coloring so I tried to tint the toothpicks with gel writing frosting. Kind of a fail, it was sorta tinted green but the gel stuff never really hardens.
- One box of cake mix made 25 strawberries. Some of my strawberries were really big, so I could say 30-32 is probably an appropriate number to count on.
Here are mine looking all delicious on the tray.
I found these cute treat boxes at the Dollar store back in January so I put his teacher's treats in them. I love the little window. My only regret is only buying two. The rest of my boxes didn't have a fun little window. I took the cardstock my son stamped and made them a backing for his teacher valentines. All his hard work didn't have to go to waste!
I took them to 6 different people. I snagged one from my Mom when I delivered hers. They were pretty tasty. I think I am hooked on cake-pops now!