I’m totally excited that I got a review copy of Cupcakes, Cookies & Pie, Oh, My! I own both Hello Cupcake and What’s New Cupcake? but I’m the world’s worst cake decorator and even the child friendly directions were too much for me at the time.
After nearly two years of blogging I felt ready to tackle something! I went through the book and started with the easiest creation and it worked out a lot better for me. I also bookmarked a few other easier ones to get in some more decorating practice so I can work my way up to one of the amazing cakes in the book!
The first two books focused on turning cupcakes into fun creations while the third book takes it one step further and has decoration ideas for brownies, cookies, rice krispie treats and pie!
The book has six different chapters, build a pet, make ‘em laugh, animal planet, guys and dolls, life of the party and holidazed, as well as a chapter for tools and master recipes.
Some of the designs would be fun to make with kids and the more complicated ones would make great centerpieces for parties or special gatherings.
Most of the decorating candies and ingredients used in the book can be found in the UK. The candies may have different names but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen most items in the pick n’ mix before. Canned icing and cake mix are also now readily available compared with a few years ago. The only thing I couldn’t think of a substitute for was Cool Whip (perhaps Angel Delight but I’ve never tried it).
For these Emoticon Cake Pops I used a store bought Maderia cake (the British version of pound cake) but the loaves are ridiculously tiny compared to the American sized loaves.
Emoticon Cake Pops
1 frozen pound cake/maderia cake
lollipop sticks or plastic forks
Black decorating pen
pink, green and yellow gel colors
1 can vanilla frosting
1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Trim the ends off the pound cake and slice into 1 inch thick slices
2. Use a small glass to cut 1-2 circles out of each slice (I used an espresso cup). Insert a fork or lollipop stick with a bit of frosting into the cake and freeze for 15 minutes.
3. Divide the vanilla frosting into 4 different bowls and tint with the gel color and microwave for 10 seconds or until texture is like whipped cream.
4. Remove the cake pops from the freezer and and dip the cake into the frosting to cover. Place on the baking tray. Dip the rest of the cake pops and refrigerate until set (about 20 minutes).
5. Once the pops are set use your decorating pen to draw your favorite symbols. Mine were supposed to be :-/ <3 :-p but also consider :-) :-D :-x ;-)
p.s. now I can’t get this Cool Hwhip out of my head.
Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for my review copy