Owl Cake Pops

I was inspired by Bakerella’s book to try to make cake pops for my husband’s cousin’s baby shower.  They actually turned out a lot better than I expected.  They are pretty easy to make; the most time consuming part was adding all of the little eyes, beaks and feet!

Ingredients:

1 cake mix (any flavor) prepared according to the package instructions

3/4 of a 16-ounce tub of frosting (not whipped frosting)

Instructions:

Bake cake and let it cool.  Once the cake is completely cooled, break it up into crumbs, like this:

Then add in the 3/4 tub of frosting and mix until it is all combined, like this:

Roll into ~1 1/2 in balls.  I used a mini ice cream/cookie scoop for this.  You should get around 48 balls.  Put them in the refrigerator for awhile so they are nice and firm when you want to start dipping them.

For the owls, I then dipped the sticks in melted chocolate and inserted them about half way into the balls.  Then I used chocolate to stick on the “ears” which were white chocolate chips.  Once the chocolate holding on the sticks ears was dry, I dipped each one in melted chocolate.  One of them ended up a little messy before I realized it was important to make sure that most of the extra chocolate had dripped off before standing it in the block:

Here they are all dipped and ready for decorating.  Make sure the chocolate is completely dry before attaching anything to the cake pops!

Lastly, use a toothpick and a small amount of melted chocolate to attach the eyes, beaks and feet.

Here they are all finished and ready to go!!

Linked to the Weekend Wrap Up at Tatertots and Jello.

Animal Graham Crackers

Another inspiration from Weelicious.  My mom and I made these for favors for my friend’s baby shower this past weekend.  They are quite tasty and pretty easy to make, especially if you have a food processor handy.

1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar, packed
1/2 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Butter, chilled & cubed
1/4 Cup Honey
1/4 Cup Water

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a food processor or mixer combine the first 6 ingredients.
3. Add cubed and chilled butter to the mix and pulse/mix until it resembles coarse meal.
4. Add honey and water and continue to mix until it all combines.
5. Remove and shape the dough into a flat disk and place between two pieces of parchment paper.
6. Roll dough out until 1/4 inch thick. Cut into crackers or shapes.
7. Place cookies on parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes **(after 15 minutes made mine were a little too dark, but 13 minutes was perfect).
8. Cool and serve.

 

Comments:

  • I didn’t have dark brown sugar so I added a little molasses.  I filled my 1/4 cup almost full of honey and then added enough molasses to bring it to a full 1/4 cup.
  • Make sure that the butter is cold or the dough will be sticky when you roll it out.
  • Rolling the dough between two sheets of parchment works out really well – no extra flour needed!

The final product below, I think they turned out pretty cute!