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Christmas Cake Pops

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I have to start this post out by thanking Angie at Bakerella. If you haven’t heard of her, she is without a doubt, the queen of cake pops – having blogged for years as Bakerella and having published an excellent book on making cake pops. The instructions in her book are fantastic – she covers every detail from the basics on how to make cake pops of all kinds, down to how to ship and store them. I’m pretty sure she has played a major role in the cake pop craze sweeping the globe too!

Her book’s thorough instructions made these Christmas cake pops easy to make for the holiday issue of the LCBO’s Food and Drink magazine. (Yay! I was so happy to be asked to make the pops for them. Btw info. in index and photo on pg. 29).

If you haven’t seen Food & Drink, it’s a Canadian magazine dedicated to the art of entertaining, including the latest recipes and information on wine, spirits and beer. It’s a real treat for the eyes and is so inspiring – no matter what the season, it always manages to get me in the mood for trying new sweet and savoury dishes.

It’s a little early for Christmas, but since they were actually made in July, I’m happy to finally post them here.

All the pops were vanilla or chocolate with merckens candy coating. These above were dipped into sanding sugar and decorated with gum paste snowflakesand gum paste trees.

The milk chocolate pops were topped with gold flakes (If you’d like to read more info. on edible gold, please click here).

Some ‘snowier’ options included cake pops covered in coconut, white sanding sugar or candy cane bits.

Green gum paste used with this holly cutter, as well as white and red royal icing, turned these into a cake pop version of Christmas fruit cake.

And of course I enjoyed nibbling (okay chomping), on the ‘fruits’ of my labour.

Fun to make, delicious to eat and perfect little personalized gifts – hope you enjoy making cake pops this upcoming Christmas season too.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop me a line in the comment section below, on Facebook or twitter.

xo,

Marian

 

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82 Comments

  1. larinda
    November 15, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Permalink
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    hi, i am a huge fan of all cake pops and i have made so many but here is one i haven’t made just yet and i was looking for the best dessert for the family for this christmas that they haven’t had yet ,so thank you for you BEAUTIFUL ideas and DELICIOUS recipes.

  2. Juny
    November 15, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Permalink
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    Hi Marian,

    Love your Christmas theme design. ^_^ I’m inspired by your collection.
    Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  3. November 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Permalink
    53

    very cute and thanks for the useful tips!

  4. November 17, 2011 at 8:04 am | Permalink
    54

    Congratulations on the feature! These are utterly perfect. And make me want that magazine. (Linking on edible crafts, too)

  5. marian
    November 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Permalink
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    @ larinda, @ Juny, @ Janeen Donati, @ meaghan (the decorated cookie): Thank youuuu!

  6. November 20, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Permalink
    56

    What a wonderful notion. I have not made these before. Great idea! And they look so cute too. Thanks.

  7. Talia
    December 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Permalink
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    I’m in the sixth grade and i was looking for christmas cake pops 4 a school christmas party and your website helped me find EXCACTLY what i needed thank you so much! I’m sure everyone in the school will LOVE them. (If imake them right and if they are as cool as yours!!!!!!!!(:
    Thanks Marian!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. December 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Permalink
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    @ Talia: You’re already awesome because you’re only in the 6th grade and making them! Kudos to you! Please share pics on my Facebook page when you’re done!

  9. December 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Permalink
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    I read this article in the LCBO’s Food & Drink magazine and just stumbled into your website today! Gorgeous ideas and amazing food photography, thanks for sharing :D Do you have a store in Toronto?

  10. December 10, 2011 at 11:04 am | Permalink
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    @ Tamar: No, generally I just blog about sweet stuff I make, but you can contact me through my contact page above. Thanks for visiting!

  11. Joseph
    December 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Permalink
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    I will be making them for the first time this christmas. How long will they keep and can you freeze them?

  12. marian
    December 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Permalink
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    @ Joseph: Yes, they can be frozen no problem. In terms of how long they will keep, I’m not actually sure as these were eaten right after the shoot. Please check with Bakerella.com for the expert answer.

  13. Tara
    December 11, 2011 at 10:54 am | Permalink
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    How do you make the batter of the cake pop’s? I really wish to make them :D

  14. marian
    December 11, 2011 at 11:00 am | Permalink
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    @ Tara: I basically followed Bakerella’s method. You can find her at Bakerella.com

  15. December 14, 2011 at 7:35 am | Permalink
    65

    Those cakepops looks really cute!!

  16. Sara-Jane
    December 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Permalink
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    Hi Marian,
    I adore FOOD & DRINK and stalk the LCBO each season until I get a copy. I have been following your blog for awhile now and wanted to congratulate you on your addition to the most recent FOOD & DRINK! I saw those cake pops in the magazine and I’m thrilled to find out that you made them!
    Quick question for you… for the “snowy” ones or the ones that you covered in sanding sugar, did you simply dip the entire cake pop (once covered in candy coating) into a glass or deep bowl of sanding sugar? Did you have any trouble with the cake pops “coming off” the stick?
    Can’t wait to try these out for Christmas! I have Bakerella’s “Cake Pop” book and so I will be following her method BUT using your technique and decor ideas!
    Thanks!
    Sara

  17. marian
    December 14, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Permalink
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    @ Sara-Jane: Thanks so much! I was thrilled to be in there! I appreciate you following the blog too – it’s so much fun to ‘meet’ people on the net!
    I did find that dunking the cake pop in the sanding sugar was too much force – I sprinkled the sanding sugar on while the merckens wafers were ‘wet’, and slowly twirled the cake pop to ensure even coverage.
    I haven’t made cake pops often, so was unsure about how well they would turn out, but following Bakerella’s book did the trick.
    Happy Holidays to you!

  18. via
    January 6, 2012 at 2:22 am | Permalink
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    Hi Marian,
    Again, really love your work. the cake pops look simple but elegant.
    I’ve tried making them last month for x’mas children’s goody bag, but it’s not success, because some of the cake balls were ruin so it fell down from the sticks.
    I don’t know what was wrong. Is it the batter of the cake(I used red velvet), the butter cream(I used swiss meringue butter cream), or else?
    Even in my country, we don’t have candy coating, so i just used chocolate ganache to cover the cake pops. Is it wrong too? Coz the cover weren’t harden after 6 hours i’ve put the cake pops in the refrigerator. hiks …
    Really need help your Marian! or everyone! Pleaseee …
    Thx a lot!!!

  19. via
    January 6, 2012 at 2:26 am | Permalink
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    Ups sorry … incorrect wording *really need your help Marian*

  20. marian
    January 6, 2012 at 6:21 am | Permalink
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    @ via: Oh dear! I definitely recommend asking Bakerella.com. She is the absolute expert on cake pops and it’s her book which I followed. I wish I could help, but I haven’t made them enough to be able to really help you. xo

  21. Lots
    October 15, 2012 at 11:43 am | Permalink
    71

    Why doesn’t the link for the Christmas tree cutter work?

  22. marian
    October 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Permalink
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    Thanks for the heads up, @ Lots. I guess it’s not longer available at that link. It’s called the PME Christmas tree cutter.

  23. December 10, 2012 at 10:57 am | Permalink
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    Congratulations on the feature! you deserve it Marian
    Amazing sweets xoxo

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