My son just turned two, and we had a teddy bear picnic themed party to celebrate! I wanted to make some extra special treats for the kids, and thought teddy bear cake pops would be perfect! I don’t have much experience with cake pops, so I stuck to the basics. I used store bought cake mix and frosting because I was short on time, and didn’t know how difficult this project would be. It turns out that cake pops are pretty easy and fun to make, so next time I won’t hesitate to branch out with different flavors and frostings.
Here is what the cake pop mixture looked like. I baked one box of cake mix in a 9×13 pan and then crumbled it up and added about 3/4 of a container of store bought chocolate frosting.
Next I rolled the mixture into balls. These are about 1″ in diameter. I set them on a parchment lined pan to prevent sticking.
I used 4-1/2″ lollipop sticks for these cake pops. To get the cake balls to stay put on the lollipop sticks, I dipped the end of each stick into the melted chocolate about 1/2″ deep. Then I immediately stuck the lollipop stick into the cake ball and placed it on the styrofoam block to dry.
I used two 12 ounce bags of Wilton light cocoa candy melts to cover 48 cake pops. The Wilton melts worked wonderfully because they were the perfect consistency. With other brands, I usually have to add shortnening or paramount crystals to thin the coating; but with the Wilton melts I didn’t! Pouring the chocolate into a tall narrow glass like this pint glass is helpful because it allows you to get the most dips out of your chocolate.
My technique for dipping each pop is to fully submerge the pop in chocolate and then pull it directly back out without swirling the pop around in the chocolate. I found that if I moved the cake pop around in the chocolate, there was a much higher chance that it would fall off of the stick. When I dipped the pop straight in and back out, I had almost no problem with cake pops falling off the sticks. Once I had the pop out of the chocolate, I would swirl it around right near the surface of the chocolate (as shown in the above picture) to get excess chocolate off.
The cake pops dried surprisingly quickly (probably withing 10 minutes). You can see the change in sheen once the pops are dry to the touch.
The next step is decorating the pops! This is the fun part! I used fondant for the decorations and colored three small pieces brown, black, and tan. I used AmeriColor chocolate brown, super black, and ivory gel pastes to get the shades that I wanted. For the muzzles I rolled out the tan fondant using my small fondant rolling pin with pink bands.
I used the bottom of a standard decorating tip to cut out the circle that forms the muzzle or mouth area of the bear. The toothpick cut in half is used to make a small hole for the mouth.
Decorating tips work great when you don’t have a small enough circle cutter for what you are doing.
To make the teddy bear ears, I rolled a bunch of small brown balls of fondant and used a fondant sculpting tool to indent the center of each ear.
I cut each of the indented ovals using an x-acto knife and used the top portion as an ear. Originally I cut these in half to make two ears, but I found that the ears were too small so I just cut them about 3/4 of the way to the bottom and re-rolled the excess fondant.
The eyes and nose are just small balls of black fondant rolled into oval shapes. The eyes should be smaller than the nose and more oval in shape.
Once you have the eyes, nose, ears, and muzzle all ready to go, things come together pretty quickly. Here is a plain cake pop with no decoration.
Step 1 – Add the muzzle. My fondant was sticky enough that it adhered to the cake pop just by itself. If you are working with a drier texture of fondant, you could use melted chocolate or royal icing to stick the details to the pop.
Step 2 – Add the ears. Put them on the cake pop so that you can easily see them when you take a step back.
Step 3 – Add the nose. Again my fondant was very sticky so the nose easily stuck to the muzzle, but you could use a bit of water to get the nose to adhere.
Step 4 – Create the mouth. I used a cut toothpick to make a tiny hole for the mouth. For the teddy bear pop that is smiling in the first picture of this blog, I just used a fondant sculpting tool with a flat edge. You could also use the tip of a ruler.
Step 5 – Add the eyes. Here is where your teddy bear really comes to life!
The only problem with these cake pops is that they are almost too cute to eat!
I had a great time making these cake pops, and will definitely make more cake pops in the future, but as I learned at Hudson’s party, they do have one limitation, heat. The temperature was 82 degrees, and even in the shade it wasn’t cool enough for these poor bears!