Do you wanna make a cake pop?
It’s a baking kind of day
Let’s crumble up some cake and when
We add some icing then
It’s time to roll away!
We turn them into Olafs
And now we melt
the candy so we can dip!
Do you wanna make a cake pop?
It doesn’t have to be an Olaf.
So now that we’ve brushed up on our singing, let’s get down to the business of cake pops. I’m not gonna lie, these are tedious, but I’ll do my best to break down the steps for you. It was my first attempt at making Frozen-themed anything and I managed several dozen Olafs and Svens. Unfortunately, I didn’t really stop to take pics of my Sven process so I’ll stick with the snowman.
How to make Olaf Cake Pops
First, you will need to prepare by baking, cooling, crumbing and mixing your cake with icing. For instructions on how to get the cake/icing mix ready and how to melt and dip the cake pops, click here and read this first.
You will also need the following (everything can be found at Bulk Barn except for the Americolor markers which were ordered online):
- Orange fondant/gumpaste shaped into carrot noses (these are best made ahead and left to harden slightly). Several companies sell prepackaged fondant and gumpaste but you can also make your own marshmallow fondant.
- Mini marshmallows snipped in half and trimmed into teeny rectangles for teeth (keep covered so they don’t dry out).
- Candy eyes (Wilton).
- Americolor edible ink marker in black (this brand works best on candy melts); alternatively, use a small brush — one that is reserved for food decorating — dipped in black gel paste colouring (Wilton). Note: a little goes a long way and the gel paste does not dry well and can be messy to package.
- Black shoe lace liquorice cut into 1/2 inch segments and split carefully about half way down. I snipped with scissors in half then in half again, gently prying apart.
- 9″ lollipop sticks.
- White candy melts (Mercken’s or Wilton).
- Gumpaste tools or any food-safe implement that has a sharp edge (paring knife, back of a spoon?) and another with a blunt or ball-shaped end (end of a chopstick or smallish wooden spoon, perhaps).
- A print-out of Olaf’s head (great as a reference).
- Foam blocks for drying the cake pops.
So you’ve got your cake and icing mixed to the perfect consistency. Booyah! Now scoop into 1-inch balls, roll and then begin shaping. This is where you will play around a bit, molding and shaping.
Use the sharp edged tool to sort of carve out the mouth, making the ‘upper lip’ more pronounced. Then with the ball-shaped tool, poke a hole where the nose will go. It doesn’t have to be deep, just enough to create an indentation when you dip.
At this point your cake balls might resemble the Grinch more than an adorable snowman, but bear with me. Place the cake pops on a parchment or wax paper-lined cookie sheet or cake/jelly roll pan, cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill.
Have all your supplies at hand, right down to matching eyeballs. The only thing I put on Olaf before the candy coating dries is the liquorice hair. Poke it firmly in, right through to the cake, or else it’ll break off.
Then, work in stages:
- After the coating has hardened, with a bit of the melted coating and a toothpick, ‘glue on’ the eyes.
- Then with the edible marker (or brush dipped in gel colouring), outline the mouth and fill in.
- Next, stick on the marshmallow teeth, sticky side down.
- Draw in the eyebrows.
- Finally, glue on the nose (you’ll have to re-melt the candy coating by now.)
And there you have it! These will be a big hit at your next Frozen party. And please let me know if you try to make these! 🙂