Saturday, August 27, 2011

Beer (Guinness) Mug Cake Pops


I've been meaning to post this for awhile....

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 In keeping with the miniature theme lately, this week a few weeks ago I made miniature beer mugs. We are attending attended an Augtoberfest party and thought these would be a good contribution. Plus, I've never made cake pops before and wanted to try it out. I got this book for Christmas, and this was my first time making them. I recommend the book, or visiting her blog, if you want detailed instructions.



This activity took me a few nights. The first night was solely devoted to baking the cake. The second night I rolled the cake balls. This involved crumbling the cake, mixing with icing (store-bought of course), then forming into the shape of balls.

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Adding icing to my cake crumbs

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Okay, I forgot to take a picture of the balls, but these are in the mug form.


Enter day three. After refrigerating these suckers, it came time for the candy coating. I quickly learned that you can't just put a stick in these and go immediately into the candy dunking. If you do, balls of cake get lost in the candy goo. I had much greater success dipping the lollipop stick into the melted candy, sticking it into the cake pop, then allowing to cool. THEN proceeding into the candy dunking.

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Awaiting a candy dunk
In the meantime I rolled and made a few mug handles fashioned from gum paste (once again, store-bought).

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Turns out there was no need for that rolling pin you see here.
After heating up some candy in the microwave each cake got a dunk. I immediately gave them each a handle before the candy coating cooled. Sadly the beer color ended up a bit darker than I had anticipated, and so rather than some pale ales, they ended looking more like Guinness beer mugs.

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Almost done
And lastly, I added a frothy finish...

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So they ended up being a hit at the party. Would I make them again? Eh.... I would probably stick with some simple round cake balls in the future.

6 comments:

  1. How did you do the frothy finish?

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    1. I melted white candy and drizzled it on top. Kind of starting from the top, middle of the mug, then let it overflow down the sides... if that makes sense.

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  2. Makes perfect sense! I have never used gum paste before. Is it easy?

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    1. Actually this was the first time I've ever used it. It may have just been the brand I bought, but it seemed dry to me. I might just go with the pre-made fondant in the future. It seems much more pliable!

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