3/22/11

midori cake pops


Do you like my cake pop french man in the middle with his white chocolate beret? I kind of dig him. He has great eyebrows don't you think? No one has eaten him--I don't want to lose him, I like him, kind of like Tom Hanks loved his volleyball turned best friend in the movie "Cast Away". I tried making a surfer dude with gnarly hair using the coconut (behind french man), but it didn't work so well.

Cake pops are literally sweeping the nation. I've even seen them in Starbucks! Is there a "cake pops for dummies" book out yet? Was it really Bakerella that invented them? I've been meaning to make them for a long time, but got lazy because they are labor intensive! Hard lil critters to make. To be clear, cake pops are labor intensive, the cake balls not so much. With the balls there is no stick to fiddle with or drying upright to keep a smooth complexion.
I didn't want to make just any cake pop, I wanted flavor-- funky flavor that would stand out and pair well with the chocolate dipping melts. Dipping melts don't taste like pure chocolate, and if you have a chocolate palate like I do then dipping melts are a very different flavor. Although I do see why they are used for these cake pops, they dry fast and have a harder, tougher coating than regular chocolate.
When my friend Anna over at cookie madness made (long long time ago) a midori cake, I kept that in the back of my mind to use for a cake of my own.
If you do make these midori cake pops I HIGHLY recommend dipping them in coconut. I should have toasted the coconut first--it would have tasted amazing.
Food Hindsight is always 20/20!
**cooking notes: if you are making cake pops (not balls) please make sure to invest in a large Styrofoam board for placing the cake pops on for drying. I did not. And should have. Read the recipe instructions below carefully as you will be swapping out water and replacing it with midori liquor. I thought the color of the cake pops would be green they are not. If you want them green to represent the midori flavoring then add in a couple drops of green dye to the cake batter before cooking. I used Wiltons candy melts, pens, sticks, bags, etc....The midori flavor is very gentle, not strong at all. I kind of like it that way, so it worked out perfectly. If you did want a stronger midori flavor maybe you could add some to the melted candy melts? But don't know how they would dry/set up. I dipped all my cake pops in a layer of pink candy melts, from there i either added on a 2nd layer of different color candy melts or went the coconut/sprinkle route. Do what whatever creativity you feel. Most of all have fun. If you want a better tutorial than mine (I know mine isn't the best) head over to Bakerella, she is the queen of cake pops after all.


midori cake pops
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1 box cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake)
**for midori balls (melon flavor): reduce the amount of water you add when making the cake batter by ½ cup and add in it’s place 2 nips of Midori liquor (1/2 cup)**
1 can frosting (16 oz.)
Wax paper
Assorted candy melts
lollipop sticks
sprinkles
shredded or toasted coconut
edible ink pens (optional)

Cook cake as per directions in a 13 x 9 pan. Cool, then crumble with your hands, mix in the frosting and mix well. I did NOT use the whole can of frosting; there was maybe 2 TB left. But use your own judgment.
Get you baking sheet with wax paper ready. Take the mixture and roll into small golfballs. You should get about 40-50?
Melt just a little bit of chocolate in a cup or bowl as we are going to dip the sticks in the chocolate to hold the pops in place. Dip the tip of your lollipop stick in a little of the melted candy coating and insert into the cake balls. (Insert a little less than halfway.). Place back on wax covered sheet and into the freezer for a little while to firm up

Ready to dip:
melt chocolate color of your choice in ceramic coffee cups (or bowls) in the microwave per directions on package. I did one minute intervals with a quick stir. (it was easier to use ceramic coffee cups as they are easier for dipping). Get your Styrofoam blocks ready.
Gently dip the cake pops in the chocolate with a rolling method, lift up and continue rolling to get off excess and get a smooth coating. Now if you want to want to add sprinkles and/or coconut to a certain number of pops do it now, then back into fridge for cooling.
Once firm, you can either add another layer of chocolate dip for color/decoration. If you do then back into the freezer to firm up again.
Once dry, draw faces with an edible ink pen.

30 comments:

  1. These are so cute and just scream childs birthday party! I love the one with the little face- too cute. But I LOVE sprinkles- so I would have taken one of those ;)

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  2. Aww man, now there's another thing I have to drool over. OTOH, a nice meat pop would be cool! How about a nice Mojito pop or something like that? God love you Dawn!

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  3. When you first mentioned these I thought they would come out all funky green, but I kind of like that they aren't. I think I've forgotten what midori tastes like. It's been a looooong time!

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  4. I feel like a bad med student right now since I had to go look up what midori is (you know...since med students are alcoholics and all...true story). But now that I have, I know I need these in my life. French man and all.

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  5. i had my first cakepop at starbucks of all places. it was fantastic.

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  6. So so cute! I was right, there is a hint of naughty ;). I have yet to have my first cake pop and posts like these only make me pine some more :-)

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  7. Ah I LOVE midori!! Would go crazy over these!!

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  8. I love it when you try to get me drunk on cake pops and take advantage of me! ;)

    The volley ball was "wilson"..but I think your French man should be name Pierre Pop!

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  9. Too cute! I still haven't made cake balls. I tried one time, but was so grossed out with the process of mushing the cake (red velvet, btw) and icing together I just threw it all out. I like the finished product, though.

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  10. I love Midori!! Now I need to go get some...

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  11. I have never made cake pops so I can only imagine how labor intensive they are. I do like your idea of making them out of slightly alcoholic cakes. If I fail at the cake pops it certainly won't be a hardship eating the mistakes.

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  12. Is the midori taste strong? I hope so, I love that stuff!

    I saw the cake pops being advertised at Starbucks too. Bakerella should copyright that idea! I wonder if she did. And if you haven't been over to her blog recently, she's going through a tough time. :(

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  13. oh la la! I love your French pop :) I too saw them at StarBucks and was amazed. I haven't yet made them. But..... I think it may be time.

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  14. They are adorable, especially the French man:-)

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  15. These are so much fun to make. You leave me inspired to try it.

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  16. You slay! hahaha The guy with the beret is too funny. Everyone's making cake pops, but we've never done it. Yet another thing to try!

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  17. How cute are those?? And the flavor sounds marvelous. Yes, the little Frenchman is quite a character. He and midori go well together. :)

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  18. These were to DIE for and the PICS look terrific.....You are really really talented Dawn!

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  19. Too cute! You made me laugh so hard when you were texting me about these. I think they look wonderful.

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  20. I was just going to say - these looks just like what starbucks launched. I haven't tried them yet but looks fabulous!

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  21. i immediately thought to myself 'that little fella's wearing a beret--tres magnifique!' excellent creation, dawn!

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  22. ooh, i love frenchie too :)

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  23. Man do these look good. Like too good to eat. I can't stand it.

    Will give these a try ASAP. And I just love the food writing pens as well. Thank you!

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  24. RE: Is there a "cake pops for dummies" book out yet?

    Bakerella's cake pop cookbook is basically for dummies. All the recipes use store-bought mixes, icing, etc. So easy, all you need is a little creative capacity and patience. After a couple practice pops, anyone can be a cake pop master!

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  25. Absolutely on my to do list. Let's be honest, anything on a stick is always an improvement! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pops!

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  26. Love the French man. He's such a gentleman, and ever so fashionable.

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  27. these are so cute!

    http://ladulcivida.blogspot.com/

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  28. I didn't listen and tried to cover them in white chocolate - this did not work out so well, plus I think I used too much frosting (is there such a thing?). I saved the dough and tried again with the candy melts and it worked perfectly. Should have listened the first time...

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  29. The double colors is SUCH a fun idea!

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