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How to Make Emoji Cake Pops

Emoji Cake Pops haz all da feelz for Valentine’s Day. Cake pops + emojis = Valentine’s treats. Nothin’ could be sweeter.

Emoji Cake Pops

Emoji Cake Pops

You will want a sturdy styrofoam block or a Wilton Cake Pops Stand before entering to world of cake pops because you will need to prop them up after dipping. Either of these can be purchased online or at a craft store.

Cake Pop Recipe

First, bake a 18.25 oz. cake mix. Allow to cool.

Then grab one 16 oz. container of store bought frosting. It’s important to note that you can only use 3/4ths of the container though or, consequently, your cake pops will crack after coated.

Place 3/4 of the container (or 12 ounces or 1 1/2 cups) of frosting into all of the cooled, baked cake. Did I mention using only 3/4ths of the container of frosting? I recommend placing cake & frosting in mixing bowl and mixing until well-combined.

Form into about 1-inch balls and place on baking sheet. Form the same amount of cake into a poop emoji by pressing it into a flat but thick triangle then forming some curves with your fingers and a little curved tip at the top. Freeze on tray for 15 minutes to set.

During the wait time seems like a great time to melt chocolate and yellow candies.

Remove cake balls from freezer once they’re chilled. Poke top of lollipop stick into melted candy just about 1/8 inch, then insert a lollipop stick into cake ball. Finally, reform the top a little bit again as it might get a little bit flat from sitting on the pan.

Royal Icing Recipe

Place all ingredients into mixer. Turn on low speed until powdered sugar is incorporated into a frosting. This prevents powdered sugar snow in the kitchen. Continue to mix until the frosting is stiff – like whipped cream.  If you remove the whisk attachment, the frosting should stand up pretty much straight. Use decorating bag and a simple round tip to decorate.

Emoji Cake Pops

For Silly Face Emoji Cake Pops Dip in yellow candy, place one eye candy (yes, I know) on the right side of where you’d like the face to be. Allow to dry. Finish off face using black royal icing and just carefully break a thin pink heart to make the tongues. After drawing the mouth, the tongue can be glued onto black frosting before it dries to complete the look.

Emoji Cake Pops

For Poop Emoji Cake pops Dip in dark chocolate candy, place eye candies in place. Allow to dry (they can be carefully laid upon parchment paper on baking sheet to dry since they’re kinda flat anyhow). Finish off face using white royal icing to draw his stinky little smile.

Emoji Cake Pops

For Love Emoji Cake Pops Dip in yellow candy, place two red hearts for eyes. Allow to dry and then finish off face using black royal icing for the smile.

If you like, you can let frosting on emoji cake pops dry overnight and then place a clear bag over the top and wrap a bow around the bottom of the cake pop. You can also carefully place the cake pop stick into a matching, striped paper straws making for an extra cute delivery.

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Homemade German Chocolate Cake Recipe

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I love a dark, moist German Chocolate Cake. The real magic, though, maybe the penuche topping. I can still almost see it on top of my great aunt & uncle’s bar glowing on top of a 9X13 pan of chocolate cake. All messy and perfect and messy.

German Chocolate Cake Recipe

Penuche Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups pecans, chopped & lightly toasted
  • 7 ounces sweetened coconut,shredded

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Mix in heavy cream, egg yolks, sugars, vanilla, & salt. Continue stirring and cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. Watch closely. Stir in pecans and coconut too. Finally, allow to cool to room temperature and then save inside refrigerator until cake is ready.

German Chocolate Cake Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup hot water

Preheat oven to 350F.

Place dry ingredients into mixer. Place eggs, buttermilk, oil, sour cream and vanilla in a container and beat together well. Add wet ingredients with dry ingredients. Finally, add hot water on low speed. Scrape down edges of bowl to be sure to incorporate all ingredients into batter. Mix on medium speed for a couple minutes.

Prepare two 8-inch round cake pans by coating with butter (making sure to cover all inside edges) then sprinkle with flour. Coat well but remove excess flour. Of course, the easiest way to prep your pans, though, is to use non-stick baking spray.

Bake for about 25 minutes or until a fork poked inside comes out clean. Also, carefully touch top quickly and see if cake springs back up. If it does, it is ready.

The benefits of freezing your cakes.

Allow cakes to cool completely. If baking cakes ahead of time, you can wrap well in plastic wrap and freeze until ready to use too. Freezing often makes for a very moist cake. This recipe, however, is very moist without freezing as long as you remove it from oven at just the right time. Cakes are also way easier to frost when frozen. Therefore, a prettier cake.

After everything has cooled, place one cake on a plate. Place half the filling on the first layer. Place second layer on top. Frost sides with frosting. Also, spread penuche over top layer. Finally, I placed a pretty border around the top.

In addition, you can also bake your cake batter in a 9X13 baking pan and top with penuche for a less fancy version since this is perfect for a casual potluck.

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 6 ounces high-quality, unsweetened chocolate, melted

Place butter, powdered sugar, salt, and maybe cinnamon into mixing bowl. Start out on low then turn speed up after powdered sugar has combined with butter. Mix until light & fluffy. Melt chocolate in microwave in 30-second intervals or rather over a double boiler until a small piece or two is still yet unmelted; hence, you won’t overheat it. Then remove from and continue to stir heat until melting process is complete. Carefully add melted chocolate into frosting mixture at once. Finally, whip until an especially noteworthy chocolate frosting.

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Homemade Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese frosting Recipe

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I admit, my memories of carrot cake are a bit abnormal. When a bakery shelf becomes your natural before school nap habitat, you catch glimpses of bakers taking full sheetcakes out of a room-size, ferris-wheel oven.

You watch your mom carefully remove parchment papers the size of a small child off bottom of each cake. You drool as each cake is cut into the sizes requested for each special-order customer.

You nap some more.

You wake up to dozens of 8-inch carrot cakes decorated with cream cheese frosting and carefully placed in a revolving case.

You pretend you can eat the cakes through the glass. You run to the back next to your momma’s side when you notice a customer giggling at your dramatic, cake-longing expressions.

You watch the carrot cakes go out the door one by one as customers proudly carry their box out to their cars to their celebrations.

You play with plastic cake decorating embellishment toys. (Even though I was shaped like a muffin and never danced, the ballerinas were my favorite).

You laugh as, once again, the baker purposefully trips and pretends to drop a gorgeous wedding cake and your mom’s heart rate drops. “You jerk,” she replies to the man who signs her paycheck. This is almost a daily occurrence.

 

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Preheat oven to 350F.

Carrot Cake Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • Dash of freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots, grated
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)

Place dry ingredients into mixer and mix until stirred together. Stop mixer and add remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Butter and then flour 2 8-inch pans or one 9X13 pan. Pour batter into pans (or pan).

Bake for 45-55 minutes. Cake is done when fork comes out clean.

Allow cake to cool completely. If baking in 9X13, just wait for cake to cool completely, make half a batch of frosting, frost top of cake, and serve out of pan.

If making 2 8-inch cakes for a layered cake, make complete recipe of frosting. Wrap each cake in plastic wrap and freeze overnight or for a few hours then place on platter and frost. The easiest way for beginners to frost a cake is to use a decorating bag with a large tip to decorate. This alleviates crumbs that can happen when spreading with a spatula. Freezing your cakes before frosting also helps cut down the cakes and creates a moister cake.

 

Frosting Ingredients

  • 8 ounces unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar
  • Sea salt (to taste – this might take up to a teaspoon)
  • Few drops of water if needed

Mix frosting ingredients together on lowest setting until powdered sugar is combined. Turn up speed and whip for about 8-10 minutes. If frosting is too sweet, it needs more salt.

And then you grow up and you realize. Cake is community. And you start a food blog. Cuz everyone deserves to have a community of happiness. And cake. And jerks. And happiness.

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