Leprechaun Cake Pops

I know this is a bit late for St. Paddy’s Day, but better late than never! I know cake pops have been quite the craze lately, and I decided I wanted to make some leprechauns to celebrate.  I looked online for inspiration, but didn’t really find much, so I came up with these little guys.

To make the cake part I just made a standard box of cake mix—baked it and let it cool a bit (not completely cool, but cool enough to work with).  I then used a fork to crumble the cake in the pan, and then transferred the crumbs to a large bowl.  I mixed it with 16 oz of frosting until it became a dough-like mixture.  I formed the cake dough into balls, then placed a lollipop stick into each one. I layered them in a dish with wax paper, then put them in the freezer to set up.

In the meantime I made a base to keep the pops in—I took a piece of Styrofoam, covered it in tinfoil, and used lollipop sticks to poke holes through it.

I bought Wilton brand candy melts at the store in orange, white, and green (the green will be used later for the hats).  I melted almost the whole bag of white, then gradually added a few orange pieces until I got a good skin tone color.

I then dipped the frozen cake balls in the chocolate, and used Wilton eye candies for the eyes. (I promise I don’t work for Wilton, it just so happens the stores in my area only seem to sell Wilton brand products!) I pushed the eyes in right after it was dipped, so that it formed a little ‘ridge’ above to look like an eyebrow ridge.

Ok so they look a bit creepy in this awkward, bald state, but put them in the fridge to let the chocolate harden.

While those are drying, let’s work on the hats!

I decided marshmallows would be the best way to go, as they would be light and pliable.  Take a marshmallow and start to work one side to form a bit of a ridge. I found that if you lightly wet the tips of your fingers with water, it helps to ‘melt’ the marshmallow and keep your fingers from sticking—careful not to use too much water though, otherwise your marshmallow will sort of disintegrate in your hands.

Turn it over and start to flatten the side you just worked with to look like the brim of a hat.

Place the hat to a plate, pushing down so it sticks.  Repeat with as many marshmallow hats as you need, then put the plate in the freezer.  This will let them harden so they will keep their shape.

Once they are frozen into shape, melt your green candy melts.  Place a piece of wax paper on a plate, and dip the bottom of the hats in the green chocolate.  Place on wax paper, then put back in the freezer for a couple of minutes or until the chocolate is hardened.

Once the bottom is hard, dip the tops in the green.  Place back on the plate, bottom down.

Put in freezer until hardened. *Don’t worry if it’s not perfect and you have a bit of white showing near the brim—this will be covered in the next step.

Use black frosting and a small round tip to ‘draw’ black trim near the brim of the hats.

Use a gold glitter decorating gel to draw the buckle.  Put the hats in the freezer until needed again.

Now back to our bald heads—using the black frosting and small round tip again, draw mouths on your faces. We had a little fun and did all sorts of different ones!

Using orange frosting and a star tip, draw beards on your leprechauns.

Also use the orange to ‘glue’ the hats on, and fill in the rest of the head with hair.

And there you have it—a cute little leprechaun cake pop!

Ok so I guess I was feeling a little bit morbid, cause I decided to use red velvet cake for inside the heads—feel free to use whatever kind of cake you feel appropriate. Maybe green? Or funfetti?

Well now that these guys were done, they seemed a bit lonely.  I had recently seen the CUTEST idea for a leprechaun trap cake here at Not Martha. The cake pops are my design, but the cake is entirely based on the cake by Megan on the Not Martha blog.  Here is how my cake came out:

I used a decorative bundt pan and layered my colors. (I also made brown as the bottom layer to look like dirt under the grass!)  I started with the brown, then red, orange, yellow, etc. I used a spoon to sort of spread the batter up the sides of the pan to get the fully defined rainbow.  Here’s a sneak peek inside:

I then decorated it as shown on the Not Martha site, although I did add some sugar daisies and leaves to give the hill a bit more color:

I then had Cliffpro design the box it was to be carried in:

And, as an added bonus, this cake turns your entire mouth green!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

 

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2 Responses to Leprechaun Cake Pops

  1. Candy says:

    These are very cute Jessica.
    There are so many cool websites with zillions of ideas, one did red velvet and mixed cream cheese before shaping them and then dipped in chocolate.
    Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Bill Kenney says:

    Now that is awesomenessssssss!!!!

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