Hello there! My name is Missy, and I am a new blogger at Mom in Timeout. I love to bake goodies, decorate and craft with my 5 kiddos. I am a home-based baker, who loves to make all kinds of unusual treats! I’m always finding inspiration all around me…I map out my plan for a new treat, scoop up my ingredients, and then break down the steps for you to follow! I post a new tutorial every Wednesday, so be sure to stop by and check it out! Today, we are making Corn Stalk Cake Pops! They are a fun Thanksgiving treat for the kiddos to help decorate, and give as class gifts to show how thankful they are of all of them.
So let’s get started!
White or orange Candy Melts
Nerds candy from the store (I picked out all of the orange, yellow, and purple).
M&M’s (I picked out all of the yellow, orange, red and brown).
A fondant roller (not shown)
Cake pops sticks or straws
Icing of choice (any flavor)
Cake mix (any flavor)
Wax or parchment paper
A cookie sheet
A glass bowl (for melting your chocolate in)
A sharp utensil
A paintbrush meant for cooking projects only
A small container of water
First, you are going to want to bake your cake or cupcakes, either using your favorite homemade recipe or a box mix. Let them cool to the touch. While waiting for them to cool, take your cookie sheet, and line it with your parchment/wax paper. Once your cake has cooled, break it up into little pieces into a large bowl. You will want it to be like the crumb mixture shown above.
Take a couple of spoonfuls of store-bought frosting, and drop it into the bowl. I usually don’t measure, I like to just feel by the texture to know when it’s ready. If you can roll out a cake ball without it breaking up as you’re rolling it, then you’re good!
If it’s still too dry, you will know, because part of the cake ball will break open. If this happens, just add a little more frosting until your cake ball stays in a ball without breaking apart. Now place all of your cake balls onto your wax paper lined cookie sheet.
At this point, you just want to make sure that all of your cake balls are about the same size, don’t worry about them being perfectly round, you are going to mold them later.
Place the cookie sheet in the fridge for about 15 minutes, or until they have hardened and are firm.
When firm, take them out of the fridge and try to mold them into the shape of corn you would find on a cob…sort of like this the image above.
I made the back of mine flat so that I could lay them down to dry later. Once you have molded them into this shape, put them back into the fridge for another 15 minutes or so, until they have hardened back up again.
When they are ready, melt your chocolate according to package instructions, and start dipping the tips of your straws/sticks into the chocolate.
Take the dipped stick and insert it almost all the way in…careful not to go all the way through, and then lay them on your cookie sheet once again.
Pop them BACK into the fridge and wait for the chocolate to harden. I know this part seems like a pain, but you will want your cake pops to be strong enough to hold all of your candy on them…it’ll be worth the wait!
Once ready, dip your cake pop sideways into the chocolate, and turn to cover all sides evenly. Lightly scrape the back of the cake pop on the edge of the bowl to remove excess….I also stood it straight up, and tapped it on the counter to get the chocolate to run to the bottom. This was a little messy, but you are not going to want too much build up or your candy will slide right off.
Before the chocolate hardens, you will want to add your candies. Add the candy JUST on the front of the pop, and then lay flat to dry.
Roll out some green fondant and with a sharp utensil, draw vertical lines into the fondant, about an inch apart. Then go back and cut the ends to look like sharp points. Take all of your excess, and put it to the side. Cut a line down the center, and then take a piece of saran wrap and cover up the fondant pieces so that when you are working on a cake pop, the rest doesn’t harden on you!
Add a little bit of melted chocolate to the back of your cake pop and then lay it on one of the green ‘husks’. Pick it up and gently press the husk around the cake pop, making sure to close up the sides and the underneath/around the base of the pop. Leave the top piece folded over towards the top of the pop.
Do the same to the other two sides, making sure to press the seams together in the back, and to to press it around the front.
I used my paintbrush dipped in water to help the seams stick together and stay closed.
Take your paintbrush dipped in water, brush some of the water to the underneath of your husks. I only did this step if the the husk was a little too long to stand on it’s own, but you can do this to all of them, as it looks great either way!
Stick them in a jar for a beautiful display, or wrap them up to give as gifts! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and will join my page to keep up with my new inspired treats every Wednesday! Happy Fall!!
If you liked these festive Corn on the Cob Cake Pops, don’t miss my Football Cake Balls, perfect for Game Day!