Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Cake Pops (Martha Stewart)

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
had a very shiny nose...

At the beginning of making these cake pops, I was happily singing this song but as the day progressed, I was entering the state of melting down and couldn't sing this song anymore... 

It was a hot summery day when I was making these reindeer cake pops. They were made for a fund raising event and I thought of making 50 of these initially. In order to keep the cake pops in shape, I had to chill them well in the freezer before coating them in melted chocolate. However, these cake pops thawed out easily in this hot day and everything was in a mess. I tried to re-freeze the cake pops and ended walking back and forth to the freezer for too many times and eventually, I had to give up after making my 38th cake pop.

Out of the 38 cake pops that I made, the last 8 ones were really in disaster. Some got poked through their heads. Some had drooping eyes sliding off their face. And, I called them Santa Claus's badly injured reindeer, otherwise "the causalities"... LOL! My husband and son didn't want to see these causalities got thrown into our waste bin and ended up enjoying munching them. LOL!

Despite the ugliness of these causalities, my husband and son love these cake pops very much. As I was busy cleaning up the mess, all I can hear were these... 

Boy: Mummy, these are very nice!
Man: Hmm... very moist and chocolaty!

I must say hearing these nice comments was very helpful and did made my frustrations going away...

Rudolph red nosed reindeer cake pops Martha Stewart
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Cake Pops
My son and I baked this cake
Making the cake balls
Things that I need to assemble the reindeer cake pops
Rudolph red nosed reindeer cake pops Martha Stewart
Happy when I first made these...
Sad when this happened! Here's one of my melting causalities. LOL!

Here are the cake pops recipes by Bakerella (Angie Dudley) at Martha Stewart website
(with my modification and notes in blue)

Makes about 50

9-by-13-inch Chocolate Cake for Cupcake Pops

(Please scroll down for the recipe)
2 cups Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

(Please scroll down for the recipe) 
1 package chocolate coating bark
(I used 2 x 375g Nestle dark chocolate melts)
1 package white coating bark or pink candy melts

(not required for reindeer cake pops)
Sprinkles, for garnish

(not required for reindeer cake pops)
Candy-coated chocolates, such as M&M's, for garnish
(red mini M&M's of course to make Rudolph's red noses)

More to make Rudolphs cake pops:
white colour rolled fondant for their eyes
pretzels for their antlers

To make Rudolph's eyes, I rolled out a handful of fondant to approximately 2-3 mm thick and cut them with small round cutter. Using the end of a lollipop, I dotted a drop of melted chocolate onto each eye. 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Trim about 1/2 inch from the perimeter of the cake. Working in batches, crumble cake into the bowl of a food processor; process until fine crumbs form. (Instead of using processor, I crumbled my cake with my hands.) Transfer to a large bowl and add frosting; blend together using the back of a spoon, until well combined, 5 to 10 mins.

Roll mixture into 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inch balls; transfer to prepared baking sheet. Cover with parchment-paper-lined aluminum foil. Transfer to refrigerator until chilled, about 2 hrs or to a freezer for about 10 mins.

Begin to shape balls into cupcakes by rolling balls first into logs. Fit logs into a 1 1/4-by-3/4-inch flower-shaped cookie cutter. Push cake mixture into the cutter halfway so that some of the cake mixture extends beyond the top of the cutter. Shape extended cake mixture into a cupcake-shaped top. Push cake from cutter to remove. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Transfer to freezer until chilled, 5-10 min.

Note: All I did for this step is to shape the cake mixture into round balls and chilled them accordingly.

Meanwhile, melt chocolate in heatproof bowl set over (but not touching) simmering water. Line another baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Remove cake pops from freezer and dip the bottom of each into the chocolate; transfer, bottom-side up, to prepared baking sheet. To make lollipops, insert a lollipop stick into the bottom of each. Let chocolate set, 15-20 min.

Melt white chocolate or pink candy melts in heatproof bowl set over simmering water. Dip the tops of the cupcakes into the chocolate and place right-side up on prepared baking sheet or stick lollipop sticks into a Styrofoam square. Place a candy-coated chocolate in the center of each and top with sprinkles. Let dry completely. 

Note: Instead of dipping just the bottom of the cake pops, I inserted a lollipop stick into the bottom of each cake ball and dipped the whole thing into the melted dark chocolate. Then, I placed the lollipop stick into a Styrofoam to set. Just before the cake pops dried completely, I gave these Rudolphs their eyes, antlers and noses.

Chocolate Cake for Cupcake Pop

Makes one 9-by-13-inch cake

Unsalted butter, for greasing cake pan
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups sugar
1 tbsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups hot water

Preheat oven to 350
°F (or 160°C fan forced). Butter a 13-by-9-inch baking dish and dust with cocoa powder; tap out any excess; set aside. (I lined my baking pan with baking paper.)

Sift cocoa, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer. Transfer bowl to mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. With the mixer on low, beat in oil, buttermilk, vanilla, eggs, and hot water, one at a time, blending well after each addition. Beat until smooth, about 2 mins. (My son was mixing this mixture with a manual hand mixer.)

Pour batter into prepared baking dish, reserving any remaining batter for another use, such as cupcakes. (I have poured all batter into my baking pan) Bake, rotating pan halfway through baking, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 45 mins. (Mine took 75 mins to bake)

Transfer cake to a wire rack to cool for 20 mins before inverting to remove. Let cool completely on rack before using.

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting 

Makes enough for about 50 cupcake bites

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 (1-pound) box confectioners' sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
(I didn't add this)

Place cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until creamy, about 30 secs.

With the mixer on low, slowly add sugar, scraping down the sides of the bowls as necessary.
Add vanilla and increase mixer speed to medium. Blend until frosting is fluffy, about 1 min.

Happy Baking
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  1. Oh damn cute, kids will go crazy on seeing this cake pops.

  2. Thanks for very lovely comment on my space. About this pops u nailed it. Just fantastic. Keep connected.

  3. Zoe, love your creation. So cute! I bet the kids will love them. Hope you're going to have a wonderful day ahead, dear.

  4. How cute are these! They look so fun and so festive!

  5. Oh, not only kids love this, I like this too! You done yours so beautiful.

  6. Zoe, the Rudolphs' are really adorable!! Can I have one pls... :)

  7. Oh Zoe, these cake pops are so so cute...absolutely perfect for the holidays :)
    Have a great week!

  8. Oh so cute!! Santa's injured reindeers??. Hw adorable :) i would never have the patience to do all these, good on ya!! I can imagine the fun your kids have helping you with all these poor deprived boy :p.

  9. Hi Zoe, Your reindeer cake pops are very cute! Must have tasted even yummier when the chocolate starts to melt! No wonder both your son and hubby enjoys these, I would too!

  10. These are absolutely adorable, even the "casualty!" These are so cute for Christmas. :)

  11. Wow Zoe! I'm humming the song while reading the post. They look so cute! My kids will love them... Can they pop by you house when we visit Melbourne? Haha...

    Amazing stuff....

    1. Hi Alvin,

      All these cake pops were sold out. If your kids are visiting me, I will make more for them. Cheers!


  12. Oh man how cute - NEARLY worth all the stress!!!

    I could do with a bit of that heat - it's freezing here in Ireland!

  13. Super cute reindeer pop! They will sure be favourite and snap fast during the fund raising event :)

  14. Beautiful cake pops love this.

  15. I am laughing here...wonderful cake

  16. Awww so cute. I just want to kip them!

  17. Zoe if you didn't mention it, I would have not guessed there was any disasters when making these. Your reindeer cake pops are simply too cute, I love them a lot!

  18. This is so cute, I love the idea of using pretzels for reindeer horns.

  19. Christmas is around the corner, and very soon we are going to say good bye to 2012 and welcome 2013!
    These cake pops are super duper cute! Bring it over here, we are having a cold winter now...Great effort Zoe!

  20. Haha, these reindeer pops are just adorable! I'm actually thinking of how I'll tackle it if I'm eating one, lol! Great idea as always, love them! :))

  21. aawww that is so cute!! I think I'm going to make this with my nieces, they love baking!

  22. Zoe, can I packed some of these cute cute reindeer cake pops to the plane today? I saw Target selling the cake pops mould, easier version & it costs like over $30, stingy me didn't buy, haha! These are great to welcome the Christmas! Take care!

  23. You Rudolph cake pops look adorable and I'm sorry that you had a few casualties! You're brave to try something so complicated though! I'm lazy when it comes to complex baking recipes. I actually made a muffin recipe from Martha yesterday and sadly, it just wasn't blog worthy. The batter needed something that I just couldn't put my finger on. The kids of course, happily ate the muffins!
    Have a great day Zoe!

  24. What adorable cake pops! Would definitely put some big smiles on the face of the kids and adults as well. Merry Christmas!

  25. love this Zoe, look absolutely delicious!

  26. Such an amazing job! I love this. They would taste so good with the crunchy pretzel too. Like pretzel M&M's. Yuuuum!!!

  27. These are absolutely cute. Gonna bake these for my niece in Christmas!

  28. Zoe,
    This cake pops are so adoreable. Can't bare to bite them..LOL
    You are amazing, made 46 pops!!

    I can imagine how difficult it is to make this in a hot weather. I made some cake pops the other day (only 12 pops). If you are interested to have a look do drop by here..

  29. So cute! And judging from the reviews of your son and husband, might tasty, too! Really a terrific looking dish, and very creative. Good stuff - thanks.

  30. I am pretty sure your boy loves these very much! I love it too!:D

  31. You are a brave woman. I don't think I would have even gotten 38 done!

  32. Zoe, I'm glad that most of your reindeer worked out well:) They are adorable! Your son and husband sounded pretty happy to get your fails:)

  33. They look awesome, I love the pretzel antlers :)

  34. OMG, what a cute idea! I'm going to make these for my nieces.

  35. Oh Zoe ! I laughed so hard at your post ! Sorry ! lol Melting reindeer ?! hee hee They look adorably cute even the melted ones and I'm really sure they would taste just as wonderful !

  36. very well done! even your casualty ones also got a 'confused' face expression! LOL! i can understand how tiring this is, walking back and forth, today i did the same thing with some cookies..the dough gets soft easily too but the end result was quite nice. also from MS.

  37. Hi Zoe,
    I love love love your works... awesome! :D
    And the reindeer are too cute :)

  38. I am overcome by christmas cuteness :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  39. I'm so in love with this idea... I have to try and make some before Christmas! This will really impress everybody!

  40. OMG! These are absolutely adorable. Well worth a few biting the dust. Awesome. Thanks for sharing the idea/recipe with us.


  41. OH Wow! These are super CUTE & they're chocolatey too! I wanna be a kid again & can I have SOME PLS ! I don't mind the causalities too ! LOL Seriously these are super AWESOME & very creative!

  42. No chance of me making these in my warm climate but these are ADORABLE!

  43. I think I'll give up after making 10 pops! But they sure look very, very yummy!

  44. So cute!!!!! My whole family loves these and they look so yummy. They are perfect for the upcoming holidays. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  45. WOW! You and Martha are good together; love these.

  46. Very cute! I'm doing Santa and snowman cake pops this year!

  47. Hi Zoe, the rudolph cake pops look really cute! But I agree, it can be really frustrating when making cake pops on a hot day, but I'm sure they're still delicious no matter what!

  48. These are so cute! I've done cake pops twice and must say that they are just too much work for me! Too much decorating for such a small reward. lol