FORM VS. FUNCTION Most of us are confronted with this dilemma each and every day. I face it each day with the shoes I select to walk out the door. I encounter it A LOT when talking with my husband. I did not expect to have an all out debate with myself when preparing for Wilton’s “Pops in a Post” challenge and contest. In response to the latest party trend sweeping the nation, cake pops, Wilton has challenged bloggers from all backgrounds to create cake/brownie pops using their latest products. After posting about our creations, a “top ten” will be selected and a final winner will be announced.
When I saw a tutorial for making cake pop crayons in book Wilton Pops Sweets on a Stick, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do. I wanted to alter the design to create a “bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils” just like Tom Hanks promises Meg Ryan in “You’ve Got Mail.” Anyone remember this awesomely obscure reference that was certain to win me the top prize? If you do remember, you obviously have a passion for office/school supplies like me.
Then I started thinking… Uh oh. I thought about you – The Shopping Mama reader. How many readers would benefit from reading about my experience? Admit it, how many of you want to create a bouquet of cake pencils? I thought some more. My creation would require cake, frosting, fondant, food coloring, dowels, and more. How would my elaborate alteration/creation taste? Function won over. I brainstormed for a pop that would be enticing for our readers to make and tasty. As a bonus, it’s so easy!
Flower Pops Bouquet
I made a bouquet of brownie pop flowers and they’re lovely. I chose to make a bouquet of Valentine’s flowers so that, should you like this idea, you have time to make your own.
For the project, I used a brownie mix, Wilton “pop” pan, chocolate chips, cake sticks, cupcake wrappers, ribbon, and sprinkles. And of course, you can alter the colors to fit any birthday or holiday theme.
I also used Wilton “pop petals” for creating flower pops. They come in white and pink, but I wanted something with a little more pizzazz. I took one petal and traced it onto some colored and patterned craft paper and cut out new petals. I also took some of the petals and glittered them, making sure that the craft paper and glitter petals didn’t touch the brownie during assembly.
- Simply prepare your favorite brownie mix or homemade recipe and place the batter in a Wilton Brownie Pop Mold or mini cupcake pan. (I had never used a silicone baking pan and, after some research, I chose to use it rather than my aluminum mini cupcake pan. It was very easy to use and the brownie pops came out without a hint of “sticking.”)
- Place a bag of chocolate chips in a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water and melt. Stir until morsels are smooth.
- Dip the brownie in melted chocolate. Let excess chocolate drip away and then dip into sprinkles. This was the most fun for me. I had a blast playing in the sprinkles! (What am I, four-years-old?)
- Let decorated brownies cool upright until chocolate sets.
- To assemble the “flowers,” take a pop stick and place either the petals or an inverted cupcake wrapper on it. If you use cupcake wrappers or cut your own petals from craft paper, you will need to cut a very tiny “X” in the middle of the paper.
- Then insert the end of the stick into a brownie.
- Support the flower in a vase while you tie on a ribbon. Voila!
I cannot believe how cute these flower pops are. The pictures don’t do them justice.
I loved creating this bouquet and can’t wait to deliver it to a friend tomorrow. With my husband deployed, I don’t need these sitting in the house. My favorite flowers:
My daughter’s favorite was the very first one I made:
I don’t know if my bouquet will merit a place in the top ten of Wilton’s challenge, but I do know that I had a blast creating it and hope it inspires you! Even though there will be better looking entries, no other contestant will have put as much thought (and internal debate) into their submission!