I would like to start things off with a little humor…
Can you guess what my favorite line in her story was!?
Moving onward to more important things, like Sesame Street and cake pops.
Bakerella originally created a really cute set of these characters for the 40th Anniversary of Sesame Street…
I took a little different approach and made them with coconut. Coconut fur.
These were time consuming. However, if you prep your tools (coconut, noses, mouths, etc.) beforehand, they are really not terribly difficult! Now, if this is your first time with cake pops, take a look at this first.
2 packages (16 oz) Vanilla CandiQuik Coating
24 cake balls (see basic cake ball recipe)
2 bags (14 oz) flake coconut
Red, green, yellow, and blue food coloring (oil or powder based only)
Chocolate discs (mouth)
Dark brown cake writing icing or chocolate candy
Red heart sprinkles (tongue)
Butterscotch baking chips (cookies)
White candy eyes
Orange jelly beans (nose)
Yellow gum drops (beak)
1 red Fruit Roll-Up (tongue)
Styrofoam block (to set cake pops in while drying)
Divide coconut evenly into 4 plastic bags; add food colorings to individual bags of coconut. Shake bags until coconut is evenly
Cut chocolate discs in half to use as mouths.
Prepare the beaks by cutting yellow gum drops into a triangular shape, slit open. Cut small triangular shapes out of the Fruit Roll-Up and attach to gum drop as a tongue.
Melt both packages of Vanilla CandiQuik according to the package directions. Divide into 4 separate bowls. Stir in the 4 food colorings in individual bowls until desired colors are established (oil or powder based only - these can be found at your local craft/baking store or online at sites such as Country Kitchens).
Insert a lollipop stick into each cake ball; divide cake pops into 4 even groups.
Dip cake pops into melted CandiQuik; allow excess coating to drip off. Before coating is set, attach the mouth (or beak) and eyes; sprinkle with the matching colored coconut – you have to work fast as the coating will dry fairly quick. If you don’t get enough coconut stuck on before the coating is dry, simply use a toothpick to brush on more coating and sprinkle with extra coconut.
Tip: Complete 1 group of the same colored characters at a time.
Place in Styrofoam block to set.
-Oscar: When dry, use a brown icing or chocolate candy coating to pipe on eyebrows. Re-shape the cake ball to form a “C” shape as an opening for his mouth; cut the chocolate disc in half and use both pieces to form an open mouth. Use a red heart sprinkle as his tongue.
-Cookie Monster: Attach a butterscotch baking chip to his mouth as a cookie (cut off top of chip and use edible ink pen to dot on “chocolate chips”).
-Elmo: Attach an orange jelly bean as his nose.
-If CANDIQUIK begins to harden while dipping cake pops, reheat in the microwave in 15 second increments. Be careful not to overheat.
-To thin out coating, add a tablespoon of solid vegetable shortening and stir until well mixed.
-If cake balls start to fall off the lollipop stick or get gooey when dipping, place remaining cake balls in the refrigerator for an additional 20-30 minutes.
Isn’t Big Bird sooo cute?! The pictures don’t do him justice. I love his beak. I think he’s my fav.
And cookie monster, just a-dorable.
Elmo, what a silly face he has.
Then there’s Oscar the grouch. I should’ve made him a trash can, dang.
The Oscar on the right is obviously having a good ‘ole time! Doesn’t he look like he is laughing hysterically!?
Who’s your favorite?!
ALTERNATIVE- if you want to use marshmallows (versus cake pops), that’s perfectly fine too! They are a little easier to work with, just not quite as tasty in my opinion.
You may have noticed I haven’t been very socially active lately.
I don’t know where to begin nor am I looking for sympathy… but April 11th, 2012 was the toughest day of my life thus far.
I lost (one of) the most important and influential persons in my life.
As much as I may just want to be woken up from this nightmare, life keeps on going.