We think it’s about time for another HELLO CUPCAKE CLASSIC.
This week, the winner is one of our most popular projects from CUPCAKES, COOKIES & PIE, OH, MY! It’s what we call our EMOTI-POPS!!!
These pops were inspired, of course, by COMPUTER EMOTICONS. They’ve become so much a part of our language, they’re practically new words in and of themselves!
;-D means “a wink and a smile.”
< 3 means “heart.”
(For further definitions, just ask your kids.)
Here’s how you make these digital-age delights:
Take a one inch slice of POUND CAKE. Cut two 1 3/4 inch circles—with either a cookie cutter or the rim of a small glass.
Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Carefully insert the tines of a plastic fork into one side of the circle and then place them on the cookie sheet. Freeze for 15 minutes.
Divide 1 can (16 ounces) of VANILLA FROSTING into four microwavable bowls. Tint each bowl with different bright food coloring.
Working with one bowl at a time, microwave the frosting for about ten seconds. Take the cake pops from the freezer and dip them into the melted frosting. Refrigerate until frosting is set, about 20 minutes.
Tint some DARK CHOCOLATE FROSTING with BLACK FOOD COLORING and spoon into a Ziplock bag. Press out the excess air and seal. Snip a very small corner from the bag and use the black frosting for the round shapes of each emoticon (mostly the Ds and other mouth shapes).
For the straighter shapes and dots, cut one piece of BLACK LICORICE LACE into 1/8-inch, 1/4-inch and 1/2-inch pieces. Then use tweezers and a toothpick to press them into the frosting of each cake pop to make the various eyes, noses, colons, semi-colons etc.
And there you have it: something that’ll definitely speak to the <3 of every kid in the neighborhood!
For MORE DETAILS, see page 138 of OH MY.
Alan and Karen 🙂