So when I found out how easy they are to make, I couldn't wait to get on with it. And, because of my daughter's current fascination with Monster High I decided to make ones based on the little Monster High pink-ribboned skull. Here's how I did it:
1. Crumble up 265g of cooled cake (I used a slab of shop-bought Madeira cake).
2. Add 100g soft cheese (I used Philadelphia) and stir and mash this into the cake crumbs. It should soon form a sticky consistency. Have a little taste. Good, isn't it?
3. Form a ball out of the sticky mixture and spear it with a cake pop stick. (I got mine from Lakeland but clean lolly sticks will also work). Mould the ball into a head shape, with a pointy bit at the end for the chin. Try not to make your balls of mixture too big, or they can get too heavy and slide down the stick when they're finished, ruining your lovely icing.
4. Lay on a tray lined with greaseproof paper and slide into the freezer for about 30 minutes to firm up.
5. Meanwhile, get on with the icing. Take off a 100g blob of white ready to roll royal icing and add 24 drops of pink food colouring. I used the Silver Spoon one, but if you're using a different colouring, just read the instructions on the bottle: you might need less. Knead until it turns a good pink.
6. Cut little ribbon shapes from the pink icing and mould with your fingers to get the right shape.
7. Roll out the rest of the white icing quite thinly, using icing sugar to stop it sticking - mine was about 2-3mm thick. You'll also now need a pen with edible black food colouring (like the one I used for the zebra print cupcakes) or some food colouring paint and a brush.
8. Take the cool cake pops out of the freezer and cover with sections of the white icing. Rub some icing sugar into them and smooth out any cracks or lumps.
9. Moisten a finger with water and use this to attach one of the ribbons onto the top of the skull.
10. Start to paint on the skull's eyes and nose. The pen was ok at doing this, but did leave 'colouring marks' on the icing. You would probably get better results using a proper edible food colouring paint and a brush.
Leave to dry for a couple of minutes, and you're done!
Not bad for my first cake pop attempt, although I've learned some lessons for next time. What do you think? Do you like them? Have you ever made cake pops?