So, after I made Carissa's Mo Willems themed birthday cake and her Pigeon Cupcakes to celebrate her birthday at school, I decided to use the leftover cake to make Pigeon Cake Pops and some Cake Balls for us to enjoy at home. [I'd made cake balls before, but this was the first time I'd made cake pops, definitely a bit tricky. These were just for fun, and good thing because some of them came out pretty funny looking, a couple aren't even pictured here. :) ]
To make these Pigeon Cake Pops I started with the recipe found on Bakerella's website for cake pops (using light blue candy melts for my coating).
After the step where you dip the cake pop into the candy melts to coat it, I inserted yellow candy coated sunflower seeds into the candy coating to be the beaks. (For the bottom half of the beak, I cut a little of the end off the sunflower seed, so it would be a little shorter than the top one.) You have to insert the beaks quickly before the candy coating hardens. On the cake pops with the smaller candy eyeballs (made by Wilton) I also had to put the eyes on each side before the coating hardened. So, make sure you have everything set out and ready for each cake pop, so you can grab it and put it on quickly after you dip the cake pop.
For the cake pops with the larger flatter eyes I waited until the candy coating was hardened (still put your beaks on before the coating sets), and then I piped on the eyes with some white candy melts. To get the white candy melts ready to pipe on, I heated them per the instructions on the package and put some in a piping bag with a round tip (I think it was a #3). After the eyes hardened I used black food coloring to paint the pupils on the eyes. On the last cake pop pictured with this type of eye, I just used one sunflower seed to make the beak. I used a black food marker to make the line on that beak.
The kids enjoyed seeing the finished product. They enjoyed eating the finished product even more, and even the funny ones still tasted good! :)
I only ended up making about 7 Pigeon cake pops, so below are the cake balls that I made as well.
To make these cake balls, I just used the recipe found on Bakerella's website for cake balls. These were chocolate cake mixed with vanilla icing, and I used light blue candy melts for the coating, topping them with white crystal sugar sprinkles before the candy coating hardened.
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