Crazy for Cake Pops: 50 All-New Delicious and Adorable Creations Paperback – Oct 11 2011
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It's a full color, step by step paper book that explains the tools and methods you'll need to make cake pops and has instructions for lots of decorated pops.
The first part of the book is the introduction and the equipment you'll need as well as a brief overview of the method used to make cake pops. The list of tools is very complete. She also includes a conversion table for measurements.
Then the cake recipes! The recipes have some metric measurements with the US volume equivalents in parentheses. Since Molly specializes in bespoke cakes using very good ingredients and made from scratch, the recipes are just wonderful. She suggests frosting pairings for making the cake balls for the pops and includes recipes for the frosting. A lemon cake with yogurt for extra moistness and tartness, a toffee frosting made with dulce de leche for flavor, more traditional vanilla and chocolate cakes and frostings.
She follows that with photographed instructions for making the cake balls and putting the sticks in them as well as how to melt the candy coating for the cake pops.
If you just wanted to make simple and very good cake pops, you could add some sprinkles or crushed nuts and be done there. But then she has a bunch of designs as well. This is the part that made my daughter very excited.
Sweethearts, Tricolor and Marbled pops all start with a basic round pop and use simple decorating techniques. Then you get into the shaped pops. Lightning bolts, adorable miniature donuts, mustache pops, skulls, animals, lovely white decorated wedding pops, there are pops for every occasion. She explains her decorating and shaping methods in a way that's easy to follow. The colors and shapes are great, they remind me a lot of very colorful toys.
The end of the book has instructions for the techniques she uses to decorate in easy to follow language. She also includes a supplier list.
[I received a complimentary copy of the book to review on my craft blog- Don't Eat the Paste. My reviews are always my honest opinion]
If you have no idea how to begin I recommend starting here. My curiosity prompted a few purchases to see if I could figure out how they were made. You'll find some are made using the methods described in this book. Other pops come together in a more demanding method: spare time and personal skill will determine which is best for you.
This cookbook is also a treasure trove of creative ideas on what to do with your cake pop potential. Perhaps you are confident in your skills as a home baker but need some encouragement to branch out and be creative. No problem. Molly Bakes offers great instruction and the photographs done by Noel Murphy are truly inspiring. Seeing all the potential, I realized if I had small children at home and needed birthday ideas, this book provided years of options.
Some of the ideas are nice for adults as well. One of my personal favorites is the Mustache Pop on page 67. Lots of appeal results from combining them with bright red lip pops. Overall you'll find gorgeous illustrations and directions that are accessible to even beginning bakers. I have to admit, turning cakes into crumbs was an odd kind of fun. Once you've mastered these techniques, you can begin to branch out into your own combinations of flavor and excitement. Those beyond the beginning stages may actually want to jump right to that level and use "Crazy for Cake Pops" as your inspirational starting point for your own cake pop adventures.
She outlines a simple ten step process that every one of the cake pops in Crazy for Cake Pops follows, starting with baking a cake and ending with eating them. Extra techniques are outlined in the back of Crazy for Cake Pops, including ideas like working with fondant by hand or with intricate molds. Molly likes to match her cake and frosting to really bring out the flavors. She offers several cake and frosting recipes, from the classic chocolate and vanilla to the less common (but yummy sounding!) peanut butter or toffee flavors.
Crazy for Cake Pops shares a wide range of suggestions for cake pops for many different occasions. They are teddy bears, clowns, sushi, sheep, slices of cake, and gorgeous wedding rose pops. My favorite were the adorable, stick-less Chrimas Puddings cake pops -- just the perfect size to pop in your mouth! Even if you are a beginner, Crazy for Cake Pops will walk you right through the process to make cake pops that your friends and family will love.