Recently, my friends, Nicole and Tom, celebrated the first birthday of their son, Jack. Nicole and Tom are awesome. I met Nicole at work when I was pregnant with Gavin. She is, very honestly, one of the nicest people I have ever met. I'm not sure if I've ever heard her say an unkind thing about anyone. But she's not a weird, disingenuous, blowing sunshine and rainbows kind of person either. And Tom's pretty cool too. (Ha! I always tell Tom how lucky he is to have snagged Nicole, but they are both pretty lucky.) Given how wonderful Tom and Nicole are, I can't wait to see what a great little man Jack grows into. This is Nicole, Tom, and Jack doing Al's Walk with us for Elliot.
Bakerella uses a white confetti for the dots on the bandana, but I used melted white chocolate and a tooth pick to make the dots. The idea of placing each piece of confetti on seemed like more than I could handle. And the tie and knot of the bandana is Jumbo Heart Sprinkles and the red from this bottle of Rainbow Chip Crunch Sprinkles.
Good Lord. Check out all those black sprinkles . . . what kind of cake pop can I make that requires black dots . . . . hmmmm . . .
For the pirate's pale pale skin (shouldn't the pirate be more tan, with all his time spent swabbing decks and walking planks?), I added some pink, orange, and brown food coloring gel until it was a . . . I hate to say "flesh color" because well . . . there are lots of colors of flesh, and this one certainly isn't mine. But for lack of a brain that can come up with better terminology, I added pink, orange and brown until I came to a color that looked "fleshy."
Should I be giving you the step by step of how to make these? I have absolutely no pictures of the process. Bad blogger! Oh well, here goes:
- Make your cake and roll out your cake balls using Bakerella's perfected method.
- Color some white chocolate to look "fleshy" using pink, orange, and brown food coloring gel (I used about four globs each of pink and orange and three globs of brown . . . I'm nothing if not precise), dip the cake pops in there to make the first layer.
- Once all the cake pops are dry, dip them in red melted chocolate at an angle.
- Once the red is dry, add dots of melted white chocolate using a toothpick or a long wooden skewer.
- Add a face with these edible markers. (Note: The markers aren't edible, just the ink. Is this the most poorly written post ever?)
- Using a toothpick, add a glob of red melted chocolate to the side/back of the bandana and then add a red sprinkle for the bandana knot and a jumbo heart for the ties. You'll have to hold it until it dries and can stay in place, less than a minute.
- Go pirate theme crazy and make cute tags and containers (read: metal soup can with cut out paper glued to it) to display the pops.
- Continue to go pirate crazy and dress your family in pirate garb to attend said party. (Post to come.)
Happy Birthday Jack!! I'm so glad we got to be part of your special day, Matey!