For anyone who noticed in my blog post yesterday I mentioned under the picture of Amanda with Pokémon that it was a hint to today’s post. Well, this weekend Amanda and I made some cake pops! Not just any cake pops, but we went Pokémon themed with this one. Really now that I think about it, our whole weekend was pretty much video game themed.
Pokémon is the second most successful video-game media franchise next to Mario franchise, and it’s really any developers dream to have their creation turn into a media franchise. Media franchise is the term used to describe intellectual property licensed to other parties. So whenever you see a stuffed toy, apparel, lunch boxes, you name it of your favourite video game or cartoon character. It’s because of media franchising.
Probably the biggest staple of the Pokémon genre is the Poke Ball. For anyone who is a fan of this franchise, you take one look at the round red and white ball, and instantly know what it is and how it relates to the video game. Since my mother had bought a cake pop pan to make circular cakes, I knew the Poke Ball was easily something I could recreate in edible form! I always like it when I can combine some of my favourite interests of marketing, baking and video games into one post!
It was also nice to have a helping hand in Amanda, especially when it comes to design. Amanda is an extremely talented artist so I was happy to have her help out! I used a simple yellow cupcakes recipe. Just instead of vanilla extract, I went with lemon extract for a change. Mix it up a little.
We started by getting our ingredients together. We whisked the flour, baking soda and salt in one bowl, and mixed the milk and lemon extract in a measuring cup to use for later.
Amanda then beat butter and sugar in my KitchenAid mixer. We then added the two eggs. Then added half the dry ingredients, the wet ingredients and the rest of the dry.
I then poured / spooned the batter into my cake pop tray.
Popped on the top of the cake pop tray and placed in the oven at 350 degrees.
After about 20-25 minutes we took them out, and I was quite happy they turned out great! I had no clue if I had put in enough batter for each cake pop / if they would even look circular when they came out of the oven, but it was a success! We then melted some candy melts to put around the tips of the sticks and inserted them into the cake pops.
Now it was time to turn these cake pops into Poke Balls! We melted more white candy melts for the first coat.
Then put them in the freezer for about 5-10 mins so they could harden before dipping half the cake pop in red candy melts for the second coat.
For the finishing touches we then outlined the middle of the Poke Ball in black icing with a #1 icing tip, and made sure to include a black circle as well. For the centre of the Poke Ball we tried a number of variants to see what would look best. We tried using the white candy melts for a white circle, covering mini chocolate M&Ms in the white candy melts and sticking them in the centre, and washing away the candy coating of the M&Ms and sticking them on. I think the best approach was just using the white candy melts. The end result was the picture at the top of this post.
Regardless I think they all turned out great! They were also extremely delicious. So another successful baking adventure.