This is the story about my creative process. It’s not a fairy tale, though I wish I had a magic wand of sorts sometimes… Anyhow, I feel like this is really important for me to share, just so fans can understand where my cake pops come from. For my whole background story read this later, but for now, understand that I consider myself an artist, not so much a “baker”– but it is awfully kind of convenient that I just happen to like baking.
Once upon a time, there were character cake pops… Awesome they are, yes. And sometimes immensely challenging, but I don’t enjoy making them as much as making something I’ve developed on my own. My own original cake pops are almost always open-ended requests, my favorite kind of requests! My creative process starts with an idea, a theme or a set of colors. Then I hit the sketchbook. I make a short list of things that come to mind that obviously coincides with that particular theme or set of colors. When I finish listing, a fire-breathing dragon comes and threatens to burn me if I use anything from this “Nah-Uh, No” list (self-rule #1). Then I brainstorm and doodle until I like what I’ve got on paper.
I was recently tasked with making some cake pops for a Mermaid Party for Paige of Paiges of Style. I LOVE these cake pops, add these to my favorites. Here’s my process, sans the fire-breathing dragon, of course.
This idea actually came to me instantly… Can’t make a whole mermaid and I didn’t want to make just plain ‘ol bubbles, or waves… Bam! Mermaid tails.
I always form them by hand. This is the part that takes the longest. I never use any kind of molds (self-rule #2).
Here’s the finished product after dipping and piping. Yeee! I love them. The most important detail here is the water line. Without it they wouldn’t make much sense.
A better close-up view of the piping. Have I ever mentioned that I only use candy melts and candy pieces for my cake pops? I have NEVER used fondant (self-rule #3).
You can really see the shimmer at this angle. The piping goes all the way around so there’s really no ‘front and back’. When I teach my classes, some of my best advice is to remember that cake pops can be viewed from 360 different degrees/angles. It should be presentable all the way around (self-rule #4). I wish I could say they lived happily ever after, but I’m not so sure that would be a good yummy thing…
This is a snapshot of the way I do things ’round here. Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear about your process.