Summertime is Luau time! A long time friend of mine is expecting her second little girl and what better way to honor mama and baby than with a luau. I was tasked with making the cake pops. We decided on Tiki’s, pineapples and coconut cocktails.
I LOVE mister happy tiki man! In the Polynesian culture, tikis are used to ward off evil and also to protect sacred sites. This is why tikis often look mean or stern. I wanted to make happy, but not corny or cheesy, tikis.
I made a dozen and each one I made different somehow. I really wanted to make them look like they were carved from a smooth block of cake pop wood like how traditional Hawaiian tikis look. Instead of using a ton of colors I decided to stick to brown on brown. The chocolate I used to pipe with is actually a blend of two browns, we’ll get to that later.
Some of my most fond memories as a kid were from living in O’ahu. One such memory was frequent visits and field trips to the pineapple plantations. The dirt in Hawaii is so rich that I remember thinking it was so cool that the pineapples grew in brownies. I was like, 6 or 7 and my mind was already forming sweets growing on sweets, taking-a-food-and-forming-it-into-another-food thoughts, haha!
These pineapple cake pop tops are made with gummi bears that I cut up with scissors. I think this is one of my best candy improvisations to date. I mixed the yellow and brown candy melts to get the tan color I used to pipe the lines on the pineapples.
Coconut cocktails are what a pregnant woman’s dreams are made of! Actually, lets not talk about dreaming as a prego.. I don’t think those crazy vivid dreams are appropriate for this blog, lol.
The detail I don’t want you to overlook on this cake pop is the two-toned piping. I used two browns like I mentioned. This technique adds not only another color to make the coconut shell more realistic, but also creates the illusion of highlights and shadows.
There you have it! Luau cake pops! Now it’s party time, Aloha!