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Easter Centerpiece (Babycakes)

By Kathy Moore & Roxanne Wyss

Easter Centerpiece (Babycakes)

Makes 1 centerpiece

The Easter bunny and gorgeous eggs sit side by side in this darling arrangement. Make several centerpieces and give one to each of your friends and neighbors, suggest the author of 175 Best Cake Pops Recipes, Kathy Moore & Roxanne Wyss!

 

Ingredients

Lavender, white, yellow, pink, blue, black and milk chocolate candy melts

6 Cake Pops (any flavor) 6

Sprinkles

2 almond slices 2

Paramount Crystals or shortening

Materials

1 rectangular tin or basket (about 8 by 131⁄2 by 3 inches/20 by 8.5 by 7.5 cm)

Styrofoam block (at least 8 by 31⁄2 by 3 inches/20 by 8.5 by 7.5 cm)

Green paper shred

8 to 10 craft or Popsicle sticks 8 to 10

Glue

White spray paint

6 cake pop sticks 6

1 pastry bag or squeeze bottle, fitted with a fine tip 1

4 fine paintbrushes 4

7 inches pastel-colored ribbon (about 17.5 cm - 1⁄4 inch/0.5 cm wide)

1 sheet thick white printer paper 1

1 small square pastel-colored card stock (about 11⁄2 inches/4 cm square) 1

 

1. Measure the dimensions of the tin and trim the Styrofoam to fit snugly and be about 1 inch (2.5 cm) shorter than the tin. Place Styrofoam in the tin and cover with paper shred.

2. Place 2 craft sticks parallel to each other on a work surface, about 2 inches (5 cm) apart. Arrange 6 to 8 sticks perpendicular to the 2 sticks to resemble a picket fence, keeping the overall length to slightly less than the length of the tin. Glue sticks together. Spray-paint both sides of the fence white and set aside to dry.

3. Melt 2 tbsp (30 mL) lavender candy melts and use to attach sticks to 2 cake pops. Freeze cake pops for at least 15 minutes to set. Reserve the remaining candy melts. Repeat with white, yellow, pink and blue candy melts, using each color to attach a stick to 1 cake pop.

For the Eggs

4. Add 1⁄2 cup (125 mL) each of lavender, white, yellow, pink and blue candy melts to the corresponding color of melted candy melts. Melt until smooth. Matching the color used to secure the sticks, use each color to coat one cake pop. Decorate the white and lavender eggs with sprinkles. Set in the stand to dry.

5. Reheat white candy melts, adding more as needed. Use the pastry bag to pipe decorative swirls, spirals or dots onto the yellow, pink and blue eggs. Set in the stand to dry.

For the Bunny

6. Add 1 cup (250 mL) lavender candy melts and a few white candy melts to the cup of lavender candy melts and melt until smooth. Coat the remaining cake pop. Immediately stick almond slices on top to resemble bunny ears. Set in a cake pop stand to dry.

7. Reheat lavender candy melts, adding more as needed and using Paramount Crystals or shortening to thin them. Use a paintbrush to paint fluffy-looking fur all over the bunny’s head and up the backs of its ears. Set in the stand to dry.

8. Reheat white candy melts, adding more as needed and using Paramount Crystals or shortening to thin them. Use another paintbrush to paint the whites of the eyes and two large front teeth on the bunny’s face. Set in the stand to dry.

9. Melt 2 tbsp (30 mL) black candy melts, using Paramount Crystals or shortening to thin them. Use another paintbrush to paint pupils in the eyes. Set in the stand to dry.

10. Melt 2 tbsp (30 mL) chocolate candy melts, using Paramount Crystals or shortening to thin them. Use another paintbrush to paint a mouth, a nose and an outline around the teeth. Set in the stand to dry.

11. Tie ribbon in a bow around the bunny cake pop stick. Slide bow up so it is just below the cake pop.

Assembly

12. Push the picket fence into the Styrofoam at the back edge of the tin. It should just pierce the Styrofoam.

13. On printer paper, write or print “Welcome to the Bunny Patch!” and trim to fit onto the square of colored card stock, making a small sign. Glue paper to stock and let dry. Glue sign to fence.

14. Push the cake pop sticks into the Styrofoam, arranging the eggs and the bunny in front of the fence.

 

Tips

You can use any cake pop flavor for this arrangement, though it is wise to use lighter-colored cakes. Have fun — choose your favorite flavor, or mix and match!

When you’re coating cake pops, the candy melts need to be deep enough that you can dip the cake pops straight down into the melts. If you’re only dipping a few cake pops, there will be some candy melts left over, but they can be melted again and used another time.

It’s up to you which eggs you add sprinkles to and which ones you pipe decorations on; these instructions are just a starting point. Decorations in a color that contrasts with the color of the egg look best. Be creative and make this centerpiece look at little different each time you make it!

You may wish to use tiny candy eyes, available at some craft and cake decorating stores, instead of painting them on with candy melts.