Thursday, June 20, 2013

Monster's Inc. Mike Wazowski Cake Pops


I would like to thank Steph, from "Let Them Eat Cake Pops" for stopping by and making these AMAZING Cake Pops! She did an outstanding job and I am thrilled with them :)
With Monsters Inc 2 arriving in theaters soon, my daughter is totally in love with these! 
Thanks so much, Steph!

Mike Wasowski Cake Pops for Monsters Inc - Cake pops by "Let Them Eat Cake Pops" tutorial on PintSizedBaker.com #cakepops #MonstersInc

Hello, my name is Steph and I make cake pops! It all started when my daughter turned 1. She was having an owl-themed birthday party to match her bedroom d├ęcor and I came across some cute owl cake pops by Bakerella. Feeling ambitious, I thought I'd give them a try. They were so fun that I made cake pops a few more times that year for other family members. For my son's birthday party almost a year later, I made Adventure Time themed cake pops and they were such a hit that my friends and family encouraged me to make something of this -- hundreds of cake pops later and here we are! It's been such a fun journey so far!

Having a background in art, specifically in portraiture, I really love doing characters and giving cake pops their own little personalities. When it comes to creating anything, I find it is important to develop your own style and stay true to yourself. Look to others for inspiration but explore your own creativity as well! 

Here is a behind-the-scenes for my method, but you may find your own little tricks and shortcuts that work well for you. As long as they are cute and tasty there is no wrong way to make a cake pop. 

To make these "Mike Wazowski" inspired cake pops you will need the following supplies:

Mike Wasowski Cake Pops for Monsters Inc - Cake pops by "Let Them Eat Cake Pops" tutorial on PintSizedBaker.com #cakepops #MonstersInc

-Green, Yellow and White candy melts
-Lollipop Sticks
-Green and white Tootsie rolls*
-Edible markers (I prefer Americolor Edible Markers which can be found online or at Hobby Lobby)*
-Candy colors (optional)
-Cake and Frosting
-Paramount crystals or vegetable oil
-Gloves
-Wax paper
-Toothpicks
-Cake pop stand or styrofoam block

1. Begin by taking your cake and trimming off the edges, top and bottom so that you are left with the fluffy, nicely colored part of the cake (I'm using lemon cake for these)

2. Crumble your cake in a bowl or food processor and mix with 1-2 tablespoons or so of frosting. Start with less and add more until you have a doughy consistency. (If you add too much your cake pops will not stay on the stick.)

3. Next measure out your cake balls. To get them the same size, use a cookie scooper or you can weigh them individually if you have a food scale.


4. Then shape each ball to look like the character you are making. Use a reference photo and compare to see if you are close.


5. Prep the arms and horns. Microwave the Tootsie rolls on 50% power for 20 seconds. Then tear off little bits that are approximately the same size. Shape the arms and horns and place on wax paper until ready.


6. Melt the green candy melts along with some yellow candy melts in a microwave safe bowl on 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring gently in between. When the candy starts to get liquidy switch to 20 or 15 second intervals, careful not to overheat. Add vegetable oil, shortening or paramount crystals to thin and stir well until completely incorporated.

-This is where you can add yellow or green candy colors until you reach the desired color. These are the candy colors I use and can be found at Hobby Lobby.*


7. Next, dip the stick in the melted candy and insert into the bottom of your cake ball. Allow this to set until completely dried. 

(Note: many people refrigerate their pops in between steps to prevent the cake ball from falling off the stick, but if it is not too hot in my house I leave them unrefrigerated the whole time. If the cake is too cold when dipped it will cause the chocolate to crack and not look as nice, or require double dipping which uses a lot more chocolate)

8. Then dip the cake pop into the chocolate, tapping off any excess.


9. While the chocolate is still wet, attach the horns and arms.

-If your chocolate hardens before you get all the attachments on, simply dip them in the melts and adhere to the side of the pop.

10. Using a toothpick, add a bit of green candy melt above where Mike's eye will go. This adds an element of detail and can help guide you when you put the white chocolate on for his eye.


11. I then drew on Mike's mouth with black edible marker, but you can do the eye first. Just be sure to get the black marker down before you do the teeth.

12. Melt down the white candy melts in a small bowl - add extra thinner to the white so that it goes on smoothly. You can use a toothpick, or pour the chocolate into a baggy and use that to pipe on (just cut a small hole in one corner). Use whichever method you are most comfortable with. I used a baggy to pipe on the eye and a toothpick for the teeth.


13. Once the white chocolate is completely dry and firm, draw on the iris and pupil of Mike's eye. Then use a toothpick to etch away some white spaces and a white dot to achieve the appearance of a shine.

14. Finally, lightly draw on black lines onto tips of the horns.


15. Sit back and admire your work - great job!!

Mike Wasowski Cake Pops for Monsters Inc - Cake pops by "Let Them Eat Cake Pops" tutorial on PintSizedBaker.com #cakepops #MonstersInc

I hope you enjoyed learning about how to create Mike Wazowski!

Mike Wasowski Cake Pops for Monsters Inc - Cake pops by "Let Them Eat Cake Pops" tutorial on PintSizedBaker.com #cakepops #MonstersInc


To see the whole gang and much, much more pop on over to my Facebook page www.facebook.com/CakePopsbySteph ~or~ www.LetsEatCakePops.com {my website will take you right to my FB page for the time being as it is under construction}

You can also follow me on Twitter or Instagram -- @LetsEatCakePops 

To contact me with questions or orders please send me a message via FB or e-mail to LetsEatCakePops@yahoo.com

Thanks for checking it out! 
*I am in no way affiliated with Americolor, Make N' Mold or Hobby Lobby.
Thanks so much Steph! I Love, Love, Love this post! Your cake pops are wonderful! 
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