howdy, partner!
this month my little guy turns 4… and today is his rootin’-tootin’ cowboy party, so you know what that means.
cowboy cake pops.
these guys were a lot of fun. it’s always a happy thing when something you envision actually turns out. it’s hilarious that both my mom and some friends said these pops actually look like my kid. if that was intentional, then i’m really good. yeah, it’s not. but still cracks me up.
i must say that though this age had its hurdles, i am so grateful for the gift of my son. he is a really great little person, with a kind heart and a hilarious sense of humor. i can’t believe he’s growing so fast. we are blessed. and i am so glad he’s mine.
happy birthday, buddy.

Cowboy Cake Pops

1       box yellow gluten-free cake mix (love betty crocker)
1       (1-pound) bag dark chocolate candy coating morsels
Rolos chocolate-caramel candies
1       (16-ounce) container ready-made vanilla frosting
1       (1-pound) bag vanilla candy coating morsels
Candy coating coloring: Yellow, Pink
Lollipop sticks
Lifesavers fruit candies
Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups
1       black edible ink pen
(Styrofoam block)
Bake cake according to package instructions. Allow cake to cool completely.

Meanwhile, melt chocolate candy morsels and pipe or spoon 2 1/2-inch rounds onto a piece of wax paper. Freeze until firm. Affix one Rolo onto the top of each round, using more chocolate coating as glue. Allow to set.

Cut the cake into quarters. Finely crumble each quarter of cake in a large bowl. Add half the container of frosting. Mix into cake crumbles until well combined. Mixture should stick together to form a ball, not too crumbly, not too wet. (Add more frosting, if needed.) Reserve remaining frosting for another use.

Shape cake mixture into 2-inch balls, and flatten on one side (this will be the top of the head where the hat sits.) Place on wax paper-lined baking sheet, cover and chill in fridge till firm.

Carefully melt vanilla candy coating in a deep bowl in microwave according to package directions. Once melted, add a tiny bit of yellow and pink candy coating coloring to make pale skin-tone. Start with very little. You can always add more.

Dip 1/4-inch of a lollipop stick into candy coating mixture; insert the stick straight into the cake on the rounded up of the ball, almost half-way. Hold cake ball at the surface of the candy coating, spoon coating evenly over cake ball; and carefully tap off any excess. Work quickly, but not too forcefully or the cake ball will fall off the stick. Slip a Lifesaver candy up the stick at the “neck” of the cake pop. Place end of stick in the Styrofoam block until sturdy and allow to dry. Continue with remaining balls and Lifesavers.

Pipe additional pale skin-tone candy coating to make nose and ears. Pipe additional chocolate candy coating to make eyes and hair. Attach Rolo hats to top of head, using chocolate candy coating as glue.

Cut bandana shape out of Fruit Roll-Ups and wrap around Lifesaver. Attach with a little bit of candy coating, if needed. Use black edible ink pen to make his mouth.

Yield: about 24 Cowfolk.