i live with a farmer.
she’s newly four. as a matter of fact, she just turned four last weekend.
she raises and cares for several kinds of animals on her farm, including but not limited to horses, dinosaurs, giraffes, unicorns, cows, and dogs. dalmatians are her specialty. if you ask, she could talk to you for about 72 minutes straight, hardly taking a breath, about her farm. she has one farmhand. and being a farmer is very hard work, serious work.
sometimes i’m even told that i, in fact, am the momma horse and baby is the foal. it’s not unusual for her to bring me apples and have her wash our feet. then i’m a cow (that one always very momentarily stings… “momma, you’re a cow”) or a momma dog.
when we celebrated her big ol’ FOURTH birthday this past weekend with her nana (who she shares her birthday with, minus a 70-year difference), it was pretty much a no-brainer that she’d need dalmatian cake pops.
this kid is as good as they come. she’s spunky and feisty in the best ways. her imagination is clearly tops. and her ability to snuggle and shower with affection are the most endearing ever. despite the fact that she keeps wanting to be older than she is, her momma is still struggling with the truth that she’s already four.
Dalmatian Cake Pops
- 1 box yellow gluten-free cake mix love betty crocker
- 1 16-ounce container ready-made chocolate or vanilla frosting
- 1 1-pound bag white candy coating morsels
- 2 teaspoons shortening divided (i used Spectrum, but Crisco works too)
- Lollipop sticks
- Candy corn
- Lifesavers fruit candies
- Styrofoam block
- 1/2 1-pound bag black candy coating morsels
- 1 black edible ink pen i really like AmeriColor, don't waste your money on Wilton
- Bake cake according to package instructions. Allow cake to cool completely.
- 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 elongate one side of ball to be the nose and mouth of the dalmatian's head. Place on wax paper-lined baking sheet, cover and chill in fridge till firm.
- Carefully melt white candy coating and 1 teaspoon shortening in a deep bowl in microwave according to package directions.
- Dip ¼-inch of a lollipop stick into candy coating mixture; insert the stick straight into the cake on the bottom of the ball, almost half-way.
- Attach one candy corn to each side of dalmatian's head (to be ears) using a small dollop of candy coating mixture.
- Hold cake ball at the surface of the candy coating, spoon coating evenly over cake ball and candy corn; 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 (to be the dalmatian's collar.) Place end of stick in the Styrofoam block until sturdy and allow to dry. Continue with remaining balls and Lifesavers.
- Combine black candy coating morsels and remaining 1 teaspoon shortening in a medium bowl. Melt according to package directions. Using a toothpick, use melted black candy coating to make nose and spots on dalmatians.
- Draw on eyes and mouth with black edible ink pen.
- Using a toothpick, place a small white dot on black eyes.