Supplies and Ingredients:
Red velvet or chocolate cake mix
Red candy melts
Parchment or wax paper
When would a bug be welcome at a party? When it’s a ladybug! A ladybug is a really cute theme for a baby shower, a birthday party, or even a garden party. And what’s perfect for such a celebration? Cake, of course! Sure, you could make any type of cake, but one that will look adorable – and taste fantastic – is a ladybug cake. Oh well, while you’re at it, you might as well make it cake pops! With them, there are no dishes to clean!
Ladybug cake pops are no harder to make than any other cake pops, really. Then again, cake pops aren’t the easiest things to make, but they’re well worth it. First, bake a cake of choice; a good one is a red velvet or even a chocolate cake. When it’s cooled, break it up in a bowl, smash the large pieces with a fork, and reduce the cake to crumbs.
Stir red frosting into the crumbs. You can tint white frosting with red food coloring or purchase tint and flavor that is made for especially for icing. After stirring it in, put the mix into the freezer for a few minutes; that will firm the cake up so that you can roll the mix into balls.
Take a small glob of the chilled cake mix and roll it between your hands to make a ball. Then, tap the bottom of the ball on a flat surface (like the counter), to flatten it on that side. With the basic shape done, push a sucker stick into each one, and prepare them for dipping in liquid candy.
Prepare red candy melts, according to package instructions, and then dip each cake pop into it. If the candy isn’t deep enough just spoon it over the cake pop. Stand each one in a block of Styrofoam until the candy sets. After that, lay parchment or wax paper on a baking sheet, and lay the cake pops on it. Freeze for at least an hour.
With a black food marker (fine-tip), draw a line across a third of the top of the ladybug. Color it in to make the face of the ladybug. Make a line down the back, and draw some spots on each side of the line, to finish.
Stand the ladybug pops in a cake, in a Styrofoam block that’s decorated with artificial leaves, or just stand them in a cup. Serve them at your special celebration and watch as the crowd lines up to grab them!