This past Mother’s Day I wanted to do something really special and fun for my mama this year so I decided to make something personal and sweet at the same time. Then, like a light bulb over the head I thought, Poodle Pops!
I should probably back up a bit. Our family dog, Betty Viola, is a Maltese and Poodle mix and she rules the roost. Seriously. She’s so spoiled it’s a little embarrassing but she’s just so damn cute that we can’t help but spoil her senselessly. I mean, LOOK at her. How can you not give her everything she wants?!
I’ve never actually made a poodle cake pop before so there was a fair bit of winging it but I have do give myself a little toot toot because I think they turned out super cute. I made my standard cake pop mix which is Cake Poppin’s recipe here and rolled them into round balls and popped them in the freezer for 10 minutes or so. I took them out and inserted the lollipop sticks with a little melting chocolate at the end and back in the freezer they go. Ten minutes later I took them out one at a time to make the ears. For the ears I used almond M&Ms and put melting chocolate on one side. With the pointy part of the M&M facing up I pressed it to the side of the pops with a little pressure and held for a good minute. Once both ears are on, I put them back in the freezer.
It might not look like much but trust me, you’re on your way to some serious cuteness. Once the ears are firmly secured go ahead and heat up your chocolate. My favorite chocolate is Guittard melting chocolate. Sometimes I’ll add a few paramount crystals to make the chocolate a smoother or thinned out consistency but Guittard chocolate typically doesn’t need it. Dip your pops in the white melted chocolate and tap the excess off.
Insider tip: Tap the top of the hand that’s holding the pop rather than tapping the actual pop. This method helps ensure the pop doesn’t fall off the lollipop stick.
Once the pop is totally dry, dip each ear again in the chocolate and cover with the white matte sprinkles. I found these look more like a poodle’s iconic curls than any other sprinkle. If you want a sassy poodle you could try the sparkly sprinkles. I mean, poodles are French after all.
Once the ears are coated with spilt uncles and are fully dry, you can add the nose, eyes and mouth using black colored chocolate. You definitely don’t need to use the facial expression I did but I thought these faces turned out super cute with the little pink tongue. The gel icing works great for the tongue and the little bows look adorbs on the ear.
Ta da!! Aren’t these super cute?! They’re basically regular cake pops with M&M’s attached to the side with some adorbs sprinkles. I hope everyone enjoys their pops and feel free to experiment with your own breed! If you’ve got a super cool Labrador at home or maybe a sassy goofy Beagle, you can totally customize your pop to mimic your own little pooch.
Here’s Miss Viola sporting her new cake pop. Ok so she doesn’t look super enthusiastic about it but trust me, she went cray cray when I let her sniff them. Lord can that dog cry when she wants a treat!! Again with the princess attitude…
At first Betty was not having it with getting her photo taken so I was a desperate woman. I had her graduation photo (yes we have our dog’s graduation photo framed and yes it’s in the kitchen) Where is MY graduation photo you ask? The hell if I know because it’s certainly not up anywhere visible but at least Betty Viola’s is!!