Yep, it’s that time of year again, where I celebrate fictional character Lorelai Gilmore’s birthday. Lorelai, from the cult classic TV show Gilmore Girls, was born on April 25th, so naturally I’ve set myself a goal of creating a new Pop Tart-inspired treat to celebrate this occasion each year.
Okay, I didn’t actually intend to make a habit of creating things that look like Pop Tarts for Lorelai’s birthday, but I did happen to make Pop Tart-inspired blondies last year, and then I made Pop Tart-inspired cake pops this year. Next year I’ll choose something else to focus on, I promise!
Anyway, after recently finishing my third watch-through of Gilmore Girls (first was back in 2016, mere weeks before the revival was released!) AND starting Lauren Graham’s novel Someday, Someday, Maybe, I knew I couldn’t let this wonderful occasion slip by without commemorating it in the best way I know how: making something that’s shaped like something else 😜
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Only diehard regular readers will truly understand that last comment, but I think ANYONE – regardless whether you’re a fan of Gilmore Girls or not – can enjoy this recipe! It’s a lot of fun to make, even more fun to eat, and looks super cute too 😋 So keep on reading if you want to learn how to make your own Pop Tart-inspired cake pops!
YOU WILL NEED:
♡ Cake of your choice, cooled and crumbed¹ (I always go for vanilla ’cause I’m boring as heck – you can find my go-to recipe here!)
♡ Buttercream icing
♡ White, milk, and pink chocolate melts²
♡ Sprinkles (I used Dollar Sweet’s “Magic Star Tops” mix, which I was gifted last year!)
♡ Cake pop sticks
♡ Cake pop stand³
♡ Microwave safe bowl
♡ Decorating pen or piping bag, fitted with a small circle tip
♡ Baking tray, lined with baking paper
1. Place a dollop of buttercream icing into your bowl of cake crumbs and mix with your spatula. There is no exact science to how much icing you will need as it depends on how big your cake is.
After every increment of icing you add, attempt to pick up a small handful of mixture and roll it into a ball. If it crumbles away, it needs more icing, but don’t add too much or your mixture will be too runny to hold its shape.
2. Once your cake pop mix is at a good consistency, start picking up handfuls of mixture (no bigger than a tablespoon), shaping it into rectangles, then placing the rectangles onto your lined baking tray. Continue this step until you have as many cake pops as desired.
3. If you want to start decorating your cake pops right away, then quickly place them in the freezer for 10 minutes or so while you prepare your chocolate. If you’re going to wait a few hours or even overnight to decorate them, then place them in the fridge. They need to be firm so they will hold their shape when the melted chocolate is poured on them!
4. Once your cake pops are chilled, keep them in the fridge while you melt your chocolate. To achieve the light brown colour of Pop Tarts, fill your microwavable bowl with roughly 80% white chocolate melts, and 20% milk chocolate melts.
Place them in the microwave for a minute, and then for 30 second intervals – stirring with your spoon after each time – until melted. If the mixture is too light, add some more milk chocolate melts. If it’s too dark, add more white chocolate.
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5. Bring your tray of cake pops out of the fridge. Working quickly, stick a cake pop into the bowl of melted chocolate about 1-2cm deep, place that end of the stick into one of your cake pops, and then stick the cake pop upright in your stand.
Put the stand in the fridge, then continue dipping one stick at a time, pushing it into the pop, then placing your pop onto the stand in your fridge. This ensures that none of the pops are out of the fridge for too long, and that the chocolate you just added will set quickly.
6. Now, one at a time, take a cake pop out of the fridge. Hold it over the bowl of melted chocolate and, with the other hand, spoon out a heap of melted chocolate and drizzle it all over your cake pop, allowing the excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl.
Work quickly before the first layer sets and spoon out some more chocolate and drizzle it on the back and sides of the same cake pop until it is evenly coated, then place the pop back in the stand in the fridge. Continue this step, only ever taking one cake pop out of the fridge at a time, until all your pops are covered in chocolate.
7. First, make sure you have your sprinkles ready to go, as you need to pour them onto your pink chocolate before it sets. I decided to tip mine out onto a plate so I could grab tiny handfuls whenever needed, and didn’t have to worry about too much coming out of the sprinkle container itself.
Then, clean your microwavable bowl and spoon, and place your pink chocolate melts in the bowl. Microwave them for one minute, then in 30 second increments until melted. Use your spoon to scoop the melted pink chocolate into your decorating pen or piping bag.
8. Take one of your cake pops out of the fridge and lay it down on a plate or sheet of baking paper. Use your pen or bag to pipe the outline of a very rough-looking rectangle onto your cake pop – ensuring that it only covered about 80% of the brown chocolate – and then fill the outline with pink chocolate too.
Quickly add your sprinkles before the chocolate sets, gently lift up the pop and let any loose sprinkles fall onto your plate, then place the pop back in the fridge. Continue doing this step until every cake pops have been covered in pink chocolate and sprinkles, then you’re done!
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¹. If you don’t have a food processor, break up your cake with your hands as much as possible, then pour it all into a bowl. Chop up the remaining chunks with a butter knife, shaking the bowl every now and then so that the larger pieces come to the top. Keep on chopping until your cake is sufficiently crumbed!
². I used Wilton’s pink Candy Melts, but found they were a lot thicker to work with whilst melted compared to regular chocolate melts. If you have some pink chocolate food colour, I would recommend using that to colour some of your white chocolate melts instead.
³. The cake pop stand I used is no longer available, but there are many others that you can buy online. Alternatively, you could always use a thick block of styrofoam to stick your cake pops into – just make sure not to move the sticks too much, or the weight of the cake pop might cause the foam to crumble!
There you have it: an uber delicious treat that Lorelai Gilmore herself would surely gobble up every single one of all on her own, because she is the Queen of eating (and talking, and drinking coffee, and many more things!) 🙌
Are any of you Gilmore Girl fans? As much as it makes me cry – which is a LOT – I think it’s going to be one of those shows that I’ll always go back to, because there’s just so many great things about it.
Each watch-through I find something else that I fall in love with. For those who DO watch it, tell me: are you team Jess, Dean, or Logan? I adore Logan, but I will always be 100% Team Jess 😍
Until next time,