On my way to the Asian market. I received a call from an acquaintance inquiring about an order. She wanted me to make some special sweets for a family reunion at the end of January. The reunion was on the same day as Tet, which is Vietnamese/Chinese Lunar New Year. As I drove up to the Asian market, the entire plaza was decorated and ready for the New Year festivities. Inside, the plaza hung hundreds of red lanterns and pots of chrysanthemums and plum flowers. In the front entrance was a huge display of a red money bag filled with Chinese gold coins. It was beautiful.
The New Year’s decorations were my inspiration for these cake pops. These were so much fun to make. They’re super adorable, festive, and of course… delicious.
Prior to making the cake pops, I made most of the fondant decorations ahead of time. Doing so will allow the fondant some time to dry and harden. Since I had to make 4 dozen cake pops, I had decided to make 4 different kinds of cake balls. Chinese gold coin, Chinese dress, red lantern, and plum flowers.
Chinese Gold Coin
You will need: yellow fondant, xacto knife or the smallest square cutter, 1″ circle cutter, and piping tip slightly smaller than the circle cutter, and gold color mist spray
Roll out the fondant. Cut out circles using the 1″ cutter. Place the larger end of the piping tip in the center of the circle. Press the tip in half way. Just enough to create an indention. Use an xacto knife or a square cutter, cut out the center of the circle.
Lightly spray edible gold color mist on the fondant coin. Set aside and allow it to dry for 10 min. Spray 2nd coating and set it aside to dry and harden at least over night. Since I had to individually package these cake pops, I made the fondant gold coin 3 days in advance.
You will need: red fondant, yellow fondant, xacto knife or pizza cutter, small craft paint brush, water
Roll out the red fondant and cut the fondant into the shape below. I love using the xacto knife, but a pizza cutter will do just fine.
The roll out a thin strip of yellow fondant. Dip the paint brush in a little bit of water.
Brush the water onto the outside of the red fondant. Attach the yellow fondant making a border around the red fondant.
Take both ends of the collar and gently fold it in. Set it aside and let it dry and harden. The rest of the decorations will be made after the cake pops are dipped.
For the cake pops
You will need: chilled cake balls, melted chocolate, oil, lollipop sticks, mixing utensil, styrofoam block
In order to create a smooth and perfectly round cake ball / cake pop, add oil to the melted chocolate. I prefer using coconut oil, but when I’m making it for a event, I would use vegetable oil. Use 1 tsp of oil for 8 oz of chocolate.
Now it’s poppin time! Click on the video to see how!
Chúc Mừng Năm Mới, Gung Hay Fat Choy, Happy New Year!!!
Wishing everyone good luck, prosperity, love and happiness in the New Year!