Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Watermelon cake pops



I FINISHED MY ECONOMETRICS PROJECT!!! If you have been within a 20 feet radius of me within the last week, I apologise now. No one deserves that much economics bombarded on them. (Sometimes I wonder if I deserve to have this much economics bombarded on me.)

And so to celebrate, I am rewarding myself with a new post on here :)

I made these a while ago when I made the first 'accidental cake pops', which is where you can find the basic recipe.

When I made these at a family barbecue, all of the comments where 'oooh, what lovely strawberry cakes!' They're meant to be watermelon.

Watermelon!

Well, maybe it could look a bit like strawberry from far off...

Actually, nope. Definitely watermelon.

Also, I also made this as I know that now the weather is warmer many of you feel inclined to eat more fruit. This counts as one of your five-a-day, right?

As you can see, the first photo is one that I used to make my subscription button (somewhere to the right of where you're looking now). Feel free to sign up by email too! It's not like that button and all the web coding (which I do not understand, so this makes me, in web language, a n00b?) took me 3 hours to make or anything. I'm just sayin' :)


All I remember when I made this was 'boy did I underestimate how long it look to ice these things'. I don't have a proper cake pop stand so it was hard to ice all around it without getting icing stuck to my fingers (yummy at first, annoying and sickly after half an hour), but I managed to get one side decent enough in the end to take photos of.

So if you are going to make them, my tip is to put them on cake pops sticks first (I actually used bamboo skewers), stick them in some polystyrene, then ice it that way.




I know many of you aren't fans of using food colouring in baking, but I didn't really know how else to colour the icing pink. I was considering using beetroot juice, but the last time I did that I got a nice big stain on my white trousers (it was inevitable), so I'm scared of going near them.


The flesh of the watermelon is lemon curd (I got lemon food withdrawals after I made the chocolate and lemon tart so I went out and bought this - I fear I am now addicted to them), which I dotted on with chopsticks. I was cooking with my friends the other day and they found it amusing how I dot things on with chopsticks. We were making fajitas and I was making chocolate cake, but still ended up finding a use for chopsticks (I was positioning rice krispies to write a message, I mean, how else would I do it?)

Like I said in my last post, that's just how I rolllllll :D


Recipe for the cake can be found at the bottom of this post. All you need to do is shape the cake pops into triangles, make up a quantity of coloured icing (I used icing sugar, red food colouring and water for the flesh, green ready rolled icing for the skin, and black piping icing for the pips), and go ca-razy!


p.s. oops, almost forgot to say. I'm being sponsored by CasaBento for a series of bento-related posts. Yay! From June, I'll be blogging recipes using products from their site, and I'd love to hear which things you want me to choose from their site to make recipes with! 

Meanwhile, take a look a their contest. Get a hang of the amazingly cute things they have, that sort of thing :)

51 comments:

  1. first! grats again on the sponsorship :)

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  2. :D Congrats on completing your project :) The cake pops look great! I totally see that they're watermelons, especially after I read the title of the post :D Just kidding! They are very cute... :) Can't wait to see your bento-related posts... Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Very clever! I went to a workshop on cake pops at the Nottingham Food Festival back in the Autum, she made it look SO easy but she had all of the funny stands and other random specialist tools lol!

    I'll have to give these a go once exams are over :)

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  4. They look delicious and really cute. Good luck with the results on your project!

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  5. Thanks! That's one project down...4 exams to go!

    @EmmywI know! I used a polystrene block as my stand and some BBQ skewers (no student can afford all of those specialist equipment!), but yes do try them, I'd love to see how yours turned out :)

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  6. How pretty and whimsical! I especially like the photo with the sky as a backdrop!

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  7. Think of this icing project as a trial by fire for the endless studies and meetings coming up in your career as an economist ... a lesson in patience and perseverance, albeit WAY more yummy! And, by the by, they def look like watermelon slices, not strawberries ... ;-)

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  8. You are amazing! So creative and talented. The only thing I knew how to cook in college was pasta pomodoro and look at you go!

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  9. Yah congrats.

    I love these pops, look like watermelon to me. YUMMY and cute

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  10. They look clearly like watermelon wedges to me :). So so cute and perfect for summer coming up here.

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  11. Your guests were behaving like economists - they assumed it was strawberry just because it looks like one. Now they know not to make too many assumptions

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  12. What a nice idea for summer! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. They are fab and I am very impressed with your web coding too :)

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  14. first thing I thought was: how cute, watermelon! so score for you ;)

    they're really cute, perfect for a family/friends bbq.

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  15. Looks like watermelons to me too...and I can see lots of effort and work being put into making these...and I have yet to negotiate my way around this blogging codes thingy...I mean, how do one add the "Reply to comment" code? I am still scratching my head!

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  16. These are great! They look so vibrant and instantly remind me of Summer and delicious fruit. I love the idea of lemon curd as the flesh of watermelon; both of them are refreshing and zingy. Your cake pops are deserving of your families admirations..and mine too!

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  17. Hi! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! I think they look like watermelons - they are so cute. Congratulations on finishing your project!

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  18. Awwwww!!!That looks so cute, I bet it was yummy too.

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  19. Congratulations on the project completion:)
    Hahaha, I agree...watermelon alright! I am a strawberry fan, and I confirm this is in no way like a strawberry:)
    Watermelon it is, you're successful!;)

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  20. Hi Xinmei! Congrats on finishing the project and receiving the sponsorship! That is so cool and I can't wait to see your feature! Wow your watermelon looks so good! I love your work, every part of it...ever since I saw your sushi cake... :-)

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  21. These look quite realistic! You've even got the watermelon texture right!

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  22. Wow! They look really good! Love the blue skies in the background of the first photo, they are perfect for summer!

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  23. These are the cutest pops! What a great summertime treat

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  24. So creative and they looks beautiful!

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  25. Aww they're so cute! And congratulations on the sponsorship too! Can't wait to see the bento posts :D

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  26. Definitely looks like watermelon to me! Congratulations for completing your economics project!
    Seriously, they do look like watermelons, and really cute too!

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  27. These cake pops are too cute for the springtime! What a fun and creative idea. You are so talented!

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  28. What an original presentation! Love your watermelon cake pops!
    And also congrats for being sponsored by CasaBento!

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  29. Totally cute! Watermelon cake pops sound perfect for a BBQ! Although I would be sad if there weren't real watermelons as well.

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  30. Those look amazing, well done.

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  31. These are really cute. I have some young men who visit from time to time and I know they will love these. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  32. Congratulations on completing your project. These watermelon cake pops are adorable. So super cute!

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  33. Very cute idea! My kiddos would love them. :)

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  34. They're darling!!! You did such a great job! It looks like they were time consuming to make...especially with the decorating part of it. You know I've never made cake pops before. I really gotta try it! :)

    Congrats by the way for completing your project and for being sponsored by CasaBento. :)

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  35. Thanks for all of the comments, and for backing up the watermelon-ness of the cake pops :D

    @Sarah, Maison Cupcake The texture came out like that as an accident really, I couldn't get it to go smooth and it just kept going all over my hands! But thank you :)

    @sheila @ Elements Yes, you should definitely try them, I'd love to see what you make!

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  36. Yep, definitely watermelon! and love the sunny photo!

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  37. Xinmei, this little pops are so cute...perfect for a nice Summer day. You are so so creative. Hope you are having a great week :-)

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  38. They're cute, and they're definitely watermelons! I laughed when I read about Econometrics. I studied Economics years ago, and haven't thought of that in ages!

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  39. These are so cute and summery - definitely watermelons :) Congratulations on finishing the project and getting sponsored!

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  40. Yup...I can also definitely see that those are watermelon pops :)! Those people need glasses ;). How cool, you're also now sponsored by CasaBento, have fun :)!

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  41. Wow sponsorship, great stuff! Looking forward to seeing some cute bento from you!

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  42. Congratulations on finishing your project AND they do look like watermelon slices, they really do.

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  43. WHOA ~ Creativity at its best ~ and how beautifully you have presented it ~ simply gorgeous!
    US Masala

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  44. thanks for the blog visit :)! your blog is ADORABLE!!! love the cute watermelon pops~!!! its my favorite fruit heehee!

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  45. Bravo x 2: for the econometrics and your mouthwatering pops. What a great way to celebrate. Thanks for letting us join in the fun!

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  46. Sooo cute!! We've passed an award on to you, find it at http://kitchengypsies.blogspot.com/p/awards.html

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  47. Yay on finishing your econometrics project! These look very cute...definitely watermelon! Have a great weekend!

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  48. Wowed...so many things to congratulate you on...so congrats on everything. This is a great take on cake pops, your watermelons look like they're so juicy they're about to melt in the sun! Hmm.. Why does that sound so WRONG?? Anyway, love these! Very much.

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  49. These are sooooooooooooooooooo cute!!!!!!!

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  50. I finally got round to making cake pops :D woo hoo! nothing as complex as these mind you ;)

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