When we threw an airplane party for my 4 year old, my sister-in-law and mother-in-law flew into town to celebrate the occasion with us. I don’t think we could have pulled it all off if it weren’t for all their help.
Case in point… these cake pops sounded easy enough, but the heavy cake balls were too much for the paper straws. I was ready to throw in the towel, but my genius sister came up with an awesome idea, put marshmallow inside! It made perfect sense… the pops were lighter, the straw stuck nicely in the marshmallow, and they now had a surprise center. Imagine a room full of 4 year olds each eating a cake pop and then discovering the center is marshmallow! It was so funny to watch.
These cake pops were great for an airplane birthday party, but I think they could work for a 4th of July treat as well. The colors are really nice, you might want to skip on the propeller and sprinkle on some red, white and blue star sprinkles!
I bought the paper straws from amazon, I think they were so cute for this project.
If for some reason you never heard of cake pops before.. first check out bakerella whom is the cake pop creator and has lots of examples on her site.
I don’t know where the original propeller pop idea came from (I have seen them done with marshmallow dipped in chocolate without the cake), but this blog post has a great tutorial on how to make the chocolate propellers. (I did this a few days before the party.)
Recipe: Propeller Marshmallow Cake Pops
- 1 box chocolate cake mix
- 1 container of frosting (I used vanilla)
- 1 bag baking chocolate (color of your propeller)
- 1 bag baking chocolate (color for the cake pop)
- 1 bag marshmallows
- Styrofoam for the cake pop stand.. I wrapped mine with craft paper.
- Paper straws or sticks.
- Make the propeller pops (check out the tutorial as noted above). Summary: draw the propeller on a piece of paper, place a sheet of wax paper over this. Melt the chocolate per package directions, and then in a decorating bag pipe the propeller onto the wax paper using your artwork as a guide! Let them dry and harden to use later.
- Make cake per package directions in whatever pan you like. Once the cake is baked and cooled, crumble it up into a big mixing bowl. Then slowly stir in the frosting spoon by spoonful until its sticky. Careful not to add too much frosting or else it won’t form properly.
- Assemble: rip half a marshmallow, using your hands cake on the cake and mold it into a ball. Stick the straw into the cake pop. Stick into the stand, repeat for all. Then freeze for about 30 minutes.
- Melt your chocolate per package directions inside a mug, or something deeper rather than wider. Add a tiny bit of vegetable oil to make the chocolate easier to dip if needed.
- Dip each cake pop into the chocolate, then stick a propeller on top, then refrigerate until serving time.
Preparation time: 45 minute(s)
Cooking time: 30 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 20+