Friday, April 27, 2012

Pinterest Project 4-6 = Epic Fail?

Um. . . the final Pinterest Projects didn't quite turn out the way I wanted to.

First of all, I am surprised I even completed three (and let's not forget the small side projects I did in addition to the larger ones--they have to count for something right?), I mean I was deprived of chocolate and full of hope and inspiration and pretty, pretty pins.

Pinterest Project 4: Glitter Eggs = Fail

The Lady did make one glitter egg. We squeezed a little glue on it and rolled it around in a plastic baggy. Pretty creative huh? Also, half the bag ended up on the Little Lady's lap and the rest on the floor.

Pinterest Project 5: I got nothing here. Would you settle for a photo of goldfish crackers poured into a carrot shaped baggie and placed gently in an Easter basket? No? No worries, I didn't even take a pic of it. Ugh. Big Fail.

Pinterest Project 6: Easter Egg Cake Pops
This was to be the pinnacle of the Pinterest Project. I have seen a lot of cake pop pins out there. The only time I ever had them were at a birthday party of a friend's daughter last summer. They were super cute and very yummy, but they seemed kind of complicated and I had yet to be bit by the Pinterest bug. Little did I know that all you had to do was bake a cake, let it cool, mix in some frosting, shape into little balls or in this case eggs, dip in candy coating and voila. . .
Original Pin

So, I bought three bags of pastel colored candy disks, some lollipop sticks and entirely too much yellow cake.

I should have known that I might be in over my head when the spoon I was using to mix in the frosting broke off in the bowl.

The Lady and I decided to take things into our own hands. Don't worry, I made sure she didn't put her hands back in the bowl after she started to lick her fingers.

We rolled the cake/frosting mixture out into egg shapes and placed on parchment. In hindsight these were probably too big.

Also, not long after this photo was taken, the Lady fell asleep on the couch. She joined her already sleeping siblings. Usually, this would be a wonderful time of the day for me, but not only was it 4:30 in the afternoon--so bedtime was going to be a huge ordeal, but I was stuck microwaving candy disks on the defrost setting at 30 seconds a clip.

Close up of the cake pop pre-dip
So the first couple of cake pops actually turned out ok. I made special care to pre-dip the lollipop sticks so that they would stay in the cake.

I got through the yellow candy coating pretty well and a few of my eggs even came out looking like the original pin.

Things started falling apart after that. I am not sure if the cake balls were too big or I didn't put enough candy on the stick, or if I didn't dip them deep enough into the coating. (Does this sentence seem like it is drifting into "mommy porn" territory or am I not understanding the full definition of that? I haven't yet read "Fifty Shades of Grey")

Anyway, things literally started to fall apart. . .

By the time I got to the pink candy coating, things seemed a bit desperate. It seems that even though the lollipop stick wasn't able to stay in the pop, anything else that came in contact with it was affixed with super glue like strength. I am pretty sure I could have scooped this stuff on top of a construction helmet and hung myself from the closest I-beam.

Also, it wasn't easy to clean.

Well, I had come this far. I had a few salvageable cake pops, a sink full of caked on candy and enough nonpareil sprinkles under foot to give me the confidence to finish this Pinterest Project
So, I grabbed the flower pot I found at Michael's for about $4. Stuffed it with the foamy thing (yes, it's technical name is Foam Mousse--but foamy thing works for me) and proceeded to make the best damn cake pop Easter Egg flower arrangement ever!

The final product!

I bypassed the fake grass and shoved in the only available thing I could find that was green. I guess I should be more upset that only two people actually ate the cake pops, but I am pretty proud of some of my Pinterest Projects and am feeling much better now that I have ripped through a bag and a half of peanut M&Ms.

1 comment:

  1. They are cute!!! You are my hero for even attempting something on Pinterest. I was LOL about your broken spoon.