Wednesday, January 18, 2017

It's National Winnie the Pooh Day


WINNIE THE POOH is our beloved ‘hunny’-loving bear.  Join in today to celebrate Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga, Piglet, Eeyore, and all of the classic characters you know and love.  In celebration, here's a recipe for a treat that's worthy of Hundred Acre Wood.

Winnie the Pooh Hunny Pot Cake Pops

Materials:

1 box cake mix (bake as directed on box for 13x9 cake)
1 16oz can of ready-made frosting
Wax paper
Baking sheets
Yellow candy coating
Purple candy coating
Brown rainbow chip sprinkles
Black edible ink pen
Toothpicks
Paper lollipop sticks
Styrofoam block

Instructions:

1.  After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into a large bowl.

2.  With a large spoon, mix thoroughly with about 3/4 of the can of frosting.  You won't need the rest.

3.  Roll mixture into quarter size cake balls and place on a wax paper covered baking sheet.

4.  Place cake balls in the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm up.  You can transfer them to the refrigerator to keep chilled and avoid freezing.

5.  Shape the cake balls into ovals for the Hunny pots.

6.  Return the cake pops to the refrigerator to maintain firmness.

7.  When you are ready to make the Hunny pots, melt the purple candy coating.  Insert a lollipop stick into the oval-shaped cake ball.  Dip into the candy coating so the cake ball is completely covered.  Remove and let most of the excess fall off and back into the bowl.  Then, place the cake pop on a wax-paper covered baking sheet.  Some of the coating will rest at the base forming the edge of the pot.  Repeat with the remaining pots and let dry completely.

8.  Once dry, you can add the "hunny".  Heat yellow candy coating and use a spoon to apply it to the top of the pots.  If you let it thicken for a few minutes, it will be less likely to run down the pot.  You want it thick enough to drip over the edge, but not too runny that it makes a mess.

9.  Let dry completely in a styrofoam block and write HUNNY on each pot with a black edible ink pen.  Reverse the direction of the first N for an extra Winnie the Pooh detail.

10.  Let dry completely.

11.  You can wrap in treat bags tied with a ribbon and/or store them on the counter or in an airtight container.

Who is your favorite Winnie the Pooh character?  My personal fave is Eeyore.