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vintage hen cake pops

Well, the cake pops aren’t vintage. Their inspiration is. (And please excuse the chocolate cake oozing most unattractively from the hen pop up there.)

I don’t know why I never make cake pops. I guess I’ve a cookie bias. Yet I love stuff on sticks. From the first time I put a cookie on a stick over a decade-yikes!–ago, I was hooked. And I’ve adored bakerella‘s genius since I saw these way back when.

When I was back home a couple weeks ago (I still call my childhood home “home” though I’ve not lived there for 20 years and I have a firmly established home here) I snagged this vintage hen…candy dish?…from the top of my mom’s fridge. It’s about as old as it would be for my mom to have received it as a wedding shower gift. Does anyone else know about these hens? They are a sort of frosted glass and the top half (the hen) comes off to leave the nest bowl.

{And update: Holly makes a good point in the comments. First I thought “rooster,” too, but I think he/she is supposed to be laying eggs, and so, I thought, “hen.” Feel free to weigh in with your verdict.}

These cake pops honor the hen’s big move from NJ to DC.

to make hen cake pops

you will need:*
1 box of cake mix
1 can of frosting

white candy melts (best buy a couple bags)
lollipop sticks
wax paper

black food coloring pen
styrofoam block
red gummy bears
yellow fish candy (or something comparable)

“flowerful medley” sprinkles
light corn syrup

*Find the candy melts, lollipop sticks and sprinkles in the baking aisle of the craft store. You can find food coloring pens there, too, though I prefer Americolor Gourmet Writers, not in the craft store, but available online and in cake decorating stores. The flower confetti sprinkles I used are these from Wilton.

step one: make your cake pops
As this is not my area of expertise, you’re surely better to go HERE to bakerella’s instructions for making cake pops. But to summarize what I did: Make the cake, let it cool, crumble it into a bowl, add about 3/4 of a can of frosting and mix well (I smushed with the back of a big spoon, then stirred), roll balls (not too big!), place on a tray lined with wax paper and freeze about 10 minutes. Dip the tip of a lollipop stick into some melted candy melts and insert into a ball and freeze again for about 15 minutes. Keep balls in refrigerator when not working with them to keep them chilled.
step two: coat your cake pops
Melt candy melts in a bowl set over simmering water or in the microwave (a microwave save measuring cup works well here, as it’s deep enough for dipping). To microwave, nuke on 50 percent power for 1 minute, stir, then continue to microwave at 30 second intervals at 50 percent power, stirring well at each interval, until fully melted. Hold the lollipop stick, submerge the cake ball into the melts, rotate gently if needed until ball is coated and remove, let the excess drip, and stand in the styrofoam block to harden.
step three: decorate your cake pops
For each pop you’ll need: 1 red gummy bear, a yellow Swedish fish, two yellow flower sprinkles and the black marker.
For the comb: Cut a red gummy bear in half vertically (so right between the eyes, ouch! a warning that this does feel murderous). Adhere the gummy bear cut-side down on top of the cake ball. Use a paintbrush, toothpick or your finger to apply light corn syrup as needed to adhere. For the wattle: Snip off a bit more from the the other half of the red gummi bear you used for the comb and adhere to the ball at the side of the beak. For the feet, adhere two flower sprinkles. Add black dots for eyes.
For the beak: Snip off a bit of tailfin from a yellow fish candy (or any candy with triangular things) and adhere to ball.
For the feet: adhere two sprinkles with corn syrup. For the eyes: draw two black dots. The finished version:
And in case you need a quick hen body part tutorial:

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  1. Linnette
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    WOW! I recently found your blog and it is ADORABLE! I have always loved the art of baking but never really tried it–I was too chicken! (no pun intended). Now that I have seen your blog's very easy to follow illustrations I am inspired for the first time to do something! I adore illustrations as well and I admire your great talent. You have quite a gift. Thank you :)

  2. Sue Sparks
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Love how round your hen pops are, and I love your graphics! :)

  3. Elif
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    hello there… just wanted to stop by for a moment to say I loved your drawings to describe how you decorate the pops! Impressive and cute :)

  4. Holly @ Domestic Dork
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    I think you mean "rooster" pops/candy dish, not "hen." Either way, very cute!

  5. Chic Cookies
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Linnette, wiping tears! Such feedback is so important! Keeps me going. Same to you, too, Sue and Elif!

    I thought exactly the same thing, Holly, since roosters look eerily similar, but I think she/he is supposed to be laying eggs. So has to be a hen, right? Anyone else want to weigh in?

  6. Baking Momma
    Posted June 22, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    I just wrote a post about almost losing a piggy and here you are cutting up bears, and fish to make a hen. What is the world coming to? This had me on the floor! Love it as usual!

  7. Holly @ Domestic Dork
    Posted June 23, 2010 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    The tail is definitely Rooster-like. I did find this:

    And this:

    I hope I'm not ruffling your feathers {snort}. I just find this sort of thing interesting.

  8. Chic Cookies
    Posted June 23, 2010 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    Oh my gosh, Baking Momma, just read your story! Who knew crafting was such high adventure!!

    Well, then we're two great minds, Holly, because I've been searching too! I'm a total nerd and completely interested in such things, now that you got my mind churning. (And now of course I rest til the answer is found… it also looks more like a rooster's comb.)

  9. Natalie...
    Posted June 23, 2010 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Once again you produce amazing results hehe :) so cute love him!!

  10. Cookbook Queen
    Posted June 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    How cute!! Love it. I had a Fisher Price farm set as a kid, and the chicken looked just like yours!!

  11. offthelist
    Posted June 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    I just battled with some cake batter and was in a horrible mood. Then I saw your comment on my gum paste tuts and came over to see this post. Your drawings just lifted my spirits to giddy! I love it, and I love the vintage chicken. I have a similar one sitting on my stove. They are just so iconic aren't they? Thanks for spreading some great baking cheer.


  12. Lovey
    Posted June 23, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    There has been a book written about the little glass hens on nest:

  13. Chic Cookies
    Posted June 23, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    oooh, thanks Lovey! You solved the riddle, too :)

  14. KeelyC
    Posted June 24, 2010 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    OMGoodness! I have favorited your page and Bakeralla's so I'm always grabbing awesome ideas from both places. I don't know why I was so shocked to see you did a cake pop… but defiantly post some cupcake pops soon! Takes more time but the reward from everyone is awesome :) My co-workers love to get my practice batches :)

  15. r.
    Posted June 24, 2010 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Nice nice nice…specially so well and funny explained! THanks!

  16. bridget {bake at 350}
    Posted June 27, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    My mom had one of those hens! And every time I see one now, I have this great feeling of nostalgia!

    Your cake pops are awesome…as are the illustrations! Poor gummy bear!

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