These are not my cake pops. These belong to Little Miss Momma, where we found our idea. Lovely blog w/ lovely photos and great instructions-- just what I strive for in my blog too!
But I'm gonna share a failure w/ you. Because life isn't perfect, even if blogs make it look so.
For my daughter's 8th birthday, we decided to create a special treat for her parties with friends. The popular trend in treats is CAKE POPS. After some internet research, Allison and I felt ready for the challenge.
Following the instructions from Little Miss Momma perfectly... make the cake, crumble it up...
Add in the frosting...
Yummy, fun, messy!
Everyone joined in making the cake balls. Closest to mud we can play this time of year.
Went to the smallest detail of dipping our sticks to make them stick well into the balls of cake/frosting...
Lookin' good! Chilled them in hopes they'd firm up.
Here's where it all went downhill. Pretty photos, pops, happy creators... until we begin the dipping. I anticipated it to be tricky, so my anxiety level was up a bit.
They didn't look too pretty, but we wanted to forge ahead. Dipped and stuck like a lollipop into the styrofoam circle.
The cake balls began falling right off the sticks! They were too heavy and goopy-- but we'd followed the instructions.
Sweet A broke into tears... and mommy almost did! Not sure where it went wrong. My best guess is that the balls needed to be firmer (chilled longer or partially frozen maybe?) to work out. But even then, I'm not sure how they'd hold their own weight.
Luckily, they still tasted great. And sweet Allison can make the most of any bummer-- she pretends it's just how she intended and she moves on. (I need to be more like her.)
So, smiles on the face w/ plan B...
And we had some tasty treats for her friends.
And I'll tell you that not one 8 year old complained of the imperfections of our failure.
Just my lesson for today that I don't have to be perfect or even proclaim that I try to be. Thank goodness for grace on so many levels!