Beanies are a tell-tale sign that cold weather and the holidays are upon us. These brimless knitwear caps come in an array of colors and are often adorned with colorful pompoms on top. Today we’ll create this winter accessory in cake pop form!
Beanie cake pops
- Cake pop dough ready for shaping
- Candy coating color of your choice
- Small round candies such as SweetTarts or Sixlets, or puff cereal
- Sparkling sugar
- Paramount crystals
- Lollipop sticks
- Waxed paper
- Ziptop bags
- Cake pop stand
- Optional: Crushed candy canes pieces, crushed nuts
Portion cake pop dough uniformly using a cookie scoop or a food scale. The portions should be between 26-30 grams each.
Roll each portion into a sphere, then use your flat work surface to flatten the bottom by tapping the cake ball on your work surface until a you achieve a half dome-shape.
Pinch along the edge to create a sharper and more defined edge. Place all portions on a waxed paper– or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes or up to overnight.
While the cake ball forms chill and set, sort your round “pompom” candies by color if needed. Round candies, like Sixlets and chewy SweetTarts, or round cereal puffs make fun pompoms for these winter hats, depending on the look and size preferred.
Remember to crush up the nuts and candy canes while you’re at it.
Heat the candy coating in a plastic or silicone cup or bowl. These are the two best materials for heating coating. Microwave for 1 minute at 50 percent power and stir. Continue to microwave at 50 percent power in 30-second intervals, stirring between each heating interval, until melted and smooth.
Each color and brand melts to a different consistency. Use paramount crystals to thin the coating to the consistency of new wet paint. Alternatively, you can use EZ Thin or solid coconut oil to thin the coating. Mix in a teaspoon at a time until you’ve reached the proper consistency.
Remove the cake portions from the fridge and let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes, or longer if they were kept in the fridge for more than 30 minutes.
Dip ⅓” of the lollipop stick into the coating and insert the candy-coated stick in through the flat side of the cake ball until about halfway through. Repeat for all.
Submerge the cake pop completely into the melted coating until the coating meets the stick. Lift it out and gently shake up and down to remove excess coating. Use a toothpick to pop any air bubbles.
While the coating is still wet, place a candy or cereal pompom at the top of the beanie. Place the cake pop on the stand to dry completely.
To add a cuff to the bottom of the beanie using sprinkles, pour the remaining melted coating (reheat for 10-30 seconds at 50 percent power if needed) in the corner of a ziptop bag. Snip one tip of the bag with scissors and use like a piping bag.
Pipe coating around the rim for the cuff. This is best done by piping a line as you twirl the cake pop.
Immediately press the wet coating into sprinkles, crushed candy cakes or chopped nuts. Place on the stand once more and let dry completely.
For an optional finishing touch, you can pipe vertical lines (from the space under the pompom to the cuff) to mimic knitted ribbing or create a swirl in the area between the cuff and pompom.