Use frozen pound cake and a heart cookie cutter to share some puppy love and make irresistible cake pops the kids will love for Valentine’s Day!
When my copy of Cupcakes, Cookies & Pie, Oh, My! arrived I couldn’t wait to play
with the fun ideas in this book.
Karen Tack & Alan Richardson’s third book does not disappoint!
“Two million copies later, the New York Times best-selling authors of Hello, Cupcake! and What’s New, Cupcake? are back, applying their oversized imaginations not just to cupcakes but to cookies, pies, cakes, and other treats.
But they don’t stop at cupcakes. No sweet treat is safe from their ingenuity: refrigerator cookies, pound cakes, pie dough, cheesecakes, bar cookies, and Jell-O are all transformed into amazing and playful desserts. There’s something for everybody in this book, and every single item you need can be found in the neighborhood supermarket or convenience store.”
My book came the day after Valentine’s Day so I dog-eared :) the Puppy Love Pops page right away.
I’m sharing a sweet idea for a cake pop before February slips away~
using candy conversation hearts I picked up on sale after Valentine’s Day.
Ingredients needed for Puppy Love Pops:
Frozen Sara Lee Pound Cake, family size, thawed
1 can each Vanilla & Chocolate Frosting
Crushed Graham Cracker & Chocolate Cookie Crumbs
Kraft Soft Caramels and / or Tootsie Rolls for ears
Conversation Hearts for tongues
Red Candy (Red Hots or M&M’s) for noses
Mini Chocolate Chips for eyes (not pictured)
Plastic Forks for serving
2 inch Heart-shaped Cookie Cutter
Cut hearts from thawed Sara Lee pound cake.
I couldn’t quite get two out of each 1-inch slice of cake.
Insert tines of a plastic fork (carefully to prevent breaking heart)
into the top of cake heart to secure and freeze hearts for 15 minutes.
Mix canned vanilla frosting and ¼ cup chocolate frosting to make a light brown shade; microwave and stir frequently until the texture is lightly whipped cream ( 20 – 30 seconds) so you can smoothly coat the cake heart and the excess frosting can drip back into bowl. You can microwave 5 – 10 seconds more as needed if frosting becomes too thick for dipping (as it is here when I was busy taking photos).
While frosting is wet, sprinkle graham cracker and chocolate cookie crumbs on dipped heart . . .
Add a red candy nose and attach the candy heart for the tongue to wet frosting.
Microwave Caramels and Tootsie Rolls 3 seconds each, rolling out with a rolling pin between pieces of wax paper into a 2-inch oval. Cut ovals into teardrop shaped ears with kitchen shears or scissors and attach ears with frosting.
Use dots of vanilla frosting to attach
mini chocolate chips for puppy eyes.
Alternatively, use fruit chews such as Tootsie Rolls, Laffy Taffy, Starburst in strawberry,
cherry and watermelon flavors, to create puppy tongues instead of Conversation Hearts.
Microwave chews using same method as with puppy ears and cut chews into tongue shape.
There are lots of fun techniques and treats in this book! I’ve just never been able to resist puppies
and I was able to share them with two adorable girls who can’t resist them either. :)
“To all the folks who never pass a bakeshop, a candy store, or a cookie aisle without feeling the urge to go in, to anyone who sees treasure in putting a smile on someone’s face, and to everyone clever enough to realize that the kitchen is the very best place to play, this book is for you.”
Puppy Love Pops for Valentine’s Day
- 2-inch Heart-shaped Cookie Cutter
- Plastic Forks, one per puppy cake pop
- 1 Frozen Sara Lee Pound Cake thawed
- 1 can Vanilla Frosting
- 1 can Chocolate Frosting
- 2 Graham Crackers crushed into crumbs
- 2 Chocolate Cookies crushed into crumbs
- Kraft Soft Caramels or Tootsie Rolls for ears, 2 per puppy
- Conversation Hearts for tongues, 1 per puppy
- Red Candy Red Hots or M&M’s (for noses, 1 per puppy)
- Mini Chocolate Chips for eyes, 2 per puppy
To make puppy face:
- Slice thawed pound cake into 1-inch slices.
- Cut hearts from slices. I couldn’t quite get two out of each 1 inch slice of cake.
- Insert tines of a plastic fork carefully into the top of cake heart to secure and freeze hearts for 15 – 20 minutes.
- Mix canned vanilla frosting with 1/4 cup chocolate frosting to make a light brown shade.
- Microwave and stir frequently until the texture is lightly whipped cream (20 – 30 seconds) so you can smoothly coat the cake heart and the excess frosting can drip back into bowl. Microwave 5 – 10 seconds more as needed if frosting becomes too thick for dipping.
- Place dipped heart on wire rack or wax paper to set.
- While frosting is wet, sprinkle a mix of graham cracker and chocolate cookie crumbs on dipped heart; add a red candy nose and attach the Conversation heart for the tongue.
- Use dots of vanilla frosting to attach mini chocolate chips for eyes.
To make ears:
- Microwave Caramels and / or Tootsie Rolls 3 seconds each, rolling out with a rolling pin between pieces of wax paper into a 2-inch oval.
- Cut ovals into teardrop shaped ears with kitchen shears or scissors and use frosting to attach ears to puppy head.
- When frosting is set, store cake pops in airtight container until ready to serve.
- Serve Puppy Love Pops on a plate of Conversation Hearts for a sweet presentation.
- Alternatively, use fruit chews such as Tootsie Rolls, Laffy Taffy, Starburst in strawberry, cherry and watermelon flavors to create puppy tongues instead of Conversation Hearts. Microwave chews using same method as with puppy ears and cut chews into tongue shape.
- Use scraps of pound cake for a trifle or layered dessert.
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Those are the absolute cutest “pops” I have ever seen….I am off to order that book so that I can make them for my granddaughter who is such a dog lover…
These are adorable! Thanks for sharing.
So cute, Mary! Great fun for the grandchildren.
Nobody likes to play with their food more than you, Mary! These are A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!!!! I had the first “Hello Cupcake” book & it looks like I’ll need to get this one, too. Yours are just darling & such wonderful photographs.
Wow! I can’t even imagine the time and patience involved here. Very cute and very impressive!
You did a wonderful job! I’m always so impressed with people who do such great jobs on the first time. Mine surly won’t look like that, but I will try. I’m going back to California to visit some of the grandchildren next week. These will surely be part of the fun. Thanks.
how cute cute cute! i put this on my wish list and forgot to follow through, how fun to see yours! another stellar job on fun, who let the dogs out, woof woof, come on, sing it with me now, who let the dogs out WOOF WOOF!
Mary, you do know how to have fun in the kitchen. These are adorable! I admire you creative energy. I need to order this book for my sister. Her grands would think this lots of fun, and she, like you would make these.
Aw so cute! This does really sound like a fun book and it’s good to see someone make something from it that turned out great:@)
Too cute! I always look forward to your posts since you are always doing something cute, beautiful or fun!
These are just adorable and a lot of fun! Thank you! Sharing with my nieces who have smaller kids!
These are so cute! My daughter would get a huge kick out of these.
I am first time here, and I need to tell you, I am so impressed! you have a lovely blog. And those puppy-love-pops are just adorable.
Leave it to you to create fun & wonderful photos with some of the darndest things! What a good time you must have had. Been off traveling & a so far behind. But, I’ve missed my blogging friends. Just had to stop in to say hello. Also, loved the camelia post. HUGS!
Charlene & Elle.
I can think of a couple of little boys who would be so happy to find a couple of those pups at a birthday party.
Oh, these are just precious! They do look like a lot of work though. I think I am going to have to make these for the little people in my life. Thanks for sharing these and the info on the book. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
What adorable treats, who could resist these?
Those are so adorably cute, Mary! I’m pinning this to my Nana Love Board on Pinterest!
These would be so fun to do with doggie loving friends!
Oh my gosh, Mary, if those aren’t the cutest things!!! You sure having fun playing with food. I have their second cookbook, but I’d better check this one out.
The Puppy Love Pops are adorable! How does Karen Tack & Alan Richardson keep coming up with such fun food designs? I love them! This book sounds like one I have to buy. Thanks, Mary for the preview.
Mary, these look like so much fun!!! I just recently purchased a Cricut Cake Mini AND the Cake Pops book written by Bakerella…so I should be spending time playing in my kitchen! NOBODY makes food look as good as you do!! These Puppy Love Pops are so cute!!! Hugs to Chloe and Gracie!
Mary, these truly are adorable. I saw this book at our Barnes and Noble last week; looks like it’s full of of fun ideas. :)
You are amazing! I love these too!
I love this idea.The puppy looks so cute and it would be so fun to put them together. I found your blog through sweets for Saturday :).
I just got a new puppy. I am so making these in his honor for all his new fans :) for Valentine’s Day this year. Thanks for the great tutorial. Oh, he is my newest Yorkie-Poo, joining two sisters. His name is Page.
These are adorable.
TOOO Cute!! I love it. I would love to have you hop over and share with us at Tell Me About It Tuesday! (http://www.sweetsillysara.com/2014/01/tell-me-about-it-tuesday-3.html)