Red Velvet Crab Cake Pops
I helped make these ridiculously cute crab cake pops with my friend Carol, who was taking these yummy treats to her coworker’s annual crab feed the next day. The process took a while because we made about 100 total pops, but it was well worth it! This post is mainly about how to decorate the pops. If you would like to learn how to make the balls for the pops check out our post here.
To make the cake pops:
- 100 pop sticks (can get at Michael’s, Joanne’s or local cake supply shop)
- Candy melt for glueing the sticks
- One can of cream cheese frosting (we used about 3/4 f it)
- 1 box of red velvet cake mix, baked, cooled and crumbled
- 2 large styrofoam blocks for local art supply store, at least 2 inch thick.
Or you can go pro and make the cake and cream cheese frosting from scratch! Here’s our recipe to try.
For decorating the pops: Most supplies purchased from Barbara of Pauline’s Cake Decorating Supplies
- 200 swedish fish for claws (purchased at Diddams)
- 600-800 tiny sugar lips for the small legs
- 200 sugar eyes
- 1 inch scalloped cookie mold to cut out claws
- 2 bags of Red candy melt
We started off with red velvet cake, of course!
After making the cake balls, we set them aside in the freezer to harden up a bit before creating the pops. To make cake pops, simply dip the stick about 1/2 inch into the melted candy melt and then insert the stick into the cake ball about halfway through. Put the pops back into the fridge or freezer until you’ve made all the pops.
Carol thought of the clever idea of using Swedish fish for the crab claws by taking a scalloped cookie cutter and cutting away some of the candy to shape the claws. A very tedious task but the claws looked amazing!
Tiny sugar lips were used as the little legs for the crabs– we added 3 on each side with the lips placed upside down. I think real crabs actually have 8 little legs but we decided just to go with 6 in case we ran out of lips to use. And for the eyes we used pre-made eyes made of sugar from a specialty cake shop.
Now adding the eyes and the big claws. Carol’s adorable dog, Charlie, wants some attention =)
Finally, all done! Don’t they look awesome?! We used 2 foam blocks from Michael’s Arts & Craft Store to stick these pops in.
You can also use an edible marker pen to create a smiley mouth on the little guys for more personality, but we decided to omit that step!