The Cutest Piggy Cake Pops Recipe
This post was created in partnership with universal pictures, but all ideas are my own.
Movies are definitely a big part of our holiday tradition. I know a lot of people who go and see a movie on Christmas day. There’s a fairly big age gap between my two boys, so sometimes it can be difficult to find a movie that we all want to see, but this year there’s a clear winner – Sing!
Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.
Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; and Ash (Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.
Each arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life. And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn’t the only thing that is in need of saving.
Featuring more than 65 hit songs, Sing is produced by Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy. Together, they have produced all of Illumination’s films since the studio’s inception. Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters on December 21, 2016.
With great actors like Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly, as well as great music, adorable animals, what’s not to love? It also includes a great message, “Don’t let fear keep you from doing the thing you love.”
Personally, I’m attracted to Rosita, the mama pig who has just a little too much going on at home to focus on herself and her own dreams. I can’t imagine WHY I might be drawn to her!
A FUN RECIPE
In honor of Rosita, I decided to make these Piggy Cake Pops!
The Cutest Piggy Cake Pops Recipe
- 1 box of yellow or white cake mix
- eggs (check cake mix requirements)
- vegetable oil(check cake mix requirements)
- water (check cake mix requirements)
- 1-2 packages of light pink vanilla candy melts
- 1 package of tropical Skittles candies (using the pink ones for the noses and any color for the ears)
- black writeable food pen
You'll also need:
- cake pop maker (or the classic method, though more time-consuming)
- deep microwave-safe glass or plastic bowl
- paper lollipop sticks (anywhere from 24-48)
- cake pop stands (enough for at least 48 cake pops – you can also use styrofoam blocks)
- Make boxed cake mix by following the instructions on the box. Using the cake batter, create cake balls using a cake pop maker. Once balls are created, chill cake balls for 1-2 hours.
- Once balls are chilled, remove from refrigerator and heat candy melts in a deep bowl using the microwave, one bag at a time. Heat for 25 seconds, stir and continue until the melts are all melted. DO NOT OVERCOOK AS THE MELTS WILL SEIZE UP.
- Using a toothpick, create "slits" for each ear section on each cake ball. Dip any color of Skittles into the melted candies (to serve as glue) and insert into the slits. Let dry for a couple of minutes.
- Take a lollipop stick and dip the tip of the stick roughly 1/2 inch into the melted candy. Push the lollipop stick into a cake ball, about halfway through. Dip the cake pop into the melted candy coating until it is completely covered, then remove carefully. Try not to re-dip or move your cake pop around in the melted candy. This will result in a very thick, heavy cake pop and you want to avoid that as it may fall off the stick. (if it does fall off the stick, fish it out using a spoon) You may need to use your finger to remove any drips under the cake pop. Once your cake pop is properly dipped, place in your cake pop holder and move to the next! Let all pops fully harden.
- Once pops are hardened, remove all pink Skittles and draw two vertical straight lines to create "nostrils" on each using a black writable food pen. Reheat remaining candy melts in the same bowl as before (you can reheat melts several times, so no need to purchase new bags). Using a toothpick, place a tiny bit of melted candy on the back of a pink Skittle (the side with the "S") and glue to the middle of the pig "face" to create the nose. Use the writable black pen to create eyes and mouth (optional)!
Aren’t they the cutest? They are quite tasty, too. 🐷
Download free SING activity sheets and coloring pages at www.singmovie.com/printables!
What do you think? Will you be seeing Sing this Christmas, too?
Happy holidays and here’s to a 2017 of following the things we love!