Intro: Giant Cake Pop Turkey
The idea went something like this. "We should make cake pops." "We should make them for Thanksgiving." "Let's make a giant cake pop shaped like a turkey." Conclusion: my husband and I are weird.
Step 1: Bake Cake
This was our first time making cake pops, but I knew the basic concept. We started by baking two different cakes, chocolate and vanilla (for dark and light meat).
Step 2: Crumble Cake
Next, we dived in and started crumbling the cake up. I went straight in with my hands. Once it was crumbled, I added in about 2/3 a can of frosting and worked it into a nice dough.
Step 3: Sculpt
For the body of the turkey, I just took the entire blob of vanilla and molded it into a turkey shape. For the drumsticks and wings, I molded smaller shapes and stuck sticks in them. It was a little weird putting sticks in the wings but it will make it slightly easier to eat.
Step 4: Cover With Chocolate
Now it was time for chocolate. We used bakers chocolate. I've heard people mention using those candy melts as well, but I don't have the experience to compare. For the drumsticks and wings, I was able to dip it in and roll around. Since the appendages were pretty heavy, I used a spoon to help pour chocolate over and cover it.
For the body, I just poured a bowl of melted chocolate over the top and used a spoon to help spread it around. Be sure to do this on a non-stick surface and not your final serving platter. The chocolate really pools at the bottom so later you will trim the excess and move it.
Step 5: Attach Limbs
Once the chocolate has set (the fridge really speeds this up), you are ready to assemble your turkey. To move the body, find a partner. My husband lifter the entire silpat we were using and slowly peeled one edge down. I then put a spatula under that end and we slowly moved it onto the plate. We were out of chocolate so I used frosting to attach the limbs. Just blob a bunch on there and press the pieces on. I recommend using a utensil to push them on because your fingers will melt into the chocolate.
Step 6: Finish!
To finish, we cleaned up the edges where the frosting was and added little marshmallows to the ends of the drumsticks. Done!