Yesterday my Luau Dance dessert table was featured on Amy Atlas, its always an exciting honor! (see the full post and pics HERE). I made this luau table for my daughter’s 5th grade dance. I didnt have much time to let my ideas evolve for it, as this was a fast track project. My offer to create, design & budget were all submitted for approval in just a day or so. So I was lucky that I didnt have creative block, but this isnt my first luau either! I immediately knew I wanted to make a centerpiece that mimicked the bountiful fruit offerings at a traditional luau but I couldn’t do it with a cake. This crazy idea to make a cake pop pineapple came out of know where. I kept thinking that it reminded me of a croquembouche but in my research I couldn’t find many attempts of other cake artists doing a cake pop croquembouche. I either had a brilliant idea on hand or an epic fail!
So I sketched it out, trying to eliminate any potential bad ideas and in my head it seemed like an idea that should work. I basically decided I was just “chocolate-glueing” cake balls onto a vertical stryofoam surface. If it didnt work, plan B was going to be a tissue paper pineapple for the centerpiece and just cake pops elsewhere on the table. Having the plan B definitely helped my confidence. That, and asking for advice from my sister Jes and friend Jen. They always put me in my place, they don’t sugarcoat it for me when its just wrong. As I started down the road on this experimental trip I took pictures with my cell phone and had a group message going to them about my “pineapple progress” Thats about as much DIY tutorials I do around here….sorry!
It seemed yesterday most of the comments on Amy Atlas’s Facebook picture of my party (its up to 250 likes btw!) were about the cake pop pineapple. I figure some people might be wondering how to make their own sculpted cake pop creation. So took a look at my text message pictures and sure enough, I had enough to pull together a behind the scenes board on how I made it. Its not a styled DIY or step by step tutorial by any means, but you can get the concept along with my descriptions. So here it is! (Click on the image to enlarge it to full screen for better readability).