Game of Thrones Cake Pops

by Jennifer on April 5, 2012

in Awesome Treats, Book Themed Desserts, Cake Pops, Games of Thrones Desserts, Halloween Desserts, TV Themed Desserts

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Since I didn’t read any of the Game of Thrones books before watching the show, everything was a surprise to me. But, the biggest surprise came during the ninth episode of the first season, “Baelor.” Everything was building towards a most dreadful ending and I kept thinking, “No, they won’t do it. They won’t kill Ned Stark. No way.” And then, this happened:

Holy crap. They did it. They killed the supposed protagonist. As if that wasn’t controversial enough, they also created this teaser poster for season 2:

Image from EW.com

After an immediate reaction of shock, sadness, and a little disgust (which I imagine was the point), I thought…it kind of looks like a cake pop. I realize this means that I’ve lost it. I’m ok with that.

And so, my Ned Stark cake pops were born. They’re not that different from regular cake pops, except I used a bamboo skewer that extends all of the way through the cake ball…and they’re kind of grotesque, funny, and awesome at the same time.

Ned Stark Cake Pops

Cake ball recipe from Bakerella

Ingredients:

  • Red velvet cake from a 18.25 ounce box mix, cooled completely
  • 16 ounces cream cheese frosting
  • Bamboo skewers
  • White candy melts
  • Yellow candy melts
  • Pink candy melts
  • Red candy melts
  • Brown candy melts
  • Black food writer

Crumble the cooled cake in a large bowl and mix in the cream cheese icing. I used my hands, which is super messy but more effective. It should be slightly sticky and moldable (how is “moldable” not a real word? I’m a rebel English major).

Roll the mixture into about quarter sized balls and chill on a cookie sheet for a couple hours. If you’re short on time, you can put them in the freezer instead.

This recipe will make tons of cake balls (Bakerella estimates about 45-50). You can halve the recipe to make less.

Dipping time! I think I read somewhere that you should estimate approximately 1 ounce of candy melts per pop. That sounds a little high to me, but I’m new to the cake pop world.

Mix equal parts pink, yellow, and white candy melts.

Microwave according to the package directions. If your package does not have directions for melting, try putting the candy melts in the microwave on 50% power for about 1 minute. Stir, and then keep putting them back in the microwave on 50% power for 10-15 seconds, stirring after each heating session. You want the mixture to be glossy and smooth.

Now that the cake has been chilling in the fridge for some time, take a bamboo skewer and push it all the way through one of the red velvet balls. A little bit of cake will cling to the exposed tip. Don’t worry – it only heightens the effect.

Now, dip it in the melted candy up to the bottom of the cake ball.

Don’t worry about the candy on the tip of the skewer. Once it dries, it is easy scrape off the extra with a knife.

After they have dried and you cleaned up the skewer tip, melt the brown candy melts to make the hair. Just take a toothpick and apply the chocolate to the pop. Don’t worry about being perfect here; you’re just laying down the foundation of the hair. You may have to reheat the candy and change toothpicks a couple times.

The chocolate layer will dry pretty quickly. Once it does, keep adding additional bits of chocolate to add texture.

It sounds complicated, but really, I was just wingin’ it and I think it came out pretty nice.

Next, I added the face with a food writer. I knew I couldn’t pull off a super realistic likeness, so I went for a more cartoonish look.

Death makes Ned Stark a sad panda. I already started making the beard here with the same candy melts I used for the hair. I outlined the mouth first and then added more.

I didn’t extend the beard all the way to the hair just to give it a more defined look. I wanted to make sure it actually looked like a beard!

Next, melt a couple red candy melts and add a little blood under the cake pop.

It adds a little something, no?

Poor Ned Stark.

Gone too soon, but immortalized in cake. And, isn’t that what is really important?

Find more Game of Thrones inspired treats here

 

 

 

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1 C&C Cakery April 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm

This is. So badass. We did “Starks on a Stick” for a local Con – they did great. These would do so much better. You’ve got to add little Xs for eyes next time though!

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2 Jennifer April 6, 2012 at 7:12 am

So funny that you said the eyes should be X’s – my husband said the exact same thing! Next time :)

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3 Geeky Hooker April 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Bahaha, these are so awesome! Found this through the Game of Thrones tumblr…I submitted a few things myself, but there’s some serious talent out there! For what it’s worth, I actually like the eyes the way they are…gives more of that creepy cute (and delicious) factor. :)

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4 Jennifer April 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Many thanks! I looked at your website and holy cuteness – I love your little knitted GoT critters!!

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5 Hot Nerd Girl April 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I totally stumbled on this by accident and I’m obsessed! I want to make these sooo badly! Very creative :)

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6 Jennifer April 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Thank you, thank you! I just checked out your blog and it is awesome. Following now :)

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7 Hot Nerd Girl April 16, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Awesome! Glad you like it :)

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8 Bonnie April 17, 2012 at 8:57 pm

My family members are big fans of Game of Thrones. I have to make these….they are awesome! Poor Ned….now he will be immortalized in cake pops!

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9 Jennifer April 17, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Thanks, Bonnie!

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10 denise:) April 19, 2012 at 11:38 am

Found this via Tumblr- you are BRILLIANT, woman! I can’t tell you how much i love these!! Made me smile (and cry a little too…)
Enjoy Season 2!

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11 Jennifer April 19, 2012 at 11:49 am

Thank you, thank you! I’m so glad you like them :)

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12 denise:) April 19, 2012 at 11:39 am

sorry to include that link- i didn’t realize my comment would automatically snag my last blog post… ;)

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13 Jennifer April 19, 2012 at 11:50 am

No worries! It is so you can share your content too :)

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14 Jacqui April 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I’ve yet to see the series but I knew that Sean Bean was playing Ned Stark so when I started the books I was reasonably confident the character was going to die, Sean almost always dies before the end! Sad that it was so soon, but I’ll just look away when the moment comes I think. The cake pops look deliciously scary.

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15 Jennifer April 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Thanks, Jacqui! I’ve heard that about Sean Bean – poor guy :)

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16 nina April 27, 2012 at 4:11 am

OMG. Seriously? This made me laugh, obviously I’ve lost it and I’m okay with that too LOLOLOL

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17 Jennifer April 27, 2012 at 6:40 am

Thanks, Nina! :)

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18 cath May 2, 2012 at 2:11 am

I made these the other night for a GoT viewing party, they were a big hit! Thank you for the awesome recipe :)

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19 Jennifer May 2, 2012 at 7:38 am

Thanks so much for letting me know, Cath! I’m so glad they worked out for you :)

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20 Mark Williams May 12, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Wow, these are so cool!

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21 Jennifer May 13, 2012 at 3:26 am

Thanks, Mark! I’m so glad you like them :)

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22 atroon May 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

I do just want to point out that Sean Bean, whatever he is in, ALWAYS dies. I love this idea and plan to attempt it immediately.

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23 Jennifer May 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Somebody else said the same thing – it is true! Poor Sean Bean :)

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24 Beatriz May 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Really nice idea!

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25 Jennifer May 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Thanks so much, Beatriz!

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26 isa May 17, 2012 at 10:03 pm

These. Are. HILARIOUS. I love you. I really do.

Now, if only I could get my husband to watch GoT with me, I could make these and share them…

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27 Jennifer May 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Aww – thanks so much, Isa! I’m so glad you like them :)

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28 Binky May 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Awesome. Seeing this made my day.

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29 Jennifer May 20, 2012 at 8:47 am

Thank you! :)

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30 Juliet May 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Um, these are AMAZING. How cool! (Poor Ned).

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31 Jennifer May 23, 2012 at 12:42 am

Thanks so much, Juliet!

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32 Isabel Ibáñez May 23, 2012 at 10:55 am

I had pinterest you ;)

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33 Brandy May 29, 2012 at 1:07 am

These are awesome! Made some myself using your instructions, I always have really bad luck with cake pops (the first dipping step) which means I only ended up with like five when it was all said and done.

I added a couple of green into the flesh tone to make him look “deader”. :)

(https://twitter.com/nerdheroine/status/207336645383557121)

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34 Jennifer May 29, 2012 at 6:12 am

They are awesome, Brandy! Thanks so much for sharing.

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35 MaliciaFlore June 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Awesome. I have made a Game of Thrones Cake too. You can check it on my website : http://maliciaflore.com/2012/06/05/game-of-thrones-cake/. (english subtitles are available)
Hope you will like it. :-)

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36 Jennifer June 11, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Wow – that is one awesome cake! :) Thanks for sharing!

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37 S June 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Oh these are great! But how do you store them after you make them?

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38 Jennifer June 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Hello! I typically store cake pops in a ziploc bag in my pantry (it is dry and a bit cooler). They should last about a week stored properly. Hope this helps!

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39 Cinthya June 15, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Oh, my goodness!!! I am your number one fan because of this. It’s the most original thing I’ve ever seen. Is it on Pinterest because I so want to pin it. Genius idea! And I’m a die hard GOT fan.

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40 Jennifer June 15, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Aww, thanks so much, Cinthya! This is definitely one of my favorite creations. It has been pinned a couple times (this is my original pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/35958496994924683/)

Your blog is fabulous, by the way – love it!

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41 sweetsugarbelle June 17, 2012 at 1:02 am

Is it bad that I am rolling on the floor laughing! THESE ARE GREAT! In the morbid sick sort of way I enjoy! I love your brain!

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42 Jennifer June 17, 2012 at 7:50 am

I’m so glad you like them! Sometimes I think of an idea and I’ll run it by my husband and ask, “Too morbid/weird/gross?” He thought these were awesome, but has vetoed other ideas :)

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43 heather June 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Awesome!

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44 YONKS July 1, 2012 at 3:35 am

GENIUS!
I laughed so hard I peed a little bit :-(
Di
X

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45 Jennifer July 1, 2012 at 8:11 am

Haha – thanks? I’m glad you like them :)

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46 Melissa July 26, 2012 at 10:57 am

Awesome idea!! But of course he died – it’s Sean Bean. That’s what Sean Bean does. And now the space-time continuum is once again secure.

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47 Jennifer July 26, 2012 at 11:19 am

That is true – he never lasts very long!

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48 Corrinne July 31, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I made these today, and I used all white melts and ivory food dye, and the color is perfect. BUT — I had trouble with the smoothness of the candy. Do you have any tips on keeping the candy smooth on the ball?

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49 Jennifer July 31, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Hi Corrinne! What kind of food dye did you use? Was it water based? That can cause some problems with candy melts. I’ve only used oil based colors (like these: http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?sku=1913-1299). That may have been the problem! Also, when I tried to dip them twice before the first coat was completely dry, I had trouble keeping it smooth. After the initial dip, I gently twirled the skewer to get off some of the excess candy and I think that helped get a smoother finish. I struggle to get that perfectly smooth look too!

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50 Corrinne July 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm

I used Wilton Icing Colors Concentrated Paste in Ivory. I didn’t measure it precisely, but it was a butter knife tip’s worth. :) I mixed it into 28 ounces of white candy melts.

Anyhoo, it was super thick, which contributed to the gloppiness. I’m thinking keeping it over a double boiler to keep it very warm might help, or adding a bit of vegetable oil to thin it out…..have you tried either of those methods?

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51 Jennifer July 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I haven’t tried either of those myself, but I’ve heard that vegetable oil works well. I would start with a tiny bit and see if that helps! Also, and sorry I hadn’t thought of this before, sometimes the chocolate can get gloopy if it is overheated. Try melting it at a lower temperature – that may help too!

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52 Kayla October 14, 2012 at 8:57 am

These are awesome!!! I love GOT and these are perfect. I actually like the eyes the way they are. Im going try and make these for Halloween. I wondered since the skewer went all the way through the pop – if you had any issues with the pop sliding down and not staying in place? Also what did you display them on, styrofoam? Thanks!

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53 Jennifer October 14, 2012 at 9:38 am

Hi Kayla! So glad you like them :) Since the balls are chilled first, they stayed firmly in place for me! Just be careful not to dip them too many times into the melted candy melts – if the cake balls become too heavy, they may slide off of the skewer!

Yes, styrofoam works perfectly for display!

If you have any questions while you’re making them, feel free to email me at jennifer@notyourmommascookie.com – I’m happy to help!

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54 cat October 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm

I love, love, love these! Sorry for the over-enthusiasm but they are just perfect for an up-coming Halloween party, genius!

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55 Jennifer October 16, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I’m so glad you like them, Cat! I think they might be my favorite idea to date :)

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56 Anne November 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm

I was just doing a google image search for cake pop decorations, and this came up. I thought these were Jesus pops LOL

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57 Jennifer November 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Haha – oh no! Sometimes my stuff is a little off-color, but I’m not that bad :) Hope you stick around and find some more fun/weird/geeky treats!

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58 Andrea Zuvich (17th Century Lady) March 15, 2013 at 3:12 pm

These are perfect for my future 17th-century themed parties. Excellent idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

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59 Jennifer March 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Glad you like them, Andrea!

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60 Connor April 24, 2013 at 7:01 pm

If I make these on a Saturday for a party Sunday evening, should I store them in the fridge overnight?

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61 Jennifer April 27, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Hi Connor! I would store them covered at room temperature, if it is just overnight.

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62 Saskia May 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Hey I want to make these so much but I live in England, where we don’t have ‘candy melts’ – any ideas for susbtitutes? Thank you xx

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63 Jennifer May 2, 2013 at 8:03 am

Hi Saskia! Candy melts are basically colored/flavored coating (with a similar consistency to chocolate). You could use white chocolate and add oil or powder based coloring to achieve the right shade. Hope that helps!

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64 Saskia May 2, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Thank you so much! Me and my friends are having a Game of Thrones season 1 marathon soon so these will be completely perfect. What a brilliant idea :) x

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65 Mikey May 31, 2013 at 9:28 pm

I’m late to this but wanted to say great job! I’m making these for the finale next week!

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66 Jennifer June 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Awesome, Mikey! Hope you like them!

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67 Sandra July 18, 2013 at 8:18 am

Since I don’t watch Game of Thrones, I thought they were beheaded Jesus pops!! xD Haha if that were true it’d be pretty funny imo

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68 Jennifer July 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

You’re not the only one who made that connection – I promise they are Ned Stark! :)

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69 SassyLass October 5, 2013 at 11:22 am

Genius! Love these cake pops! But can I use just regular chocolate cake mix for this recipe?

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70 Jennifer October 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Sure! Any cake mix flavor should work :)

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71 Kristina October 16, 2013 at 10:04 am

Instead of using the cake ball recipe, has anyone ever tried using the “babycakes” cake ball maker? And if so, is the end result the same both by taste and the way it looks?

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72 Jennifer October 16, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Hi Kristina! I’ve never used a cake ball maker, but I believe the texture is different because cake pops made by hand are mixed with frosting to help them hold their shape, while cake pop makers actually bake the batter into a ball shape. This would change the texture and the taste, for sure!

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73 Sassylass October 20, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I would love to make these but need to know how many candy melts I would need per colour. I never made cake pops before.

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74 Jennifer October 23, 2013 at 9:09 am

Hi. It totally depends on lots of variables – size of your cake pops, thickness of coating, etc. I would estimate about 15-20 cake pops per bag of candy melts (assuming Wilton candy melts).

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75 SassyLass October 23, 2013 at 9:11 am

I went to Michaels and bought a bag for each colour in the recipe. I’ve never made cake pops before. I hope they come out decent otherwise that’s alot of $$ wasted on candy melts.

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76 Jennifer October 23, 2013 at 9:12 am

Cake pops take practice – good luck.

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