DIY: Pug Cake Pops

Pug Cake PopsHere are the goodies you’ll need to make 16 Pug Pops:
4 cups crumbled chocolate cake
1/3 cup buttercream frosting
2 tablespoons peanut butter
White candy wafers
Chocolate candy wafers, reserve 16 wafers for decorating
Medium heatproof bowl, plus two smaller heatproof bowls
Wax paper
Baking sheet
16 lollipop sticks
Cake pop stand
8 Tootsie Rolls
16 black sunflower seeds
32 sugar eyes with black edible ink pen
Pastel confetti sprinkles
Candy Bones
Toothpicks

 Here’s a link to the full instructions for making basic cake pops if you need more help.Cake Balls

  • Stir peanut butter and buttercream until mixed together and then incorporate into chocolate cake crumbs until completely combined.
  • Roll the mixture into 16 balls and place on a wax paper covered baking sheet. Let the rolled cake balls rest for about 30 minutes and then place in the freezer for about 15 minutes to firm up. When firm, transfer them to the fridge to remain chilled (not frozen) for dipping.

Dipping Pops

  • Melt chocolate wafers with vanilla wafers. Start with vanilla and add a few chocolate wafers at a time until you achieve a lighter shade of brown. (Note: You can use peanut butter candy wafers instead of mixing chocolate and vanilla.)
  • When ready to dip, remove a cake ball from the fridge. Dip the end of a lollipop stick in the melted candy wafers and then into the cake ball and dip.
  • Make sure the cake ball is completely coated and tap off any excess.
  • Before the coating sets, place a chocolate candy wafer on the front – towards the bottom half of the pop. Hold in place until the coating dries and place in a cake pop stand until you’re ready to decorate.

DecorationsWe’re using Tootsie Rolls for ears, confetti sprinkles for tongues, sunflower seeds for noses and sugar eyes for the eyes. But you already guessed that one.

Pug Faces

  • With the candy wafer already in position on the pop, dip a toothpick in melted chocolate and swirl two large dots on the front of the pop in position for eyes. Then gently press the sugar eyes right on top so that the chocolate surrounds the eyes.
  • Dot on coating in position for the nose and tongue and then attach a sunflower seed and pink confetti sprinkle and let dry.

Decorating PugsThen finish the mouth. Use a toothpick dipped in melted chocolate candy wafers to apply coating on top of the already attached wafer … under the sunflower seed nose and down around the sides of the tongue. Make sure to overlap the confetti sprinkle so it looks like a sweet little tongue is sticking out.

Tootsie RollsNow for the ears. Cut a tootsie roll candy in four equal parts and hand shape into rounded triangles for ears. Note: microwave the candy for 3-4 seconds to make it easier to shape. Don’t overheat.

Pug Cake Pop

  • Use more melted chocolate to attach the ears and add finishing details to the mouth.
  • Draw big black pupils on the eyes with the edible ink pen. Feel free to stop here, but if you want to add a few more details, then keep going with me.

Pug Pops

  • Draw on eyebrows with a toothpick dipped in the melted lighter brown candy coating. Then dot tiny dark chocolate freckles on each cheek.
  • And most important, add a little sparkle to the eyes by dotting on melted white candy wafers.

Adorable!

But let’s dress these doggies up a bit more…

Candy Bones… with candy bones because they make the super cutest bow ties.

Pug Cake Pops

Enjoy!

(Via: Bakerella)

Inspiring Chinese Woman Travels 1,500 Miles to Rescue 100 Dogs from a Dog-Meat Festival

Xiaoyun Yang, a retired teacher in China, has emerged as a hero to dog lovers everywhere after she traveled more than 1,500 miles and spent over $1,100 in order to save 100 dogs from being slaughtered and eaten during the controversial dog-meat festival in the southern city of Yulin.The annual festival, during which as many as 10,000 dogs are killed in order to celebrate the summer solstice, has attracted fierce opposition from the international community, celebrities, and local activists in China. While meat consumption may differ from country to country depending on cultural practices, activists are largely taking issue with how the dogs are procured, treated, and slaughtered. Many dogs killed for meat are family pets stolen from homes, or are strays captured on the street. They are often crammed tightly in cages, increasing the risk of spreading diseases. Finally, many of the slaughtering methods—such as being boiled alive or beaten to death—are considered to be unnecessarily cruel and inhumane.

Yang is one of many Chinese activists who crossed long distances in order to save as many dogs as possible from certain death in Yulin. The 65-year-old has a long history of rescuing animals, stemming from a pivotal day in 1995 when she jumped into a river to save a drowning kitten who had been tossed into the water by its owners. Since then, Yang has taken in countless animals to her animal shelter called “Common Home.” The shelter, located in the Dongli District of Tianjin, houses more than 200 cats and 1,500 dogs, many of whom need medical attention. With the help of a few volunteers, Yang works from 5AM to 10PM each day in order to care for the animals. Although she has limited resources, the selfless animal lover has never failed to feed her furry friends steamed corn bread—all she can afford—twice a day, plus special treats on the weekend.

Despite the difficult work involved in rescuing and caring for so many lives, Yang has never given up. On the contrary, the activist even has plans to expand her outreach by establishing an animal shelter and a vegetarian restaurant in Yulin in the future.

According to FACLC, you can donate to Yang here:

Direct Bank Wire Transfer to Ms. Yang’s Bank
Name: Commercial Bank of China (中国工商银行)
Bank Account City: Tianjin (开户城市-天津)
Bank Account No.: 0302845001009282956
Account Name: Ai Yun YANG (杨爱云)
Xiaoyun Yang’s Cell Phone: 13164073263

(Via: My Modern Met)

Hyla Frank’s Custom Dog Sketch Pillows

0Back in February, LA-based textile artist Hyla Frank was trying to help a friend feel better about moving to a new apartment without her dogs. So she pulled out some of her favorite Belgian linen and got to work: hand- and machine-stitching the likenesses of the pal’s pooches, Leon and Stanley. “I created these pillows with the idea that she needed something to remind her of her dogs on a daily basis and be cuddle-able at the same time,”

Frank’s motto—“Sleep Solves Everything”—may give some clues into why she has been spending most of her time focused on making pillows, duvets and shams. When taking on a new pet pillow creation, Frank makes a few preliminary sketches from photographs—which she studies carefully. “It always helps when I get multiple photos of a dog since they can look different from so many different angles,” she says. “I like to make sure I capture unique spots or shapes. I love dogs that always have their tongues out. Those are my favorites.”

00From her many illustrations, Frank traces the best one onto fabric and then hand-embroiders the outline, eyes and a few key features with thick thread. Next, with her heavy duty Singer 4452 sewing machine, she sews the fur, smaller details and the pet’s name. The result is an uncanny likenesses to the pet blended with a charming artist’s impression. On leaving the thread trailing off the pet’s name, Frank says, “I love the crazy shapes and swirls they make in the blank space—they are ever-changing doodles within the image I’m making.”

000Frank doesn’t just create pillows boasting dogs’ faces, her creations have featured cats, horses and pigs. “I recently got asked to do a rabbit, so we’ll see how that goes.”

Hyla Frank’s Custom Dog Sketch Pillows are available at Ready-To-Wag from $290 to $380.

(Via: Cool Hunting)