Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Cake Pops

Everyone Loves Cake Pops

These delicious miniature cakes on sticks are a great hit with kids and adults a like. They are very easy to make, but can be time consuming!

We start by baking a cake, so any type of sponge cake will do, be it plain sponge, carrot cake, red velvet, chocolate, lemon or whatever you fancy.

Once the cake is cooked and cooled we crumb it, so you break down the cake into smaller and smaller pieces until you end up with cake crumb. We then add a little buttercream to bind the cake crumb together, which gives you a kind of truffle paste mixture, this shouldn't be too wet, because you need to form it into shapes.

The most basic way of forming is to roll the mixture by hand into a ball, it should keep it's shape! You can also use a cake pop scoop.  Place the balls of mixture onto a greasproof lined tray. The balls should be about 1" to 1and a 1/2" round - any bigger and they tend to fall of the sticks and be difficult to coat.

******The important bit.
We coat the Cake pops with Candy Melts - However if you just put your lollipop sticks into the mixture, when you come to dip them the balls will just fall off the end of the sticks! (We normally use 4.5" or 6" sticks) To prevent this happening, melt a little candy melt in a dish (either by microwaving or on a bain marie (pan of water with a dry oven proof bowl on top)). Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the candy melt, push into the ball of mixture, repeat for each ball. Now we refrigerate these for an hour or more if you can. This means that the balls will set firmly on the sticks and make it easier to dip. *********
Once you are ready to dip the cake pops. Remove them from the fridge and allow them 15 minutes to warm up slightly, now melt your candy melt, and begin dipping making sure that you have completely covered the ball of mixture up the lollipop stick with no gaps. Stand in something solid to allow to dry (e.g. and polystyrene cake dummy or separator, or a cake pops stand) - candy melts dry quickly and so should be decorated straight away - one by one, so have your chosen decorations ready to stick on, or to dip into - as in our photo. If you dip them all and then decorate nothing will stick to the candy melt, and you'll have to stick on with edible glue / royal icing etc. 

Once dry you can store the cake pops out of the fridge and they should last a couple of days. Better still they can be put into little bags for gifts, or covered in a small bag individually. 

Enjoy making your own cake pops!

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