Tuesday 12 March 2013

Cake Pops

My sons absolutely love cake pops... And to be honest I'm quite partial to one too...but they can be very time consuming to make.... So I brought a cake pop maker for quickness...
They were tasty and I made a batch in no time...Although I like the made up ones they can be quite time consuming....So for me as a busy mum the cake pop maker came to the rescue...and it had a recipe book inside...fab.

So for all of you who don't have a cake pop maker here is the recipe....I used to use..Below

Its up to you how you make your cake pops the best bit has to be decorating and eating them...which can be great fun.

Cake Pops
180g self raising flour
150 caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp of milk

Preheat oven gas mark 4...grease a 25cm round cake tin....cream together the butter and sugar add vanilla extract then one egg at a time...mix in half of the flour until combined then the other half of the flour and then the milk.

Bake for 35-45 minutes...leave to cool

Vanilla Cheese Frosting
80g unsalted butter
40g cream cheese
200g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Cream together butter and cream cheese until fluffy then slowly incorporated icing sugar...refrigerate 30 minutes before using.

Once cake is cooled crumble cake into very fine cake crumbs...then combine the frosting a little at a time...roughly a tablespoon as you may not need all of the frosting continue to do this until you have a malleable dough...wrap in clingfilm and chill for approx an hour.

Then begin to break off small pieces and roll into a small ball...place each ball on a lined baking tray and then chill for a further 15 minutes...once this is done...melt some chocolate dip your stick into the chocolate and then insert it into a ball but not to deep though...allow to set before completely dipping.

Getting Ready To Dip In Chocolate
Before you begin dipping ensure you have prepared a pre-holed polystyrene block...
you can also use candy melts chocolate for cake pops...but you may need to add 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil to get a silky Constancy....

I prefer the old way of melting chocolate.... a bowl over a boiling pan of water......rather the a microwave...but the choice is yours....Melt a large bar of chocolate/or candy melts then gently dip in your cake pop...gently tap the cake pop..or the hand holding the pop to remove excess chocolate whilst slowly rotating to ensure the cake pop if fully covered ....add sprinkles if desired .. then stand into the polystyrene block to dry.....Once dry you may want to decorate with icing pens and cake toppers.