Christmas Cake Pops

Hello all!! I thought it would be a good idea for my first post to be a recipe that everyone could try, plus I’ve been dying to try these cake pops out for the LONGEST time.

For those not in the know (and where have u been?!) cake pops are little balls of cake & frosting dipped in a chocolate candy coating yum yum yum. They were made famous by a lady called Bakerella.

The recipe and method I’ve used below has been adapted from Bakerella’s website. Unlike Bakerella, I decided to make my cake and buttercream frosting from scratch (yay, go me) and I also use a lot less cake/frosting than she recommends. I made chocolate cake & vanilla buttercream but you can use any flavour combination you like.

To make these yourself you’ll need the following:

INGREDIENTS (makes approx 30 cake pops)

  • 9 inch round chocolate cake
  • 2oz – 3oz buttercream frosting
  • Candy melts (14oz)
  • Large bowl
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking tray
  • Styrofoam block
  • You’ll also need a spare shelf in your fridge and your freezer.

Cover your baking tray with parchment paper (attach with sellotape if necessary).

Once your cake has cooled break into fine crumbs in a bowl using a fork (or your hands if that’s your thing). Add the buttercream frosting  one ounce at a time and mix into the cake crumbs thoroughly. Bakerella suggests using 16oz of buttercream :o, which is wayyyy too much frosting in my opinion, even for a larger cake.

Best to add the frosting a little at a time, otherwise you can end up with quite a mess (see below).

Lesson learned, I binned the first attempt and baked a second cake. Let it cool and mixed in the buttercream frosting. Below is an example of what your cake and frosting mix should look like.

You should be able to roll the crumbs into balls quite easily, after first smushing (technical term) the crumbs together. Roll 1 inch balls until all the crumbs are used up and place the balls on your parchment covered baking tray.

Put said baking tray into fridge to chill the cake balls for at least  30 minutes, longer if you’ve got the time to spare.

Once the 30 minutes are up, melt Candy Melts as per the instructions on the packaging. The melted chocolate should be the consistency of warm runny honey. If it’s too thick, add a little vegetable oil to thin it out.

Take the cake balls out of the fridge. Dip the end of your lollipop stick into the melted chocolate so it covers about half an inch of the stick, then insert said stick just under half way into the cake ball. Repeat for the remainder of your cake balls.

Place the baking tray in the freezer for 45mins – 1 hour. Really important at this point to be patient and leave them in there for at least the full 45mins, any shorter and your cake balls will fall apart in your melted chocolate.

Remove the cake balls from the freezer and let them stand for about 5-10mins before you’re ready to start dipping them in your (re)melted chocolate.

The technique for dipping the cake pops is to dip the ball in the Candy Melts and rock the stick from left to right (don’t swirl/stir) to ensure the entire ball is covered.

Gently tap the lollipop stick on the edge of your bowl to shake of the excess chocolate, then place in your styrofoam block to dry. Repeat process for remaining balls.

You may find that some of your cake pops have cracks. This is usually because the chocolate was too warm & the cake balls to cold. No worries, allow the first layer to dry and re-dip the balls. I found that I actually preferred two coatings anyway!

If you want to decorate the balls with sprinkles as I did then pour them over the cake pops before the chocolate dries. Too add edible glitter; wait until the cake pops have dried completely and then use a dry brush to dust the glitter on.

Leave to the cake pops to dry for a few hours, overnight is better if possible.

Now, as these were for my colleagues, I decided to make them up in a gift box. I even shredded my own tissue paper. Word of advice…. it’s not as easy to shred tissue paper as you may think…

Next time I’ll just buy pre-shredded paper!

So here’s the finished product guys! Let me know what you  think and how it goes if you decide to try them out for yourself! New Years Eve is just around the corner and they would make the perfect party favour 😉

   

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