I've been looking forward to this month's International Incident Party. As always, it's hosted by the lovely Penny from the Jeroxie blog. This month's theme is Cake pops. Some might say that they are the new cupcakes. They're cute, they're cool and they're fun and easy to make. I've made cake balls before but have never made pops. Bakerella is known worldwide for this little ball of sweetness. You can see her demonstrate on how to make them here.
There may be many steps to create these little cakes but it is actually quite easy to make. I wanted to make Easter Cake pops and I got my daughter to help decorate them. It's a great kitchen project for children. They can get really creative.
You don't have to freshly bake a cake just to make cake pops (though you can, of course) but you can use left over cake trimmings. Just freeze any left over cake (no icing) in the freezer. It can keep for a few months. When needed just defrost in the fridge.
I had left over devil's food cake from when I made my Christmas cake balls. Instead of using the usual cheese cream frosting, I used a can of dulce de leche. I make these from cans of condense milk. You can get recipe here. The dulce de leche makes it luscious and sweet, just the way Hubby and my children like it. You don't have to make balls, you can make any shape you like. I experimented and made little bunnies too.
To make cake pops:
Crumble the cake until until it resembles bread crumbs. Add about a third of a can of dulce de leche and mix thoroughly until the mixture is moist enough to make balls. Don't add too much dulce de leche or the mixture becomes too sticky and hard to shape.
Take a heaped tablespoon of the mixture and roll in the palm of your hands. Shape the balls into eggs and place on baking paper on a tray. Place in the refrigerator for about an hour to harden a little.
Melt chocolate in a bowl over barely simmering water until shiny and smooth. Take a lollipop stick and dip about 1cm of it into the chocolate. Insert the stick about half way into the cake pop. Let it set for a minute.
Dip the cake pop into the chocolate and cover the whole cake. Don't move it around too much as you might lose some crumbs into the chocolate or the cake might come off the stick. You can decorate straight away with sprinkles or any lollies or you can let the chocolate harden and then decorate with liquid gel pens.
|Deanna had fun decorating them|
Dry the cake pops by sticking them into styrofoam. Or you can do what I did and stuck it in a box that I made little holes in.