Sunday 6 July 2014

Cake Pops Anyone?

What could be better than a cake in the shape of a lolly pop? (hint: nothing!)

Whilst babysitting with little bro's I decided we could all make cake pops together. 

We went for lemon ones!

For the Cake Pops you will need: 

125g Self Raising Flour
125g Caster Sugar
125g Softened Butter
2 Medium Eggs
1 unwaxed lemon (Juice & Rind)
Lolly Sticks

If you happen have a little Captain America lying about to help you that'll also be super helpful ;)

I use a cake pop maker to make them, but I know they can also be made with the silicone moulds. I love using the maker as they are perfect every time! I'm going to put the recipe for using the Sweet Treats Cake Pop Maker as I don't want to get it wrong for anyone using a different method.
(Sorry if you think it's cheating...!) 

Now for the recipe!

1. Beat the butter and the sugar together until it's light and fluffy. I used an electric whisk for this, it saves a lot of time! 
2. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing in between until it's fully incorporated. 
3. Take the juice & rind of one lemon and mix.
4. Sift the flour into the mixture and beat until smooth.
5. Once you've plugged your maker in, wait until the green light comes on, then it's time to start making!
6. Using two teaspoons fill the bottom hole with a 'dollop' of cake mixture. (I say 'dollop' as it is trial and error to start off with, but it'll only take a few to get it) 
7. Bake for 4 minutes then use a clean teaspoon to take the cake pops out and place them on a cooling rack. Be careful how you place them on the rack, due to the heat they might lose shape a little.
8. Repeat until all the mixture has gone and you have a cooling rack full of golden balls! 

For The Toppings You Will Need:
Candy Melts (Yellow)
or Cake Covering (Brown)
or Icing Sugar (Pink)
Sprinkles! (or whatever pretty little things float your boat)

I have given three icing options as I actually had a bit of a nightmare making these cake pops, I ran out of Candy melts and had to improvise! The colour next to them correlates to the colour of the ones I've made so you can see what they're like. My personal favourite is Candy Melts. They come in a variety of colours, can be thinned by adding oil, they don't drip (unlike the icing sugar ones I tried... what a pink drippy mess that was...can't say i'll be using icing sugar/water/food colouring again, but i'm sure there are ways to make it work). 

You just pop them in the microwave so they melt and you're pretty much ready to go. Candy melts have quite a thick texture so I find it's often easier to use a spoon to cover the cake pops, rather than dipping them in as that often ends with a cake pop drowning in candy melts and an empty lolly stick in your hand! 

To make sure your lolly stick stays in, dip the end in the candy melts, then push it half way into the cake pop. This gives it something to grab on to and makes them hold a little better. 

I'd recommend having something you can prop the cake pops up in once you've decorated them. I have a cake pop covered in holes that props them up, you could use polystyrene from old packaging just so they have time to set!

Recipe Booklet - This is the booklet from the Sweet Treats Cake Pop maker. Recipes and instructions are all in here!

This cheeky one just couldn't resist! 

If you want to give cake pops as presents I'd recommend picking up these plastic bags and some cute ribbons to tie around. I'm sure you'd find them in most craft stores or here!


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