Wow. I let October slip away and posted nothing! Shame on me! Well it has been hectic with the new puppy and all.
But back to posting! This isn’t really bread, but I thought it was an interesting idea. I’ve been looking at this blog Bakerella, and she does some cute work. I really liked the look of her cake pops. Though surprisingly I’ve found them all over the internet now and actual stores that sell them. I guess they’re pretty popular. Well, they are tasty and cute, so of course they would be popular. This picture is from the Bakerella site. I’m too lazy to take a picture of my book..
My first attempt did not go well.
I found the recipe on this site. So I decided to try it, looked easy..
I rushed it and didn’t cool down the cake enough. Also I guessed at the amount of icing mixed into the crumbled cake, and I guessed too much!
They didn’t harden well in the freezer and turned into a gooey mess. And I couldn’t find any lollipop sticks so I cut a bunch of straws. They’re a little flimsy and slippery..not the best.
But they still tasted good!
My second attempt turned out real well!
I did buy the book though, that might have helped too.. Though hers do look much better.
I made the cake recipe from the book (you can also use cake mix, basically the same) and cooled it in the fridge. It crumbled easily when cooled.
Then I mixed in only a 1/4 amount of the icing into a 1/4 of the cake (just normal icing almost like the ready-made icing) because I just wanted to make 12 pops instead of 48. They were perfect! Stuck together really well and hardened nicely (in the freezer for 15min).
While they hardened I melted some candy wafers for the coating. Just don’t read the ingredients, the candy wafers don’t sound appetizing afterwards.. but I guess most candies are made that way.
I also melted some green candy to make the tops. I just piped it out onto parchment paper and let it sit for a while so it hardened again. That doesn’t take long, maybe 5min.
Then I found some leftover styrofoam (from some appliance) and stuck the lollipop sticks in; making pre-made holes.
When the cake balls were ready, I dipped the lollipop sticks into the candy coating, inserted it half way into the cake balls then dipped the balls in. Usually I couldn’t get all the candy coating on and used a spoon to coat the rest. Then I spun it around while tapping it on the edge of the bowl to get the excess candy off.
I finished it off with sugar pearls for the strawberry seeds and topped them off with the green candy topping. Then stuck them back into the styrofoam to harden.
They turned out awesome. But man, talk about a sugar rush. It was almost tooo sweet for me. Next time I might try dark chocolate to lessen the sweetness. The only problem is, you can’t have different colours.
I am definitely giving these out for Christmas!