09 June 2014

Recipe: Cake Pops

Cake Pops have become very popular over the past few years and I decided to finally get stuck in the trend  a week ago as it was my Mum's birthday. You may have seen me post on my Instagram a picture of the finished cake pops, they were very tasty! Whilst baking and decorating I decided to take some pictures so I would be able to write this post and show you the steps on how to make fresh cake pops!

Please bare in mind there are numerous ways to make cake pops, you can use already baked cake instead of mix, you can use a cake pop maker instead of moulds and an oven, you can roll the balls instead of using moulds etc. There's so many possibilities but I'm just showing you how I personally made them so if you do know a different method and you'd rather use that, then do it!


Ingredients
Standard Cake Mix (My recipe here)
Icing Sugar
Cake Decorations

Extra Equipment
Cake Pop Mould
Lollipop Sticks
Cake Pop Stand

Preparation
First you'll need to preheat your oven to 180c/Gasmark 4.

Prepare your moulds, if they're silicone like mine then a good idea is to place them on a small baking tray so they stay straight and it's easier to move them in and out of the oven.

You'll also need to mix up a standard cake mix (Recipe here). I decided against including the recipe in this post as it's just a standard cake mix, remember make as much or as little depending on how many cake pops you wish to make. A mix of 24 cupcakes made nearly 40 cake pops for me!

Cake Method
After you've mixed the cake mix you'll need to spoon it into the cake pop moulds, avoiding over filling and definitely avoiding spillage. Follow this step by placing the moulds into the oven making sure the top and bottom sections of the moulds are firmly together.

The cakes should take 10-15 minutes depending on the size. To find out if the cakes are done you'll need to test them like you would any other cakes- place a sharp knife/skewer into the cake, if it comes out clean the cakes are done, if it comes out with cake mixture the cakes are not done.

Once the cake pops are done you'll need to carefully place them all on a cooling rack. This may be a little tricky as the moulds will be hot and if like me, your moulds do not have a tab then it's a good idea to leave them to cool a little and try using tongs to separate the top and bottom parts of the moulds.

Decoration Method
The decoration is obviously the main part of making cake pops as you'll be adding the lollipop sticks and icing the cakes which means the first thing you need to do is make the icing in a bowl, After the icing is ready- it should have quite a thick consistency so you're able to cover the cake pops smoothly without it dripping, You should prepare your decorations, if your using sprinkles pour them into a bowl so you can dip the cake pops in. 

Once your prepared it's time to dip the top of a lollipop stick into the icing, making sure the top cm of the stick is coated in the icing, then insert the sticks into the cake pops around half way through without going right through the cake. If you don't put the stick in far enough the cake won't stay on the stick.

Once all the sticks are in the cake pops, it's a good idea to leave them to set so the icing acts a little like glue, you can place them in the fridge to speed up the setting process. If you think the icing is set it's time to decorate. 

The first step of decoration is covering the cakes in icing so whilst holding the stick so the cake pop is upside down, turning the cake pop in the icing slowly so it ends up covered, once you feel it's covered you should keep turning the cake pop slowly so the excess drips off and is covered evenly.

After the pop is covered in icing it's time to decorate accordingly, you can dip the cake pop straight into sprinkles to prevent mess, or if you want to make it more precise you can sprinkle them onto the icing.

After all the cakes pops are decorated it's important to keep them stood up so the icing stays smooth, then place them all in the fridge to the decoration sets and your work is done!

I'd love to know if any of you have made cake pops, or are going to try. Let me know!




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