Monday, 23 June 2014

Cake Pops Recipe

Cake Pops Recipe!!
So guys I'm back with another blog post (sorry its a bit late I know a lot of you have been eagerly waiting) but this post is slightly different, in fact it's a much requested post, my recipe to make SIMPLE, EASY & CHEAP cake pops that you can customise as you please. One  fun thing about this recipe is that anyone can make them because they require very little skill but they do require a lot of patience. Oooh I just forgot the votes for the names have been counted and verified (BGT and X factor style) and the name that has been chosen is *drumroll................* JEMPLES!!
 So Jemples (Eeep it's the first time I've called you all Jemples!!) if you want to know how I made these delicious looking (and tasty) cake pops then stay tuned. Oh before we start I'm going to throw a little disclaimer out there, if it's your first time making these (the same as me) then you're going to need a lot of patience and even after that patience, if things don't necessarily go to plan (the cake pops may not be circle all the time) then don't worry just try, try and try again and if all else fails then cover up your mistakes with the decoration! (I covered mine up with the chocolate!) So as you probably gathered this post is a mixture of recipes and my first time experience with Cake Pops, Enjoy!!
Oooh if you try out this recipe then leave a comment and an image below so I can see how you got on! And also tell me whether you like these kinds of recipes and what you want me to do next.
SERVES 18 (approximately, depends on the size of your hands!!)
To make it easier for you all I'm going to link where to buy each ingredient from, just click on the pictures. Don't worry you'll only need a few ingredients that are quite cheap to buy:
  • 2 Sponge cakes- I used Tesco's Raspberry Sponge cakes priced at 58p each ( BTW I gotta admit I cheated a bit you are supposed to bake the cakes yourself, but like I said this recipe is Simple and Easy so a little bit of cheating won't change the taste I promise)

  • Betty Crocker vanilla frosting- again bought from Tesco priced at £2.25 (you'll only need 2 tablespoons so there's plenty left for later)
  • Milk Chocolate or White Chocolate- depending on your taste (150g) x 2 bars- Priced at just 30p each! Wohooo! Tesco you are so cheap and wonderful (especially your Clubcard Points)
  • Chocolate Sprinkles for decoration- I used Cake Angels Chocoholic's Delight sprinkles (only because they were on offer in Tesco, so defo hurry and get some while they're still cheap!)

METHOD- 10 Easy Steps! (Phew finally got there!) 

  1. Crumble the sponge cakes into a medium sized bowl (preferably by hand instead of your feet!) until the crumbs are quite fine.
  2. Mix in 2 tablespoons of Vanilla frosting (this can also be altered because remember this makes the cake pops sweet, if you like them less sweet then add less and if you like them more sweet then add more) and make a playdough like substance (only it's food you can eat it!). Make sure all the ingredients are bound together.
  3. Cover a small baking try with cling film (so the dough doesn't stick to the tray).
  4. Using an ice-cream scooper (or your hands) make even sized dollops of the dough and dollop onto the baking try. A little something like this:

  5. Place this tray into the fridge for 30 minutes.

  6. Whilst you are waiting it's probably best that you pre-melt the chocolate (at least 10 minutes before) so that the chocolate isn't as hot. I melted mine after taking the pops out of the fridge and because the chocolate was so hot I often found that the dough would go sticky, like in the image above. I used milk chocolate but you can use white if you wish:

  7. The dough should know be more firm and less sticky. Using your hands (or any other method you can think of) roll the dough into even balls, they should be pretty even in sized because of Step 4 and should look quite similar to this:

  8. Now that the balls are made start to the dip them into the chocolate. the best way to do this is to coat the chocolate onto the balls using a spoon or your hands because by rolling the balls into the chocolate the shape is sometimes ruined (this happened to me!)

  9. Now is also the best time to sprinkle any decorations on the top because it may be difficult to stick the sprinkles on later.

  10. Place in the fridge for another 30 minutes and after this stick any sticks you find lying around the house, that are clean (toothpicks, chopsticks, straws anything!). You can also pipe on any other decorations and your cake pops are now ready to enjoy! They can be stored in the fridge and BTW adding the sticks is completely optional (especially if it's not for a special occasion!)

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