Things I forgot to blog #4- Cake Pops

Posted: January 21, 2012 in From My Kitchen, Uncategorized
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Just a warning, this is going to be quite a pic-heavy post. I apologise for the quality of some, as a few are from my phone.

I first came across cake pops on Facebook, when I started seeing photos of them popping up all over the place. They intrigued me. I wanted to know more. I wanted to try one. I wanted to make them. So I made them.

Ok, so first I actually had to do some research, so I turned to Google, and looked them up. I found LOTS of info/tutorials/videos etc, but my fave ones were from Bakerella. I wasn’t going to make anything as fancy as some of hers, but it was a great introduction, and opened my eyes to SO many possibilities. I decided to go ahead and try my hand at this Cake Pop making thing.

I asked around on Facebook and got a lead for a supplies shop called Cakes Around Town, and purchased sticks, candy melts, and sugar crystal things to decorate. I decided a birthday dinner for hubby and his mate would be the perfect event to make them for, as there would be many guinea pigs..errrm, willing taste testers?…to give them a try.

So, first I baked my cakes- choc mud, and caramel mud. I used a packet mix for the chocolate, but made the caramele from scratched by using brown sugar in this white chocolate mud recipe  (which is A.Ma.Zing! btw) from Exclusively Food.

After the cakes were backed, I let them cool a bit, then crumbled them up

I mixed the crumbled up cake with gnache (the one from the packet for the chocolate, and I made a caramel one…cant remember the recipe though, my bad….it had cream, white choc, and brown sugar I think?) until I had a dough-like ball.

I made small, firm balls with this “dough” placed them on a lined tray, then into the freezer to firm up. I left them in there for about 25-30minutes. You want them firm, but not rock solid.

Once firm enough to pierce with a stick, I melted my candy melts in the microwave for about a minute and gve them a good stir to make sure there were no lumps.

I dipped the tip of each stick, one at a time, into the candy melts, and pushed them gently into the balls, being careful to only go about 2/3 of the way in.

Once all of them were done, I began to coat them, gently rotating them to get the excess off, then sprinkled them with my coloured sugar thingies, before placing them in my ever so professional (lol) cake pop stand to dry (Oh, you need a stand. I used upturned shoe boxes, but florist foam would have been better- my stand was a tad unstable).

Of course, there were some casualties along the way, and quality control wasa bit of a must 😉

Once I had finished both batches, and they were all dry, I got them all prettied up to take out for the birthdays boys. I found some pretty buckets at a discount store, put some weight in the bottom (I used bags of lentils lol), and a foam ball in each. I stabbed the cake pops into the foam balls, and added some cellophane and ribbon to finish the off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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