Basic Cake Pops

Monday, 27 January 2014


I'm coming up to my 2 year blogversary soon but recently I've found blogging such hard work. I seem to have had no motivation to write {or bake for that matter} and even read the blogs I usually love. I think I may have burnt myself out before Christmas, with an incredible amount of baking and quite a bit of blogging.

I never thought about giving up completely as I still want this space to record my recipes at the very least. However I am considering changing the name to something more fitting. The blog has evolved over the last 2 years into something completely different to how it started out. My Darlings and Me doesn't seem right anymore for a blog about baking and beauty. But that's something for me to think about as it's a biggie.

Thankfully I think my blogging mojo has returned and the creative juices are now flowing again! I'm going to be posting 3 times per week... one recipe post, one beauty post and one life post like 'five things', 'this week' or 'Monday motivation'. I think that'll do nicely.

Anyway back to baking! When I made the wrestling cake for Oliver's birthday, I had to cut quite a bit off to level the cakes and make them square. We could have just eaten the off-cuts but that's boring! So to make it a bit more exciting, I made cake pops. I've made them a few times before and they always disappear in a flash!


Basic Cake Pops

Cake, any type, whatever you have to spare
Frosting e.g. buttercream or ganache
Chocolate for melting, white or milk
Sprinkles or coloured icing

{I haven't given any quantities in the recipe as it depends on how much cake you have to spare}

Crumble the cake so that you have fine cake crumbs. Cake that's a day old is easier to crumble than freshly baked cake that is still quite moist.

Add the frosting and mix with your hands. Add it very sparingly as too much will make the mixture too mushy. Add about a tablespoon at a time and combine it with the cake crumbs until you can form a ball shape with your hands. The cake balls should be still very much cakey.

Place the balls on a baking tray lined with baking paper or parchment, pop in the fridge for about an hour until they have firmed up.

Melt a few squares of the chocolate in the microwave on half power in 30 second bursts. Take a lollipop stick and dip one end about 2cm deep into the melted chocolate. Immediately insert the stick into the top centre of each cake ball about halfway through. Don’t insert it too deep or too shallow. Place on a tray lined with baking paper and pop in the fridge to set.

Break up the rest of the chocolate, place in a bowl and melt over a pan of simmering water or melt in the microwave on half power in 30 second bursts.

Dip the cake pops in the melted chocolate and place in a polystyrene block or even an upturned colander. If using sprinkles, sprinkle them on now before the chocolate sets.

Pop back in the fridge for about half an hour until the chocolate has set. If using icing, drizzle lines or swirls over the cake pops.


Enjoy!


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2 comments:

  1. Really pretty cake pops. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

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  2. This sounds much easier than trying to get them to bake into spheres! Thanks so much for joining in with #recipeoftheweek. I've pinned and tweeted this post and there's a fresh linky live now. I hope you'll pop over and join in again this week, if you haven't already!

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