I have to admit, when Penny challenged us to make Cake Pops for this month’s International Incident Party, I had never actually eaten a cake pop, let alone made one.
In fact, I was so clueless that I thought they were just little round balls of cake on sticks. And I wondered how you got the cakes to be little shapes like that and then how you iced them.
I headed over to Bakerella, the queen of the cake pops to discover that in fact, they are composed of crumbled up cake mixed with frosting (icing) and then dipped in chocolate. Really? I will say that the idea is actually a little gross – sounds like a LOT of sugar! I was also concerned that I would not be able to make perfect little spheres. I envisaged a lot of mess (well, more than usual!).
Then I saw a picture on Foodgawker of perfect little cake pops, even made in the shape of cupcakes. Neat looking little things. Heading over to the post, I found our that these had been made using a My Little Cupcake CakePop mold that you can buy here. For $5.95 I couldn’t resist. And am glad I didn’t!
1. There are so many tutorials online that you hardly need my 20 process pictures to add to it all. (see Bakerella’s video tutorial for starters)
2. I just got a new camera (last night!) and haven’t had a chance to learn all the ropes yet and when I was making these, the battery was charging. (Thanks mum, dad and Neil for the early birthday pressie!). And yes, I am still figuring out the white balance settings, before you ask 😉
I will tell you that I used a packet cake mix (gasp!) because we had one in the pantry for emergencies. Since I wasn’t sure how they would turn out, I didn’t want to go to the trouble of making a whole cake from scratch.
After each step (mixing the cake and frosting, rolling the mixture into balls, pressing out the shapes with the mold, dipping the bottom part in the chocolate) I refrigerated the pops to make them easier to handle.
These were actually incredibly easy to make.
The hardest part was photographing them. Today was windy and rainy and my “studio” (aka my front porch) was totally rained out. I thought I would catch a break but didn’t bank on the pops being so uncooperative (you really need some styrofoam to sit them in – I had them in dried beans and styrofoam and it was still a challenge). The wind whipped up around the Easter grass (I stupidly bought plastic Easter grass) and meanwhile, inside, Cleo managed to find the couple of strands I hadn’t managed to clean up (it goes everywhere!) and eat it. Only to bring it straight back up. Naughty!
These babies are currently on their way to Neil’s curling finals and we hope he has more luck with that than I did with my photo session. Me? I just didn’t want to see the pops again LOL!
Edited to add: I made 12 of these and only 10 made it all the way to the end. One fell apart when I dipped it in the chocolate and the other, well, I had to taste test it – I was pleasantly surprised – it was fudgey and truffley and not *too* sweet. I do feel these were on the big side though – I couldn’t eat the whole one in one go…
And now here’s the fun part! A giveaway open to anyone, anywhere in the world!
As I am paying the postage this giveaway is open to anyone.
How to enter?
No requirements. Anyone who leaves a comment here on this post will be eligible to win. I will draw the winner’s name through Random.org on Monday April 18th at 6pm EST and announce the winner in the following day’s post.
My way of saying “thanks” for reading and commenting
UPDATE: The contest is now closed and a winner has been chosen, to be announced tomorrow, Tuesday April 19th. Thanks for entering!
** Don’t forget to check out next month’s “Forever Nigella” event – I’m hosting a street party in honour of the Royal Wedding and would love for you to join me. All the details here.
Check out what everyone else bought to the party by clicking on the links below: