I have been fiddling with my newest toy, my cake pop maker. I am starting to get a bit creative with the insides of the cake pops. My favourite at the moment is sprinkles. They blend through the centres and leave a firework effect when you bite into them. It’s very pretty and kind of exciting if you do the insides with different sprinkles for different coloured centres. Great for a colour themed Birthday party? Bring back the garden Birthday party! I for one, loved eating doughnuts off the clothesline. Please tell me that this isn’t just an Aussie thing?
I think it is quite interesting how far people go with cake pops. I mean, how many ways can you change a piece of cake on a stick? I don’t do anything too fancy with my cake pops, and I don’t pretend to either. I coat my cake pops in melted chocolate or melted butter and cinnamon sugar. In Australia, candy melts aren’t that easy to get. I’de have to go to a specialty store or order them off of the internet and seeing as most of my baking is done at 11pm at night, this is not ideal. Last minute too. Baking doesn’t need to be planned people!
I don’t want to plug a brand or be biased, but I find that the Nestle dark chocolate melts are ideal for making cake pops. Melt them and then add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil, mix well and then spoon over your cake pop ball on the stick. This is Australian advice of course, I’m not sure what the Nestle ones in America or anywhere else are like. They vary, I know that much. If you want to make coloured cake pops with white chocolate, you have to use gel food colouring and ADD IT BEFORE YOU MELT THEM. Trust me, it works. Okay, I had to put that in capitals because it is such vital information. If you go the other way it will sieze and you will have to toddle back off to the shops….
*WARNING* Please do not dunk your cake pop on a stick into the bowl of chocolate. Please do not dunk your cake pop on a stick with chocolate on it into your sprinkles. Your cake pop will fall off and your spinkles will get chocolatey and you will have to toddle back off to the shops….
P.S. I’m giving away 2 cake pop makers soon. Shh…
Follow my lead. . .
- 60g butter, softened
- ½ cup caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1 x 59g free range egg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ cup plain flour
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons purple sprinkles +1 tablespoon for decorating
- 2 teaspoons pink sprinkles + 1 tablespoon for decorating
- 375g dark chocolate melts
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- Preheat cake pop maker until the ready light illuminates.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add the egg and whisk well to combine, approximately 30 seconds.
- Fold through the baking powder, flour, milk and sprinkles (not decorating ones) until just combined.
- Add a heaped teaspoon of mixture to each cake pop well and close the lid for 6 minutes.
- Remove using heatproof tongs and place onto a cake rack to cool.
- In a bowl, melt the chocolate melts with the instructions on the packaging and stir through the vegetable oil.
- Using a skewer, make a small hole to push the lollypop stick into. Spoon the chocolate over the cake pop until it is fully coated, gently tap the stick on the side of the bowl to remove any excess and then place in the stand to decorate. Sprinkle with decorating sprinkles and allow to dry. Continue until all are decorated.