I’m so behind on my posting and I apologise profusely. I’m also behind on looking at all of your beautiful blogs which makes me sad I have a really good excuse though. . . His name is Archie and he’s my new crush. Archie and Flatpac are getting along quite well (all things considered). Archie likes to hump Flatpac a lot which is not ideal for Flatpac, especially on the face. The good news is, this should slow down in the next few weeks as he was desexed a few days ago.
Back to the food! Because I’m going to bore you guys so bad once I get my Flatpac and Archie tab going. How cute are these little bouquets? I made them as part of the bake sale and they were the first things to go. I actually had to put extras together from the single cake pops. I made them all chocolate because really, who doesn’t like chocolate? Of course, you can use candy melts, other types of chocolate melts or just butter and cinnamon sugar. I needed the chocolate to make a really good seal on the little flowers so they looked like actual bouquets
Make sure your cake pops are completely cooled before you put them on sticks. I buy my sticks in packs of 100 for about $7.00 online. Just google ‘cake pop sticks’ or ‘lolly pop sticks’. I then pierce the surface of the cake pop with a skewer, very gently though so you don’t damage the shape. They outside can become quite crunchy so this is important!
Place them into the stands so they are ready to go.
So my biggest trick that I have to share with you is the oil in the chocolate thing that I do. It keeps your chocolate runny enough to spread evenly over the cake pop and then when it sets, it stays glossy and pretty
Never dunk your cake pops into the bowl of chocolate, always scoop the chocolate over using a dessert spoon. It is a really quick way to ruin your chocolate and loose the cake pop ball. Gently tap the cake pop stick on the side of the bowl. When I say gently, I mean that you can determine this by what stage your cake pops are falling or slipping off the stick. You will get the hang of it after a few cake pops
Sprinkle or top with whatever you like. I just put the flowers on to look more like a Valentines Day bouquet. I use sprinkles, other melted chocolates and sugar paste creations. You may remember the sprinkle cake pops here.
I completely forgot to tell you all how much money I raised for Porsche’s Rescue as well! $750.00 to be exact. I was very excited and grateful for everyone that purchased from my bake sale People have such big hearts when there is cake involved! I can only imagine that it will buy a lot of veggies for animals in need. I would love to do what Porsche does but until I can, I will support. Do you guys have a favourite charity?
The banana on the head trick didn’t go as planned as neither bunny seems interested in banana… for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of bonding rabbits, it is meant to help them show affection in the form of licks or kisses.
Follow my lead. . .
Makes 3 bouquets and a few extras
- 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
- 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 and milk 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. Place a sugar paste flower on top and allow to dry. Continue until all are decorated.
- Place into cellophane bags and seal. Grab a handful of 7 cakepops and wrap a bow around the sticks.
- Sell for charity or. . . chew.