Baking: Cake Pops

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After a week of deadlines, the start of some rather scary modules, and horribly wet and windy weather, a night out was less than appealing. This led to me and a housemate (she blogs over at Life of Libby and took the fabulous pictures on this post, if you’re interested!) spending a Friday night in making cake pops. Actually we didn’t make the cake pops that night. We kinda underestimated the time and sheer effort they take, although the cake element did get made! The cake part is a recipe I’m working on that you should be able to read in less than a fortnight once it gets a Valentine’s makeover, so today I’m just going to talk about Cake Pops.

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Cake Pops are an American thing, and haven’t been overly popular here in the UK. I reckon that’s because they’re not really a commercially baked good, they really wouldn’t be great at anything but their freshest. They are baked a good cake, crushed into crumbs (gotta admit doing that hurt a little, especially as the cakes looked pretty much perfect!), mixed with cream cheese, left to harden, and then dipped in melted chocolate and decorated. To be honest if I was ready this I’d have stopped by now. My reaction is pretty much “why on earth would you take good cake, break it up, and mix it with cheese?!” But I have to admit these do make a good and calorific change to plain old cake, they’d be fantastic to make with kids and, if you are better at decorating than us, they’d be a pretty impressive bake.

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So, to make cake pops;

  • Make a cake. We went for a rich chocolate sponge (recipe coming soon).
  • Blitz the cake in a food processor until it’s all crumbs.
  • Beat some cream cheese until a little lighter than it normally is.
  • Add the crumbs to the cream cheese, We used 1 sandwich tin worth of cake (freezing the crumbs of the other) to one tub.
  • Mix really, really well. You don’t want any cheesy lumps!
  • Shape into balls and push a stick halfway through.
  • Refrigerate for a few hours. We didn’t do this, and found it was a really important step. If you don’t, you will make a mess and lose many cake pops as they turn into mush.
  • Melt some chocolate. We went for a mixture of white, milk and orange chocolates.
  • Dip the cake pops into the chocolate. There’s an art to this, and unfortunately its not one we possess.
  • Decorate as you see fit, we took the easy options of chocolate shavings to hide our dreadful dipping!

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And that’s it, a quick guide on how to make cake pops! They do taste nice, I did enjoy them, but they were a lot of effort and at the end of the day I’d rather have a slice of cake. And save a couple of hours, and plenty of washing up…

Have you ever made cake pops?