I’ve had this post planned for a while however I’ve been unsure how to write it since cake pops can be made in so many different ways. Cake Pops are one of the latest crazes – they’re so simple to make, really fun (although time consuming!) to decorate and are very very easy to eat! To make my cake pops, I decided to invest in a snazzy machine however you can use silicone moulds or simply bake a sponge and roll the cake pop balls yourself. All of which produce yummy pops!
Cake Pop Maker, £20, Next at Home
On my first attempt I tried the recommended recipe that came with the pop maker however I thought it tasted more like a pancake mix so instead I decided to follow just a Victoria Sponge recipe.
– 6 oz Softened Unsalted Butter
– 6 oz Caster Sugar
– 6 oz Self-Raising Flour, Sifted
– 3 Eggs
– Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
– Plain Chocolate
– White Chocolate
– Your Choice of Decoration (Sprinkle Stands, Hundreds & Thousands, Icing Shapes….)
**This recipe can be used for either method whether you’re using a machine, silicone mould, or just baking a cake**
1. In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until a smooth paste forms which is pale in colour.
2. Gradually sift in the self-raising flour, adding an egg each time.
3. Add in the vanilla essence and give a final stir.
4. Equally divide the mixture between the moulds and if using a cake maker bake for around 5 minutes or as instructed in the manual. Otherwise bake for around 20 minutes in the oven – gas mark 4. 5. Once your cake balls are ready, place each of them on a stick and then it’s time for the fun part – decorating! Melt the chocolate either over a simmering saucepan or in the microwave and decorate in anyway you fancy! I’ve learnt that it’s best not to double dip the cakes in chocolate since they can become quite heavy and so become messy.
I’d recommend that you find somewhere to place the cake pops up right once decorated so that the chocolate doesn’t run down the stick. As you can see I’ve made a make shift holder for my cake pops from a wire rack and a bowl!