11 February 2016

Baking | Cake Pops



So I've been having a pretty bad time at work recently, bad boss = negative vibes, not good. If you know me personally you will know that I ALWAYS try to remain positive when I can and I think I've cried or been really down about something about 5 times in the past 10 years. Not that there is anything wrong with a good old cry it's just that I don't do it often and that's how I was raised, a strong independent woman who shows no emotion and all that (if my parents went to hug me I think i'd have a heart attack). Anyway, I decided to take the beginning of this week off, giving me four days to take a break, get my ducks in a row etc and sort myself out. It was also my anniversary with Ryan (aw) but I'm going talk more about that this weekend.

So on to the actual point of today's lovely post, when feeling negative I like to turn to yoga and I have always loved baking, so when the yoga was done I got the recipe books out. I decided to make some adorable and so popular cake pops! I feel like I have finally mastered them and I wanted to share these ones with you.



In the attempt to not have this post be about 40 pages long, I'm going to start at the actual cake pop making stage, post vanilla sponge baking, so before we begin follow this recipe for a vanilla sponge cake or whatever flavour sponge cake you so desire; I actually added salted caramel flavouring to mine and then we can get cracking.

You will need:
A Large Bowl
Decorations or icing for piping

Making the Cake Pops

When your vanilla sponge has cooled (I allow at least an hour) you need to take your large bowl and begin crumbling the cake. I like to trim the edges where the cake may be a little more on the crunchy side as you want nice soft crumbs. I find that cutting my cake into quarters and simply rubbing it in my hands or rubbing two quarters of cake together is the best method. Do this until there is no large chunks of cake left just soft crumbs.



Now taking the Buttercream/Vanilla Frosting, I used a 400g tub of Betty Crocker Vanilla Frosting and took just short of three quarters of the tub and added it to the crumbled cake. You don't want to add too much and make it too moist. Then, using a silicone spatula and your hands mix it all in until you have a nice mixture that can hold a shape.

You need to begin moulding the mixture into about 1.5 inch balls and putting them aside on a tray. You don't want to make them too big because they will simply fall off the sticks!! These then need to be put in the fridge for around 2-3 hours or the freezer for about 15 minutes, you want the cake pops to be firm but not frozen! 



Then taking just a handful of Candy Melts for now (you can buy these on line or from Hobby Craft, I can't express how much better and easier these are to use as opposed to melting chocolate); you need to melt (I used the microwave) these in a small bowl. Taking your cake pop sticks and cake pops, dip each one into the melted candy melts to cover the end of the sticks and push them into the cake pops about halfway, be careful not to push them in to far! You can then put these back in to the fridge for around an hour. This creates a nice glue so that the cake pops don't fall of there sticks and become cake balls, eek. 


Grabbing a whole bag of Candy Melts, (I used white) place them in a deep bowl and pop in the microwave to melt. They don't take long to melt so you will need to keep checking that they don't burn! Once they are completely melted I like to add two or three teaspoons of vegetable oil. This makes the Candy Melt a nice consistency. If it is too thick it will simply pull the cake pops off their sticks! 

One by One you then take each cake pop and dip it into the Candy Melt, gently tapping them off the side of the bowl ensuring that it drips off evenly to leave a nice smooth finish before transferring them to the cake pop stand. 


If you are wanting to add some decorations, I used a variety of sprinkles and glitter, you need to do this straight away as the Candy Melt dries quite quickly! 


After you've decorated them however you want and left them to dry you can display them however you like! Adding ribbons the the sticks or simply putting them in a jar like I have, I think they are just adorable and could be great gifts! 


Have you ever tried making cake pops before? 

x

19 comments:

  1. OMG these look so good! Such a cute idea

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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  2. OMG these are incredible!! I definitely need them!! Also like your pyjama top ;) haha! x


    www.beckieeschle.com

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    1. They're so easy to make!! Thanks! I love it hahaa x

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  3. Aww, hope your work gets better! Love the cake pops, they're so pretty!

    RachelShuchatMakeup

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    1. Aw thankyou! Me too haha, they're so cute aren't they! x

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  4. Wow these look so good, and they're so pretty too I love the end result! They're definitely a sweet treat I'd love to try out! xo

    ohhelloitshannah.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. They are! So cute and don't leave you feeling guilty as they're only small! x

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  5. Reading your post at midnight makes me so hungry! These is such a lovely recipe - definitely going to try it out soon! :) Hope everything at work will get better.. I've been through having a really difficult time at work because of difficult people and management! :( -Virtual hug- xx

    Kayleigh | http://kayleighmakesup.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Bad time to read it! hahaa, definitely do! Aw no :( it's the worst isn't it! Fingers crossed for us both that it gets better! xx

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  6. Oh my goodness, these look absolutely mouthwatering! Also they look so professional and perfect, you definitely have a talent. I have to make these at some point, also I hope everything at work gets better for you babe. As well, congratulations on your anniversary, can't wait to read a lovely post on that.:)

    - www.veebzboo.com
    - www.youtube.com/veebzboo - Valentine’s Day Make-up Look

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    1. Aw thank you so much!! :) I hope it does too! We're off to Liverpool to drag out the celebrations! x

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  7. These look so cute! I think I might just have a go at making them! x


    Kate// katerosexo1.blogspot.com

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  8. How cute and yummy they look! They would be perfect treats for Valentine's Day. I hope all goes well with your work/boss, I know how you might be feeling! xx

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. They would be wouldn't they! Thank you! I hope it starts to get better! xx

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  9. Wow these look incredible! I've never tried baking Cake Pops before xx

    Gemma ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

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  10. Ah, yum! I totally want to make these. I will have to separate some time to do this.

    S .x http://ramblingsofayoungprgirl.blogspot.com

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