Wednesday, May 2, 2012
I've seen these little cute sweet treats on several blogs, notably Bakerella. After making D's robot birthday cake, I had quite a bit of leftover chocolate cake 'trimmings' to use up somehow....here was the perfect solution.
I made up some chocolate icing/frosting using butter, icing sugar, vanilla extract and a dash of milk. The cake bits were crumbled up in a large bowl (approx. 3 cups worth), then I added some of the icing to make it sticky. The mixture was rolled into small balls and these were laid on a baking-paper lined tray. At this point along came my little helper, to put the lolly sticks in, first dipping them into some melted chocolate:
The unfinished cake pops then went into the freezer for about 20 mins to firm up.
I melted more chocolate, about 400g in total, to dip the pops in, twirled each one around to loose any excess and then working quickly sprinkled on a little chocolate 'hail'. I used some polystyrene to stand the pops in to set thoroughly and then put them in the fridge.
Outcome: these were VERY sweet with all the icing and extra chocolate etc. Next time I will make them a little smaller, and try using less icing in the mix. It was hard to use any less chocolate to coat them, since they set quickly and there's not a lot of time to muck around! It would be interesting to experiment with different types of cake to find a less sweet option.
However, all in all they were fun to make, look great and make a nice wee treat. Not something I would be making again soon though, since I am not planning to make that many more themed cakes this year..maybe just one for hubby!