I <3 Baking! And more so I love baking for my kiddo. She loves the process and is a great little helper
She loves cakepops, and had been demanding “hello kitty” cake pops ever since, now I was too tired to make her hello kitty pops, but I had promised her we were making them on Saturday! So I ended up baking these chocolate cake pops, which were so delicious, I bet you cant stop at one, not good for your waistline- but your palette is going to bless you!
For those who dont know what cake pops are, these are a rage, and a rage justified! They are so adorable how could someone not like them? Angie Dudley of Bakerella started the rage, and that got her so famous she was on Martha Stewart! Why not, the idea was awesome- cupcakes are passe’ ! Cakepops are the new rage!
The first time I had them was at a friends birthday party, and they had gotten them from a patisserie that specializes in such exquisite goodies- duh its just cake pops! Make your own I say! Its so much fun!
Now Lets start by making your simple cake, here we made chocolate cake pops, and trust me they taste the best of all flavours. You are going to use the easiest on earth chocolate cake recipe. Honestly this recipe is so easy, my 3 year old makes it, and so, you definitely can
Cake for the Pop
Its a ONE BOWL, easy peasy recipe – also know ask Hersheys perfectly chocolate cake
I have halved the recipe and it makes a 1 8″ cake
1 cup sugar
1 cup minus 2 tbsp AP flour ( maida)
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup boiling water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
a pinch of salt
Method to make cake
Preheat the oven to 180 deg Celcius
If you have an electric beater, awesome, dont have one? Use a whisk!
In a bowl, beat the egg, add the oil.
Add the sugar
In a separate bowl, sift the dry ingredients ( flour, cocoa, baking pwd and soda, salt)
Have your electric beaters on low speed. Now add a little of the dry ingredients, followed by water and milk, add the remaining dry ingredients, in alternate successions till all of the ingredients are incorporated.
Essentially its a 1 BOWL recipe, you are just mixing up all the ingredients together. This recipe yields an unusually thin batter, dont worry, thats what makes the cake so deliciously moist! You could even use the recipe to make cupcakes!
Bake for 25 mins . Do the toothpick test
Cool the cake and unmould.
Making cake pops
Crumble the cake up.
Add a tbsp or less of chocolate frosting or vanilla frosting. If you want to make your own- good, if not, then just use store bought. I have a simple buttercream frosting recipe here on my blog
Use your hands and bind it together to make a soft dough.Now roll out balls. Once you are finished rolling out all the balls ( this recipe yields 12-14 cake pops)….
Sticking the lollipop sticks in the cake balls
take 1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate ( you could use milk chocolate). Melt in microwave. Melting chocolate in microwave, I find the easiest . Keep your MW at 75% power and run at bursts of 30 secs interval. I think 1 min is the max you would need anyway! Unless you are melting a whole lot of chocolate.
Dip the lollipop sticks ( I didnt have them so used BBQ sticks! ) , in the melted chocolate, and insert it in the chocolate balls. Put the prepared balls in the freezer for 15 mins.
Making the cake pops
In the meantime melt 1 cup of chopped dark chocolate in microwave.
Have a styrofoam platform ready to poke in your prepared cake pops to dry. I used an egg carton!
Remove the pops. nicely coat them in chocolate. Tap to remove any excess chocolate. Once all the excess chocolate is off, poke these on your cake pop stand to dry,
You could use sprinkles to decorate. I had run out of sprinkles too, so I quickly melted some white chocolate. and piped it over the cake pops.
make sure you dip your lolly sticks in melted chocolate to adhere to cake balls.
always use good quality cooking chocolate. Bad quality chocolate will sieze or taste aweful anyway! I love Puratos chocolate when it comes to cooking/baking. The best available in Indian market ( in the economy range) These bars are available for Rs 200
The worst of all chocolates is Marco, it siezes and is such a waste of time! NEVER use them, NEVER!
Morde dark and light chocolate are fine, but white chocolate is very difficult to work with! Hence Puratos it is!
Chocolate and liquids are enemies, so make sure when you are melting or tempering chocolate, you keep all your liquids FAR FAR away. It makes the chocolate to sieze.
Chocolates tend to burn easily if you dont watch them like a hawk while melting. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate are forgiving, but white chocolate is tricky to work with, so never keep it unattended!
Dont store your chocolate in the fridge, I have found its best kept at room temperature in air tight container.
PHEW! I am amazed at times how much can I type! Now I will go enjoy a cake pop, and you guys get going making them! Cya!