Recipe For Cake Pops

I am always up for a challenge, especially one issued by Yuppiechef, the company responsible for most of the bling in my kitchen. Before you can make cake pops, you have to bake a sponge cake (or buy one if you are lazy) but as a sponge cake is so easy to make I would suggest you bake your own.

Baking A Sponge Cake For Cake Pops
Baking A Sponge Cake

The next stage is to make a buttercream. And this was a real challenge for me! Buttercream is an integral part of making cake pops, and sugar free versions are not easy. I used Canderel Yellow to make my buttercream which made it very sweet indeed. You then have to crumble up your sponge cake and mix in the buttercream. And once you have done that, roll them into little balls, push a stick in and then get them ready for the freezer. I used a simple block of florists foam covered in tin foil to hold my cake pops stable.

Making the cake pops
Making the cake pops

The cake pops need to be frozen so that when you dip them into the chocolate they do not break apart. As these cake pops were very sweet I decided to use a bar of Willie’s cacao to coat them in. I reckon that kids would have a lot of fun with the decorating stage. The cake pops get covered in chocolate and while the chocolate is still warm, the decorations get added. I made some flower ones, as I love pretty flowers. And of course there had to be bling ones. My edible diamonds are not shiny at all, but the glitter certainly is.

Decorating station for Cake Pops
Decorating station

I can totally see why bakeries would make cake pops. They are a perfect use for the bits and pieces they cut off cakes to make specialty cakes for clients. I always wondered what they did with the wastage, and this is certainly the most successful use of the crumbs anyone could imagine. I have no clue how much these would cost in a bakery or shop, but a friend has offered me the opportunity to make these for her coffee shop – however, I personally think they are a lot of hard work! Not that I am worried about that, as the profit margins are HUGE even if you don’t use left overs. They are however very labour intensive and that is a challenge I don’t think I want to overcome.

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Cake Pops

All Rights Reserved: an original recipe from Lavender and Lime

Ingredients

to make the sponge cake click the link

    to make the buttercream

    • 30 g butter
    • 250 mls Canderel yellow
    • 35 mls milk

    to make the cake pops

    • 180 g chocolate
    • Decorations of your choice

    Instructions

    • make the sponge cake

    to make the buttercream

    • Use an electric mixer to mix together the butter, Canderel and milk

    to make the cake pops

    • Melt your chocolate over a double boiler
    • When your sponge has cooled use a fork to break the cake up into fine crumbs in a large mixing bowl
    • Mix the buttercream into the sponge crumbles using a wooden spoon
    • Scoop out a heaped teaspoon full of the mixture and roll into balls
    • Insert a lollipop stick into each ball and then freeze for 10 minutes
    • Remove from the freezer and dip the bottom of the cake pop into the chocolate
    • Now spoon chocolate over the cake pops and swirl to remove the excess
    • Add the decorations while they are still warm
    • Place the cake pops into a piece of polystyrene or florists foam and put them into the fridge to set

    Click on the links for conversions and notes.

    a box of cake pops
    a box of cake pops

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    39 thoughts on “Recipe For Cake Pops

    1. Ah, cake pops. This seasons cupcake replacement it seems – they are popping up all over the place. I hope you don’t mind me saying I am not their biggest fan. Like so often with cupcakes they are generally a triumph of decoration over flavour (although I am sure your homemade sponge is yummy) but then I am probably not the target market. I imagine kids must love them and I can totally see your point about them being useful for using up left over bits and bobs. It sounds like you made a valiant effort and the results do look fabulous. Best of luck in the competition.

      1. They were far too sweet for me so I left them for Dave to gobble up! I doubt I will be a winner as I am not that in to decorating 😉

    2. These look like my kind of baking as I could buy the sponge. I’m all about the decorations when it comes to my hand in baking. These look like fun. I think Tash would love these. Where did you get the lolly sticks?

      Love your decorations

      1. Thanks Cams – I got the lolly sticks at Value Baking but any good baking shop should have them. This would be a great school holiday project and I know yours will be stunning as you are far more patient than I am at decorating 🙂

    3. Funny as I was just talking about them again this week to a friend. I had made them last January for my eldest’s birthday- being the middle of summer they were a little melty and slidey though. I always meant to revisit when it got cooler weather, alas time disappeared.
      I do like them though 🙂

      1. You are having an amazing start to summer Brydie but if the cold revisits it may be something to give the boys to do to keep them occupied 🙂

    4. They look beautiful, Tandy! I love cake pops, but have only made them once (cookie monster cake pops). Is true they are very laborious, but so beautiful 😉

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