I had been a little underwhelmed by the latest baking craze, Cake Pops. That is until my grandson’s birthday party loomed on the horizon and I found out that the latest take home gifts were cake pops. I looked into how to make them and found that Lakeland sold a handy little Cake Pop Maker that made 6 pops at a time. Being fond of my kitchen gadgets I decided I really needed to buy one. I also bought a little cookery book to get some ideas from and maybe some hints and tips.
The great thing about this little gadget is that it only takes three minutes to cook a batch up. You can get cake pop makers that produce larger batches, but I think the smaller one is better because the cake mixture starts cooking as soon as it hits the heated mould. This is fine when making 6, but could produce problems if cooking more.
I followed the recipe that came with the Cake Pop Maker and was really pleased with the results, so I decided to make some for the party. The party theme was the Muppet Show and I thought that it would be great to make Muppet cake pops. Mmmm, maybe I should have just followed my “simpler is more effective” rule, but I didn’t and the results were not too bad, not as good as I would have liked, but the little darlings and their parents were thrilled with them.
I decided to make a simple vanilla sponge and followed a recipe from the recipe book. All went well, I turned out 39 perfectly round little cakes. I was thrilled and once they had cooled I put them onto the sticks. Again, all went smoothly. I attached the balls of cake to the sticks by dipping one end of the stick into melted chocolate and then pushing the stick into the cake. Once I had put all the pops onto their sticks I popped them into the fridge to allow the chocolate to set.
I knew it was too good to last. Once the chocolate had set and the pops were firmly fixed to the sticks it was time to coat them with coloured chocolate. This is when things began to go a bit awry. The chocolate or candy melts, as they’re called, weren’t runny enough and so the finish wasn’t as smooth as I would have liked. My blue muppets were definitely a bit lumpy, but after a bit of messing about I managed to make them look reasonable. I had two different types of melts. The blue and green were the aforementioned Candy Melts and the orange, pink and brown were from silver Spoon. I found the Silver Spoon melts were much better, the consistency was just right. But, to be fair, after a bit of research, I found that by adding some shortening (I used trex) to the Candy melts, this too was more manageable and a better finish was achieved for the green ones, or Kermit as they became.
I also had the bright idea to make up some carrot cake pops. I used the recipe from my Passion Cake muffins and ended up with loads of perfectly spherical little cakes. I popped them into petit four cases and piped some bright orange cream cheese frosting on the top. They went down a treat. All in all I have to say that I am really pleased with my cake pop maker and will be using it for a lot of other things beside the cake pops. So, watch this space and have fun making your cake pops treats, Easter is coming and I know I will be experimenting on alternative Easter Eggs for the family. If you fancy having a go, I sell the Lakeland Cake Pops Maker in My Store as well as a cake pop book for inspiration!