Cake Pops

Try this fun recipe for Halloween or Easter treats by Louise Lennox.

Ingredients


For the sponge cake
  • 150 g butter- soft at room temperature
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 180 g self raising flour-sieved
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Frosting and decoration
  • 115 g unsalted butter – soft
  • 175 g icing sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoon mint flavouring
  • a few drops of green food colouring
  • 400 g white chocolate or coloured chocolate melts
  • 2 tblsp sunflower oil
  • jelly bats, spiders, sprinkles
  • 16 lollipop sticks
  • a block of dry oasis

Method

For the sponge cake
  1. Put all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk until pale and fluffy.
  2. Grease and line an 8 inch cake tin, spoon in sponge mix.
  3. Then bake in a preheated oven at 185°C (Gas 4) for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  4. Inset a tooth pick to insure the cake in fully cooked. Once cooked, remove from the oven.
  5. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
Frosting and decoration
  1. Sieve the icing into a bowl; add the unsalted butter, mint flavouring and green food colouring. Whisk until light and feathery.
  2. In a large mixing bowl crumble up the cake into small crumbs.
  3. Add in the frosting in 3 amounts, mix by hand until it forms a soft ball.
  4. Wrap in cling film at put in the fridge for 1 hour. Divide the cake mixture into 16 pieces. And roll into a ball. Then put them on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile melt the white chocolate, chop it up, then put into a heat proof bowl. You can either melt it on low setting in the microwave for 1 minute stirring in between until melted. Or over a saucepan of hot water.
  6. When melted thin the chocolate by mixing the sunflower oil.
  7. Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate. Then insert it into the cake balls. Return to the fridge for five minutes.
  8. Dip one cake pop at a time into the melted chocolate, hold over the bowl for a few seconds to allow the excess chocolate to drip off. Then stick it into the dry oasis.
  9. Decorate with sprinkles, and Halloween sweets.

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