Friday, 1 August 2014

A-Z Of Summer B is for Baking with Hobbycraft

When i first wanted to make cake pops i didnt actually know how to make them, i had seen so many different ideas and i never knew what to do for the best, so I put off learning how to make them. But at a recent Hobbycraft Press event i actually learnt how to make the cake pops and how to decorate them properly. Cake pops are so much fun, especially for kids. The cake pop mould is available Here for £7.00 (prices are subject to change)

So how do you make cake pops?

2 eggs – you will need two yolks and one egg white at room temperature
60g white flour
30g cocoa powder
170g sugar
1 tsp baking powder
50ml melted butter or margarine
1/2 tsp baking soda
50ml warm water
Pinch of salt
1 tsp of cream of tartar
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, butter/margarine and water until thoroughly combined. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white and cream of tartar with an electric beater until stiff peaks form. Sift together the dry ingredients and add them to the egg yolk mixture. Mix until combined. Fold in the egg whites.
  • Lightly grease your silicone cake pop moulds with butter. This will enable you to remove the cake pops easily.
  • Take the half of the mould without the air holes and place it on a baking tray.
  • Next, fill each of the cavities of your mould with cake batter. Fill the cavities to the top, to allow the mixture to rise. This will then fill the other half of the mould. Gently place the top half of the mould on top of the bottom mould, ensuring that the lips on the edge of the moulds inter-lock.
  • Place in a preheated oven at 180°C and bake for around 15 minutes. Then gently lift up the top half of the mould to check on your cake pops.
  • When cooked, a cocktail stick inserted into the centre of a cake pop should come out clean. When the cake pops are cooked, slowly and gently peel back and remove the top half of the mould. Leave your cake pops in the bottom mould to cool slightly. When completely cool, gently release the cake pops from the bottom mould but leave them to rest in the mould.
  • Melt a little chocolate and dip in one end of each cake pop stick. This helps ensure your cake pops stay on their sticks. Then push the cake pop sticks into the cake pops. Place in the fridge for 5 minutes. Your cake pops need to be cold before you can cover them.

I always thought that the holes in the top of the mould were to put the sticks in and they baked around the cake, but obviously thanks to Hobbycraft i know how to make them now and the hole in the top of the silicone mould is to help air escape as they cook. 

After they are baked and cooled with the lollypop sticks added then its time to decorate. you can buy Candy drops and all you do is melt the amount you need, then cover the cakes with it, its so easy to do. They come in a variety of colours and will be available at your nearest Hobbycraft very soon.

Here is Tilly enjoying decorating some cake pops with the staff of Hobbycraft, and enjoyed eating the ones she made even more! Leave the cakepops long enough to dry before eating them and it takes much longer in the hot weather for them to dry!

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