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Christmas Pudding Cake Pops

photo (1)I’ve had cake pops on my ‘to do list’ for a while and finally got the opportunity when visiting a friend down in New Plymouth the other week. She has two daughters who were keen to help make them and even more importantly eat them. It’s a fun activity to do with kids, fairly easy but a bit fiddly. For those younger than 8 years you will need to assist with the moulding of the cake balls and inserting the sticks into the cake pops gently so not to break the already moulded cake. The dipping and decorating is the easy bit and I would suggest letting them have ‘free reign’ on how they want them to look and not worry too much about the perfect looking pop for your blog!

The girls did an amazing job, we made a few Christmas pudding style pops and then the creativity started. Sprinkles, cachous and mini fondant shape Christmas tree, gingerbread men and stars where more popular as their creativity flowed.

You can use any cake as the base, bought or homemade even gluten free but I would suggest you use a heavier cake similar to Madeira. We used 70% chocolate but milk chocolate would work just as well if that is preferred. There are many images of cake pops on the internet so if you are looking for decorating ideas just Google ‘cake pops’.

 

Ingredients – Cake Pop

Makes approx 12

200g Madeira or Chocolate Cake

160g dark or milk chocolate (I used 70%)

50ml single cream

Ingredients – Decoration

250g dark or milk chocolate

50g white chocolate

Sprinkles, cachous or fondant flowers to decorate

Method

Crumble the cake into fine crumbs.

Melt the cream and dark chocolate together in a microwave, using short 30 second bursts. Stir in between each heat and continue process till melted. Stir into the cake crumbs.

To form the cake balls, take enough cake mixture to a ping pong sized ball. Roll gently in your hands to create a smooth surface and place on a large plate. If it doesn’t come together in a ball you may need to add more melted chocolate.

Place cake balls in the fridge to set (approx 20 minutes).

Melt the dark chocolate from the ingredients list. Dip the end of a lolly stick into the melted chocolate and gently poke half way into the cake ball with a twisting movement.

Place them back on the plate and into the fridge to set again for a few minutes.

Dip the cake pops one at a time into the melted chocolate, letting any excess chocolate drip off.

Stand the cake pops in a mug or a piece of polystyrene making sure they don’t tough each other and allow to set. If you set them in the fridge the chocolate will go dull but depending on your weather or patience you may have no choice but to use the fridge to set the chocolate

Melt the white chocolate in a microwave with the same method as the dark chocolate.

Spoon a teaspoon of white chocolate onto the top of each cake pop, tipping the cake pop back and forth so the white chocolate runs down the sides.

Decorate with sprinkles, cachous or fondant holly or flowers.

If you ‘google’ cake pops on the internet you will find lots more ideas of how to decorate them.

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  1. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    You can’t celebrate Christmas without great Christmas recipes. To Pease Pudding & Ms. Allison Pirrie-Mawer….I wish you & your family a wonderfully joyous Kwanzaa, Christmas & Hanukkah & a healthy, happy & prosperous New Year.

    December 9, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      Thanks Jueseppi, I wish you and your family all the best too for the season.

      December 10, 2012
  2. Lovely cake pops!

    December 9, 2012
  3. love the cake pops and taranaki x and I know what you mean about not worrying about them being perfect for the blog, I was just dealing with those exact circumstances, my 3 year old and some pitstachio shortbreads this morning ….

    December 9, 2012
  4. Reblogged this on 2012 Spirit In Action and commented:
    This is very interesting-and that you can use gluten free cake(or perhaps the crumbs from an attempt at gluten free vegan cake that didn’t quite make it-would be nice to have some projects to use as “recoveries” for when that happens;-) I’ve been seeing cake-pop-makers advertised so widely this year I did not realize they were something you could make by hand. This looks so much more creative and fun to do.

    December 9, 2012
  5. What a great activity with the kids for getting into the Christmas mood. I have Stumbled and tweeted this.

    December 9, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      Many thanks Suzanne. Have a great Christmas

      December 10, 2012
  6. Such a coincidence as I was just thinking about cake pops wondering “why would you?” – not directly thinking about you though! I don’t think I could cope with the fiddly bits but have to admit these Christmas ones look very appealing. I like the stars and stripes trousers!

    December 9, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      Yeh, Nicole’s trousers matched the cake pops by chance! I don’t think I could make these things for a living, very fiddly.

      December 10, 2012
  7. Lovely and so festive! A great idea.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    December 9, 2012
  8. Very nice, love the decor. When my wife and daughter made some at home we just used candy sprinkles on top of its chocolate coating

    December 9, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      Your cake pops where very cute, remember them

      December 11, 2012
  9. How cool are these!!! You should enter them in December Sweet New Zealand, this month’s host is Lydia, info here http://www.lydiabakes.com/2012/12/sweet-new-zealand-time.html

    ciao
    Alessandra

    December 10, 2012
  10. Excellent – very imaginative!

    December 10, 2012
  11. i must be the only person without an interest in cake pops – is it because i don’t have kids?? yours look so christmassy and wonderful, but i’m afraid i’m too lazy … ah, i’m sounding like a cranky old woman now!!

    December 10, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      I don’t have kids either and used my friends as an excuse to try them out. I doubt I will be making them again and I didn’t actually eat any :0)

      December 11, 2012
  12. Cute!

    December 10, 2012
  13. Too good-looking to eat them in a second :-/ ;-)

    December 11, 2012
  14. Shirley #

    Fantastic! I might have time to make those :)
    Congrats for being 3rd on the google search too!

    December 16, 2012
    • peasepudding #

      Rather fiddly, I’m not sure i would make them again!

      December 17, 2012
  15. Aren’t these adorable? I almost don’t want to eat them they are so cute.

    December 18, 2012
  16. I’ve never really got the whole cake pops thing but not having kids and my nephews so far away I realise I’ve missed out on kitchen fun.

    December 22, 2012
  17. They do look cute!!!

    December 27, 2012
  18. I want to add – if you aren’t eating them right away, make sure you store them in the fridge, and try to eat them up within the week. If you want to freeze them, remember to defrost in the fridge so the chocolate doesn’t go all weird and sweaty when the pops thaw.

    January 31, 2013
  19. This looks delicious chocolate cake, the children definitely really like, they will scramble …

    September 24, 2013

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