Don't you think the Cake Pop is something that seems a bit Willy Wonka inspired ? The thought of eating cake... on a stick! OK - I'll be honest here I am approaching the much lauded Cake Pop with as much trepidation as the Whoopie Pie (and remember how much I loved those...NOT).
I have only been prompted to finally make them as I received a baking pan set designed for Cake Pops for Mothers Day. In addition, I had asked my Son to try one of these recently at a cafe to see what he thought. I didn't have one as it wasn't gluten free. Imagine what a difficult request that was for him to fulfil. One of the very few times I didn't need to ask him three times to do something...hahaha. Well he LOVED it and has been begging me to make them ever since.
I have whipped a really basic chocolate cake recipe together and thrown these little gems into the oven. Now theres a couple of different ways to bake these little babies. You can bake them in moulds as I am doing today or you can make your cake then crumble t up once baked and cooled mix with some buttercream frosting then hand roll them into balls. Either way we ultimately arrive at a ball shaped piece of cake. The latter method however will result in a sweeter Pop as you're getting a mouthful of cake and frosting altogether then coated in chocolate.
My Pops will be cake only coated in chocolate so a little lighter. I am also making mine Gluten Free. See - anything can be made GF - no need to miss out on anything. Thank goodness I have made them chocolate so I shan't be tempted to polish them all off.
Basic Chocolate Cake recipe
1 Cup Self Raising GF Flour
1 tsp GF Baking Powder
1 Cup Caster or White Sugar
3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
3 Tbsp or 60g Unsalted Butter
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
1/3 Cup Milk
- Preheat oven to 160 Celsius and lightly grease and line your cake tin or spray your CakePop molds.
- In a large bowl place all ingredients together making sure butter is slightly softened.
- Using an electric mixer use it to combine all ingredients together until well mixed.
- Pour into your cake tin or into your CakePop molds.
- Bake for approx 30 minutes - check for done'ness by inserting a wooden skewer. If it comes out clean you're good to go.
I used this recipe to make the cake pops pictured. VERDICT : Can't lie - they look really pretty. Impressive even for what they are. Fiddly ? Without a doubt. Able to make money from them ? Weeeeeeelllll....possibly depends on how they want them decorated. They are deceptively time consuming - I think I made Spongebob in the same amount of time it took me to make 15 cake pops so go figure. They are however nice to be able to offer something a little bit different and I think u could have real fun with them for parties or christmas etc.
If you give them a go - good on you.