September 04, 2011

Cake Pops / Cake Balls

Yet again, thanks to Ruth from the Pink Whisk, another brilliant way of baking has been revealed (to me at least!). Since finding out about cake pops I have seen them all over the web and I hear.. not that i would know.... but even a big named coffee shop is selling them. 

Have you ever made a cake that needed to be cut to shape and couldn't figure out to do with the pieces left over (apart from scoffing them down of course!) Well, here is an idea to use them up  but of course you don't need to have left overs!  Here are the Cake Pops and Cake Balls that will impress everyone!)

There are sites galore that show different ways of decorating these so do have a  look around (I have added some links for some great ideas I have come across at end of this blog)

Cake Pops
Cake Balls

What you need:
(links to recipes and ideas where to get items at end of this section)
  • A cake (preferably a day old but it doesn't have to be)
  • Buttercream icing (to go with your cake - chocolate/lemon/cherry - whatever you wish)
  • Candy Melts (come in all sorts of colours at your cake shop), melting chocolate or cake covering
  • Sauce pan & bowl
  • Edible Glitter - everyone must have glitter in their baking cupboard!
  • Decorations (stars, sprinkles, flowers, anything that suits the occasion.. the sky is the limit)
For Cake Pops
  • Lollipop sticks (from a bake shop)
  • Styrofoam (from that last delivery of stuff for your kitchen!)
For Cake Balls
  • Candy or small cake cases *if doing cake balls not pops)

Crumble up your cake into pieces  (cake recipe)

Make your buttercream (buttercream recipe)

Add the buttercream to the cake crumble and rub together until it is pasty (very gooey it will be)

Take a walnut sized amount of the mix and roll it into a ball. Repeat until  you have a lovely selection of pops!

TIP - Lightly wet your hands with cold water and shake off excess to stop the mixture sticking too much  - you may have to do this a few times throughout your rolling 

Put in fridge for about 1/2 hour to set them. In the mean time get your chocolate ready.

In a pan of simmering water, place a bowl over the top of the pan (ensure it is not touching the water). Place your chocolate candy/pieces in the dry bowl and allow them to gently melt.

Take the balls out of the fridge. 

If making cake pops, dip the end of a lollipop stick into the chocolate and stick it into a ball about half way (these are very heavy when finished so you need to ensure there is enough support). If making cake balls ignore this step!

Dip the ball into the melted chocolate to fully cover it (use a teaspoon to turn around if making just cake balls). Let the excess chocolate run off before putting aside. (Chocolate has to be melted enough at this stage or you will end up trying to use half of it to coat one ball - normal white chocolate is quite difficult to use so steer clear unless you get one that says good for baking/melting.

Decorate before chocolate sets in order to secure decorations. Add some glitter or stars or squiggles with a contrasting colour.

Cake Recipes
Chocolate Cherry  (Ruth's & Kenco's recipe)
Chocolate Truffle   6" is more than enough(Little Venice Cake Company)
Lemon Polenta  (omit the syrup bit) Niglella's recipe - I think this will work...???
Red Velvet

Buttercream Recipes
Chocolate (for Chocolate Cherry & Chocolate Truffle cakes)
Lemon (for Lemon Polenta Cake)
Cherry (for Chocolate Cherry cake)
Vanilla (for Vanilla Cake)
Cream Cheese (for Ref Velvet Cake)

Sourcing the Bits (check out Ebay for all of this as well!)
Cake Decorating Company   
Party Party  
Sainsbury's  (melting chocolate, cake covering, decorations)
Paper Cake Pop Stand
Acrylic Cake Pop Stand
Planet Bake

Cake Pop Pro Sites
Bakerella - Cake Pop Queen
Google Search - Images

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