Another cake, yes it is! Because its another birthday and today is my birthday.
So if you’ve been following the last few posts yes it was my wife and my daughters birthday several days ago and our birthdays are just one day apart from each other, isn’t that amazing. Imagine the surprised faces we got when we tell our people we meet that our birthdays are just one day apart. Anyways lets go on with today’s post, cake pops.
A cake pop is a type of cake where it is served in a lollipop form. It is usually made out of cake crumbs mixed with icing or chocolate formed to make shapes like spheres and cubes, a final coating of chocolate or icing is then applied together with some decorative elements such as candy sprinkles.
Though spherical cakes was existing for a long time it was until 2008 when Angie Dudley known as “Bakerella” popularized this wonderful treats. At first she started making pink cake pops which turned out really well, happy with her first creation she started thinking of ways to share it to everyone by posting it in one of the blogs Flickr group that she follows called Cupcakes Takes the Cake (CTTC). But to be noticed she have to shape this cake pops in a cupcake form by shaping the balls with a cutter and dipping it twice to look like one, it was a success and the submitted the photos to the said group. Her work eventually has been noticed and it was featured on the site. Little that she knows that was a start of something big as Martha Stewart noticed it and was invited to her show and demonstrates her creation. From there she started to become busy as she is doing this stuff for popular businesses and people, it become an industry on its own where businesses used its popularity. In fact it was one of be most searched terms in Google which peaked on December 2011, it was once the most searched topic in Puerto Rico and second in United States. Bakerellas book called “Cake pop” even appeared on New York times bestseller list.
For me I never knew this until my wife made them, I did not even notice that those are the ones sold in bakeshops and famous coffee shops. I thought what I saw before was normal chocolate lollipops but it was not, it was this cake pops. Indeed it has its charm and not just an ordinary charm as when she made them it was a big hit with the kids as well as the adults, you will hear them screaming like they had seen a famous celebrity when it was served and in a blink on an eye all of it was gone. So if you haven’t tried it like me I suggest you do, this simple treat is so fun to make and eat as well.
So for all those who greeted my wife, my daughter and me, Thank you all!
Cake pops (Ingredients)
9 X 3 chocolate cake or vanilla cake
Chocolate frosting (for chocolate cake)/ butter cream cheese frosting (for vanilla cake)
40-45 Lollipop sticks
125g White or dark Chocolate melts
1 tbsp Shortening (optional)
Butter Cream Cheese frosting (Ingredients)
250g cream cheese
75g unsalted butter
2 tbsp confectioners sugar
Chocolate frosting (Ingredients)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup confectioners sugar
100 g unsalted butter, softened
4 tbsp milk, room temp
1 tsp vanilla
1. In a mixing bowl, crumble the entire cake by hands.
2. Add the frosting to the crumbled cake and mix it evenly.
3. Shape the moistened cake into a ball until it makes about 45 balls depending on size. Line the balls in a baking sheet apart from each other.
4. Meanwhile, melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over (but not touching) simmering water. Add shortening only if you prefer to lighten up a bit of the thickened chocolate.
5. Dip each of the lollipop stick into the melted chocolate and glue in the centre of each cake balls. With the sticks upside-down on each cake balls, keep in the fridge for about 5-10 mins to hardened the glue and keep the lollipop sticks upright.
6. Coat each of the cake pops evenly with the melted chocolate. (Note: If the melted chocolate begins to hardened and get lumpy, you can always repeat step 4). Put sprinkles on top or decorate as desired before the coat dries completely.
7. Place the cake pops into the Styrofoam not touching each other.
Note: The above recipe was inspired by Bakerella