Start with a basic butter cake. For this cake, I used the basic cupcakes recipe and just baked it in a slice tin. Once it was cooled, I cut into small pieces and crumbled them into a large mixing bowl. One tip I found useful was to rub two or more pieces of the cake together to crumble easier.
- 125g butter
- 1/2c sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2c milk
- 1 1/2c self raising flour
Beat the butter & sugar until creamy, add the vanilla and the eggs 1 at a time. Add the milk and the flour alternatively and fold through. Once combined, mix for about 2 minutes. Line a 9″ tin with baking paper. Pour batter into tin and spread evenly. Tap tin on the counter a couple of times to ensure removal of any air bubbles. Bake in a moderate oven (180c Celcius) for about 12-15 mins. Leave in tin for a few minutes to cool down before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. (Note: Double the mixture and this cake can also be used for lamingtons.)
Once the cake is finely crumbled so that it resembles breadcrumbs, you can add the frosting. You can use store bought frosting or create your own. I went the easy way and made my own using 3/4c icing sugar, 2 tbls milk. I ended up needing almost double quantity of the frosting. You need to add enough frosting to make your cake dough stick together to be able to form balls without it breaking apart. If the mixture is too crumbly, add more of the frosting. You could also add flavour to the cake mixture if you want.
Roll & Freeze
Roll the mixture into small balls, about the size of a walnut. You don’t want them too large, or they will become too heavy for the sticks once you add the chocolate and decorations. Once the balls have been rolled (it doesn’t matter if they are not perfect yet) put them on a tray lined with baking paper and leave in the freezer to set for about 5-10 mins
Add the sticks
Melt some white chocolate in the microwave or over a double boiler. Re-roll the frozen cake ball. It is best to work on one ball at a time. Dip one end of the cakepop stick into the melted chocolate and then place into the cakepop ball, push it in part of the way and keep going until all the cakepop balls have their sticks and place them back in the freezer to set for another 10 minutes.
With the warm melted chocolate, dip the cakepop ball into the chocolate being careful not to rotate the ball too much or you will break the seal of the cakepop stick and the ball will fall off into your chocolate. Bring the ball out and gently tap it on your finger to knock off the excess chocolate. Sprinkle with Pink Fairy Dust.
Stand & set
Leave the cakepop to set in a stand. You don’t need to buy a fancy cakepop stand, a new block of florists foam or left over styrafoam should work just as well.
If you are planning to give these away as gifts, try wrapping the top of the cakepop in a small gift bag and tie with a ribbon.