Look how 'bloggy' this post is....suitable holiday theme: check, specialist equipment: check, inedible looking colour: check, cakes on a stick: check.
Nono, it's fiiiiine, you don't need to tell me that if this were a rEAl bloggy blog post it would have been published days ago to give people a chance to prepare the recipe for St Patrick's day, and that my cake pops would be actual shamrock shaped and that the Candy Melts would be smooth and glossy and mirror like. I know this...but thanks any way.
This was only my first foray into the world of Cake Pop-Dom and I'll tell you, it's not exactly where I'd like to live forever. It just feels so wrong to bake a cake and mush it up and squodge it back together again. But I'll also tell you, that if you make a delicious cake, and them squodge it around with some delicious icing and then cover it with some vanilla and (while wholly unnatural looking) rather yummy tasting green stuff and put it on a stick...well my oh my you might just have a masterpiece.
Again, please don't judge my uneven coating and craggy endes and more 'spade' than shamrock...it was just my first go. But the taste test? Well they pass that with flying colours. With Love and Cake.
Chocolate Guinness Cake Shamrock Cake Pops.
A few notes:
- So this is, in essence, half of a Chocolate Guinness Cake, cooked as cupcakes, crumbled and squodged back together with some icing and dunked in Candy Melts. You could, of course, use any cake crumbs and icing you fancy...but I will write out the recipe, as I made it, in full for easyness.
- If you want these to be a super neat shamrock shape, which mine are not, you could use a shamrock cookie cutter to help you mould the cake pops...I just went free hand though because the only cutters I could find were too big.
- There are lots of steps to this...make the cake, cool the cake, squish the cake, chill the cake...etcetc...so make sure you leave plenty of time between when you start and when you want them finished.
You will need
1 x 12 hole muffin pan, lined with cupcake cases
baking sheet lined with greaseproof
lollipop sticks, like these
something to stand to pops in, e.g jars of sand, or a block of oasis
For the cake
125ml Guinness or dark stout
125g butter, cubed
200g caster sugar
60ml sour cream
135g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
For the icing
150g cream cheese
75g icing sugar
60ml double cream
For the green coating
1 x 340g bag green Candy Melts
- So first we make the cake.