I was lucky enough to receive a free cake pop machine with one of my many Christmas shopping orders. I’ve always thought cake pops look so fun to make, so I’m chuffed I now have my own to experiment with!
One frosty afternoon between Christmas and New Year I decided it was time to try out cake pops for the first time. It was a bit nerve racking at first not really knowing what I was doing, but I soon got the hang of it, and they look pretty good for a first attempt – if I do say so myself!
The following recipe is my adaptation from a Lakeland’s cake pop recipe…
- 125g softened butter
- 125g caster sugar
- 2 medium eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- Grated zest of 1 un-waxed orange
- Juice of 1 orange
- 100g self-raising flour
- 25g cocoa powder
- Icing sugar
- Christmas tree edible glitter
Cake Pop Accessories:
- Plastic covers
In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until soft and light. Add one egg at a time beating thoroughly in between until totally mixed together. After this add the vanilla essence and orange zest, beat until combined. Lastly, sift the flour and cocoa powder into the bowl and mix until fully incorporated.
Now is the fun bit! Plug your cake pop machine in and switch on to heat up, once the green light appears indicated the machine is up to temperature you are ready to do your first batch! Try to fill the semi-circles as quickly as possible (without making too much mess!) so that the machine doesn’t cool down too much, then close the lid and bake!
Bake for 4-5 minutes, I would do for 4 minutes if the semi-circles are not totally filled, and 5 minutes if filled to the brim.
Once baked, open the lid and switch off. After a minute or two, carefully scope the balls of cake out of the machine and place onto a plate to cool down.
Repeat this process until you have no mixture left and lots of lovely balls of cake!
Insert each ball of cake onto a stick and place in the cake pop stand to cool fully.
Once cool you can make your orange icing. I haven’t put any measurements for the icing or orange juice as I feel icing is very temperamental – so I find it’s best to add icing and orange juice bit by bit until you have a good amount, at a very thick consistency.
Paste the icing onto each cake pop, and decorate with Christmas tree edible glitter, then pop back into the cake stand for the icing to set.
(To preserve the cake pops wrap in plastic covers and tie at the bottom with ribbon.)