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Baking for the messy cook: Cake pops!


Last week I was invited to a first birthday party and to fit the theme of firsts, I made my very first cake pops!

Cake pops are everywhere. They are brilliant. I mean it's cake on a stick, this is the peak of evolution if you ask me.
By now there are a billion of recipes for this revelation of dessert out there in the internet so I'll spare you mine, instead I'll link you to the queen of cake pops and her basic instructions:

Bakerella cake pops instructions!


However, Bakerella is an experienced baker (or shall I say a baking goddess) so for the average mortal human although making cake pops isn't actually difficult, it might turn out to be slightly tricky.
So here I'll provide you with some basic tips for those of us who aren't gifted and talented baking geniuses.

FIRST: Trim the sticks! They shouldn't be too long or they'll break
under the weight of the cake balls. I forgot to do this and some
broke off. Next time I'll trim them to be about 15cm long.
SECOND: Heat the chocolate over hot water but make sure it doesn't
get too hot / or leave it over the hot water for too long otherwise
the chocolate will turn hard again and it's useless because nothing
will make it smooth after that. Believe me. I tried.
THIRD: Use a container that is deep but narrow (think coffee cup) so
the cake ball will fit even if you already used most of the chocolate.
FOURTH: Rotate the ball until it's completely covered in chocolate
and the chocolate had a little time to solidify, so you won't make a
terrible mess or have all the chocolate slide off the cake ball.
FIFTH: Styrofoam is messy. I found little white styrofoam balls all
over the flat for days. A smart and also cute way to avoid this would
be covering your styrofoam block in paper or fabric. You could even
use a small cardboard box instead of styrofoam.
SIXTH: The trickiest of it all is to transport them. Especially if you need
to transport 30 cakepops on a hot day in a non-airconditioned car for an
hour. Unfortunately I cannot give you a smart tip for this one but if you
have a solution please let me know!!!

I hope this helped a little.
These were gone within about an hour so it sure was worth making them and they taste amazing, so go for it! Do it!



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