October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween Cake Pops

I committed myself to a Halloween themed baking session this week to get into the spirit of All Hallows Eve (and I haven't done a "baking post" in a while) and as an old uni friend mentioned, "where are the Halloween cakes for me to copy?" - well here you go.

Halloween cake pop white chocolate-fied Mummies! 

And our (almost-gave up-the-wings-kept-falling-off) cake pop Bats!

Excuse the chocolate mess... Creatives at work (not that we almost threw in the towel when the wings all started melting and falling off)

Not perfect, far from it - but they are hilariously home-made and brilliant in my opinion!  And the whole evening was far too much fun with Mum & Pete.

Now my original plan of action was to have a go at truffles.  But, either my interesting recipe - which included a cup of coca cola or the fact I didn't allow quite enough time for everything to set, resulted in a bit of a fail and a quick change of plan.

So if at first you don't succeed, try try try and try again! Or rope reinforcements in...

Mum & Pete stepped in to save the day with "how about Cake Pops instead?"

The cake pop challenge got under way.  Cake Pops are delicious balls of cake that are a cross between a cake and a lollipop - tasty miniature treats!

You'll need a simple cake recipe & a cake pop machine (brilliant invention)

The recipe we followed for vanilla cake pops:


125g softened butter
125g caster sugar
2 medium eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
125g self-raising flour
2 tbsp milk

How to make them

1. Beat together the butter & sugar in a bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy.

2.  Add one egg at a time and beat after each additional until fully incorporated, add the vanilla extract and mix to combine.  Sift the flour into the mixture and add the milk and beat until smooth!

White chocolate for the Mummies

Dark chocolate for the Bats

Melt them in separate bowls over a high heat...

Quick tip with cake pops.  You dip a little bit of the stick in chocolate (which then acts a bit like glue) and stick it half way through the cake pop - and let it set.  We put ours in the freezer to speed up the process (impatient...).

10 mins in the freezer or so... Then all hands on deck to get them covered...

Quite fun. Very messy and plenty of taste testing along the way!

Whilst the Mummies were being dipped and dried by Mum & Pete I got to work drawing up the wings for the Bats using the dark chocolate and my trusty squeezy bottle.

Not unlike the technique for icing biscuits which we learnt on the Biscuiteer's icing course in Notting Hill.

Using a silicon mat (best purchase and find ever - well done Mum) I sketched up my wings...

Once the outline was done, filled the middle

And popped them in the fridge to set

I won't lie to you, it was a very time consuming project and we probably should have picked either the Mummies or the Bats for this "quick" evening baking sesh.

Next up - the bandages. This was done with piped white chocolate - it did start of neatly, then I decided it didn't really matter, messier the better.

Then they went back in the fridge again to cool off

Before we tackled the Bats...

Everything kept melting, the wings kept falling off, the whole thing was not without it's frustrations (and a lot of laughing as chocolate ended up everywhere).

But we got there eventually

Pete devised a pass me a right wing-left wing-put in the fridge System. And soon they even had eyes!

I think they are awesome for a first go!

I decided to bring them to work for a Halloween afternoon treat

Lets hope they survive the long journey!