These delicious bite-size treats are great for birthday parties and can be a fun way of getting your kids to have fun in the kitchen. Save on dessert time with these cute snacks that require no cutting, no serving, no mess and most likely, no leftovers.
Mix a basic cake batter, add in lots of food colouring and bake it according to your favourite cake baking method. Remove from the oven, set aside while it cools making sure to cover it with tin foil to avoid it oxidising and loosing it’s vibrant colour. When you are ready to go, crumble the cake into a large bowl. You want your crumbs to be fine and even, so make sure there aren’t any big pieces.
Gradually add your favourite flavoured frosting into the bowl and mix it in, using the back of a large metal spoon until completely compact. The mixture shouldn’t be too moist though because you need to roll the mixture into balls that will hold the round shape using your hands. Place the balls on a baking sheet and let them sit for about 20 minutes. Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrapping and chill for several hours in the fridge –or if in a hurry, place them in the freezer for 15 minutes. Be sure not to freeze them as you need them firm, not frozen.
Find a nice deep microwave-proof bowl. Take your selected candy coating which should either be white or dark chocolate. Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds or, if you don’t have a microwave, use a saucepan full of boiling water to melt it bain marie. Keep stirring to make sure it melts evenly but make sure you don’t overheat it as it will burn and ruin the batch. Add in some food colouring either by mixing it uniformly or dripping it in with a toothpick to create some fun swirls.
Dip about half an inch of a lollipop stick into the melted candy coating and insert the stick into a cake ball and let sit until the chocolate is set. Dip the entire cake ball (now attached to the stick) into the melted candy till completely covered and gently pull out of the chocolate, rotate the cake pop facing down to get rid of any excess candy coating.
Sprinkle crushed candy, store bought sprinkles, squiggles of chocolate, crushed nuts or anything you fancy, onto the cake pop before it dries completely, to make it even more bright and colourful. Get as creative as you want here.
Repeat for all cake pops and insert them into a Styrofoam block and let them dry completely. Throw them into a mug, glass or a container and leave for guests to grab whichever one catches their fancy. Enjoy!
Cake Pops by: Kavita Shah (The Wicked Whisk)
Photos: Peter Ndung’u
Art Direction: Devna Vadgama
Hand Model: Joy Wairimu