I saw cake pops in a magazine or cookbook about 8 years ago. I bought the mould, but never actually made them. Until now. So, are you asking me- how to make cake pops? I’ve got the answer for you. Full recipe below, but I’ve added my notes before the recipe, so read them first.
My comments (read before diving in)
Ok, I enjoyed making the actual cake pops, but the coating… not so much. Since my attempt at making Easter eggs (link here), I really dislike working with melting chocolate. But I thought.. no, I’ll put my big girl pants on and give it another go. Well… it wasn’t actually that bad. I only had 1 bar of chocolate, which didn’t give me enough depth in the bowl to properly dunk the cake pop. I had to use a spoon to get it fully coated.
Secondly- about 5 out of the 12 cake pops slid down the pop-stick after I coated them, which “wasn’t” frustrating at all. And in general- working with chocolate is a messy business. I struggled to keep the pop-sticks clean, as all of them were dripping with chocolate once I put them in the styrofoam to dry.
Thirdly- the butter cream I made tasted delicious, but wasn’t liquid enough- so if you are going down this route, add more milk to it. But I added my leftover melted chocolate into it to make a chocolate buttercream frosting. These came out better than I thought and tasted really nice. Make sure you are using a spoon to help coat them.
Fourth point – because I used a really dark chocolate, for someone who has a very sweet tooth- these won’t be sweet enough. So either use vegan milk chocolate or try adding a bit more sugar in your cake pop mix.
Gluten Free & Vegan Cake Pops
- Hand or stand mixer
- Cake pop mould
- 50 g Vegan butter
- 75 g Caster sugar
- 2 egg whites use egg replacement or chickpea water
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 110 g Soy flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp Bicarbonate soda
- 80 ml Almond or soy milk
- 1-2 bars Dark chocolate (vegan or over 65% dark chocolate) 1 bar to to about half, 2 bars to do all
- 55 g Vegan butter
- 125 g Icing sugar
- 4 tbsp Almond or soy milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- Pre-heat your oven to 170°C
- Add the softened butter & sugar in a bowl and mix until light & fluffy.
- Add your egg white replacement & mix well. Add the vanilla extract after and mix until combined.
- Meanwhile mix all your dry ingredients together.
- Add about half of your dry ingredinets, mix a bit and then add half of your milk. Then repeat until all has been added. Clean down the sides of the bowl with spatula to make sure all has been mixed well.
- Either use spray oil or use vegan butter to oil the mould.
- Add about a teaspoon in each of the cake pop moulds – one side only.
- Make sure you snap the top of the mould together with the bottom one. Go through all the cake pops and snap it together to ensure they keep the shape as the bake.
- Bake in an oven for 12-15 minutes. Check with toothpick they're baked before taking the top mould off.
Chocolate coating (after cake pops have cooled down) I only coated about half of cake pops with this.
- Break your chocolate in smaller pieces into a heatproof bowl. Set the bowl on top of a sauce pan filled with water, let it boil. It will slowly start to melt the chocolate.
- Before you coat the cake pops, dip the end of the pop-stick in the chocolate and then pop it into the cake pop. I put mine in a fridge for about 15 minutes so the sticks cement into the cake pops.
- Then- start coating them. Make sure that you have styrofoam/ box/ floral oases or anything else where you can stick the cake pop into after you dip them.
- If you want, you can add some sprinkles on top of your cake pops.
- Add them into the fridge to set.
- Mix the butter & icing sugar together.
- Add vanilla extract & milk.
- I used the leftover chocolate and mixed it together with my butter cream.
- Then, with great difficulty, I coated 4 cake pops. You will need to use a spoon to help with this.
- Add in the fridge to set.
I will probably give cake pops another go at some point, but there will definitely be things I change on how I do them.
Let me know how you get on with making cake pops. Did you change anything for the better?