I attempted cake pops for the first time last month. I was rather excited as I had been given cake pop tin as a gift. It seemed to be a better, easier way than making cakes, crumbling them up and remixing them to roll the little balls. All I needed to do was pour the batter into the tin and they would come out in the perfect ball shape. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that simple…and the shape wasn’t as perfect as I’d expected.
I pulled the tin out of the box, and for the first time in my life read the instructions that came with it – I never read instructions, for anything. They indicated that I should buy a packet cake mix and an instant pudding mix, combine them for a denser cake but confused me in their ‘swap this and add that’ instructions for preparing the batter. I fumbled through it, making it up along the way with an extra egg here and a little more milk there, and had enough mixture to fill the tin – three times!!
The cooking process was pretty crazy too and in the end I was thankful to have so much mixture, just to test the cooking time. Again, the instructions said to cook for around 35 mins. So, for the first batch I did and they were a little over cooked. The cake had spewed out through the holes in the top and the perfect little ball I was hoping for was more like a tear-drop. Testing the cooking time, I baked the second batch for 22mins; still not quite happy, I got it right with the third batch at 18mins. Pretty much, half the time I was instructed to cook them for!
After all that fumbling, I used Cadbury chocolate melts to dip them as I wasn’t going to muck around with the coloured candy melts made especially for cake pops. They still tasted good.
When I make cake pops again in a week or two, I’m going to try baking them without any changes to the recipe….and the coloured candy melts. I’ll let you know how it goes.