There is something amazingly satisfying about how simple cake pops are to make, and how easy it is to turn them into something - in this case mini Christmas puddings!
I first saw the idea over at Baking Mad and fell in love with it. The great thing about them is you can alter the recipe to suit your favourites. For example, why not try a chocolate orange flavoured cake with a milk chocolate covering?
For the purpose of this post, I am going to show you the basic recipe for a basic vanilla sponge and dark chocolate Christmas pudding cake pop. Please note that for the best results you will need to make the cake at least one day prior to turning it into Christmas pudding cake pops!
A word of warning though... Don't make these with your children if you are OCD and want them to be perfect! I love that the ones I make with R are completely made with love but they are far from being perfect - or round even!
Make Your Cake
- Electric whisk
- Cake tin
- Grease proof paper or baking parchment
- Cake skewer (kebab skewers work just as well!)
- 225g self raising flour
- 225g caster sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 225g softened butter
- 4 eggs
Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 4/350ºF.
- Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and butter together in a bowl until it looks like sand.
- Beat the eggs into your dry mixture one at a time, mixing well after adding each one.
- Line the base of your cake tin with baking parchment.
- Spoon the mixture into your cake tin and bake it in the oven for 20-30 minutes or until the skewer comes out clean when stabbed into your cake.
- Cool your cake and then place it in the fridge overnight to stale.
Turn Your Cake Into Cake Pops
- 125g softened butter
- 300g icing sugar
- 25g cocoa powder
- 2 tsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Cream the butter in a bowl until light and fluffy.
- Add the icing sugar and cocoa powder to the butter and mix until smooth.
- Add the milk and vanilla extract and whisk until light and fluffy.
- Remove your cake from the fridge and crumble into a bowl until it looks like breadcrumbs.
- Mix in the buttercream you have just made bit by bit until the cake can be rolled into balls.
Decorate Your Cake Pops As Christmas Puddings
- 200g dark chocolate
- 250g icing sugar
- Holly leaves and berry edible decorations (depending on how many cake pops you plan to make, you can buy 50g of edible sugar versions on Ebay for £3.25)
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl.
- Using a fork, cover your cake pops in melted chocolate.
- Set your chocolate covered cake pops aside to cool and set.
- Put the icing sugar into a bowl and add cold water one teaspoon at a time until the mixture is runny enough to pour but thick enough to coat a spoon.
- Spoon a little icing over the top of the set chocolate, allowing it to run down the sides of your cake pops.
- Decorate the top with miniature holly leaves and berries.