Christmas cake pops
Skill level: Bit of effort
Costs: Cheap as chips
If you love Christmas cake but don't want a big chunk of it, these Christmas cake pops are a great idea. Made with rich fruit and brandy butter they are perfect for parties - they'll be gone before you know it!
- 50g cocoa powder
- 200ml boiling hot water
- 125g butter, softened
- 150g caster sugar
- 50g dark brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 200g self raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 200g luxury mixed dried fruit
- 120g butter, softened
- 200g icing sugar, sifted
- 2 tsp brandy
- 200g blue candy melts
- 20 lollipop sticks
Get your candy melts and lollipop sticks from your nearest hobbycraft store!
- Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Grease and lightly flour a 20cm round cake tin.
- Stir the hot water with the cocoa until smooth and leave to cool.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together and set aside.
- Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add the vanilla extract. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Add the flour in one go. Then the cooled cocoa powder. Fold in the dried fruit.
- Pour the mixture into cake tin, filling halfway and bake for 40 minutes or until a cocktail stick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool completely.
For the brandy butter:
- Cream the butter, gradually add the sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the brandy and continue creaming until fully combined.
For the cake pops:
- Once cooled, crumble the cake thoroughly using your hands and add the frosting a spoonful at a time. You will most likely not need all of the frosting, so just add enough to bind the crumbs together and form a pliable mixture. Cover with clingfilm and chill for one hour or until firm.
- Remove from the refrigerator and roll 20 equally sized balls from the mixture using your hands. Place each ball on a tray lined with baking paper, cover with clingfilm and chill for 20 minutes or until firm.
- Place the candy in a microwave safe bowl and melt for 1 minute. Stir and melt for 30 seconds, repeat once more. Keep stirring until blended and smooth.
- Dip each lollipop stick about 1cm into the candy and then into the centre of each cake pop about halfway deep. Dip each cake pop one at a time into the candy then decorate with Christmas sugar decorations or sprinkles of your choice.
- Gently shake out over the bowl to remove the excess. Insert each cake pop into a polystyrene block or cake dummy to dry (about one minute).
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