Cake Pops

Cake Pops. These could also be called “What was I thinking?”

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What happened was, I saw a picture of Cake Pops in a magazine. Tiny, yummy, little bites of gorgeously decorated balls of cake, what could be easier? So I bought the pink silicon cake ball trays pictured below.

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Then, I saw some tin trays (pictured below) in the hard rubbish on the kerb outside my neighbour’s house three doors down, so I crept back that night and grabbed them. (The fact that other people were throwing these tins out should have been a clue, but no, I’m a slow learner). Don’t judge me for taking my neighbour’s hard rubbish either, we all do it. For the uninitiated, you walk around the neighbourhood eyeing each other’s cast offs during the day, then sneak back under cover of darkness to collect whatever has caught our eye. It’s all going to the rubbish tip eventually.

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Next step, make cake. Easy, peasy, I can make cake.

60 gm butter
1/4 C caster sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 tspn vanilla extract
3 tblspns milk
3/4 C self raising flour

Cream the butter and sugar, add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix in 1/3 of the flour, then the milk at a time, stirring gently.

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Prepare the cake pop tins.

(At this point do what I say and not what I do. My suggestion is to make patty cakes with this mixture and ice them, bugger making cake pops. But, if you are determined to press on, follow the rest of the recipe. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you).

Spoon tiny bits of mixture into the side without the hole in the top. Don’t fill them flush with the top as the cakes will overflow. Under-filled is better.

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Bake at 160 degrees Celsius for about 15 minutes. I stuck a toothpick in to make sure the cakes were properly cooked.

Once cooled, He Who Eats All of Our Leftovers started throwing cake balls into the air and catching them in his mouth. It was funny, but I stopped him after he ate three because my niece, S and her friend F, who were having a play at our house after school, had been looking forward to icing the rest.

Ice when cool. You don’t have to make aqua icing, the only reason I did was because the two twelve year olds chose the colour.

2/3 C icing sugar
1 and 1/2 Tblspns water

For aqua, mix 4 drops of blue food colouring and 2 drops of green.

Dip the sticks in the icing, then stab the ball of cake. Dip in the icing and roll in sprinkles.

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I prepared the egg carton before making the icing by stabbing it with a metal skewer so the girls had somewhere to put the cake pops once they were decorated.

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