Long long long time ago Aifang got me to make some cakepops for her friends’ birthday, specifically 4 of them! The idea was to use the cake pops and insert into a basic cake base. We saw really nice cake pops from this website http://www.bakerella.com/ she makes really really nice cakepops and even has her own book! You can get the book at Borders.
So, looking at her website, I felt that I would be able to make it a success…..HAHA Singapore weather sucks.
All the steps to make cake pops can be found in bakerella’s website, and you can get lots of inspiration looking at what she has done too.
2 places that I know sells candy melts are Phoon Huat and BIY. I do not know of other places that sell, basically because I have never been to before.
I used a choc fudge cake mix and then mashed everything up and mixed it with a container of chocolate buttercream. Time to roll them up into balls! This is to create some CHICKS!
And these were actually shaped into apple like shapes, you will have to chill it for at least 1 hour if not it will not set properly and you will have it start falling apart, like how it did on me, FRUSTRATION!! These are cookie sticks where you have to dip into some melted candy and then poke into the rolled balls to ensure they will stick. Mine didnt stick properly and I have no idea why. When I dipped them into the melted candy, it detached from the sticks.
This is how the melted candy is supposed to look like, it is actually not as easy to work with as you think, because the consistency is really thick and you will most probably leave drip marks on the cakepops no matter how well you try to smooth it out. I used some veg shortening to smooth it out, it helps a little, but not all the way, be careful not to add too much either because it will not harden in the end.
You can see here what i mean by not being able to smooth them out the one at the far left looks the smoothest, but actully at the back, its not that perfect! This is the part where im leaving it to dry out.
There is one in the process of falling apart, a bit seng-ek alrdy. Apples!!
Here’s a chick for you guys!
Here’s what I used for the chicks feet arms and nose!
Another irritating part was that water vapour starting appearing on the candied pops! Its because of the cold cakes coming in contact of the warm melted candy. I let it airdry instead of cooling it in the fridge. I did it this way because when i removed a batch cooled in the fridge, the water vapour was even more hardcore! This is the reason why I said Singapore weather sucks! The humidity and heat causes lots of problems. Wish I can have an airconditioned kitchen. Fat hope! I added eyes and mouths to the chicks and apples. I know, pretty weird combi of animal and fruit. I also don’t know how we ended up picking this combination!
Oh yeah, the candy also started cracking!! I was in torture knowing that my cakepops were falling apart, i used more candy to cover up the cracks, making them look like hair on the chicks!
Afterwards, I had remaining candy and cake balls, so I dipped them in some jimmies and coloured sugar.
This is the round base cake that is supposed to be green grass! As the chicks couldnt stay on the sticks and were dropping off, I was so desperate that I ended up removing them from the sticks and putting them direct on the ‘grass’. But it ended up looking pretty cute!! =)
I will update with the pictures of the final look soon!