Baking with kids is fun – and exhausting, but mostly fun! And making these little cute aliens/planets with the children of one of the local kindergardens was indeed great fun. The children (aged 4-6) loved to see how the cake pops are formed in the cake pop machine and “oohh”-ed when I opened the lid for the first time. To them, this was almost like magic.The decorating, too, was a highly enjoyable affair. Each child could choose whether to create an alien (or as we called it a “Wuppi-friend”) or a planet.
I have never made cake pops without the cake pop machine, so I can’t really talk about the pro and cons of the two ways of making cake pops, only about what these here were like. Their texture was soft and fluffy and not too sweet which was good because the icing added the extra sweetness afterwards. Also, when decorated, these cake pops could be stored for quite a few days without getting dry.
Cake Pops from Outer Space
Preparation time: 15 min
Baking time: 4-6 min (per 12 cake pops)
Decorating time: 40 min
Yield: about 36 cake pops
| Ingredients (for the cake pops): ⅓ cup of unsweeted cocoa powder
⅓ cup of hot coffee
1 cup flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
1 pinch of salt
75g butter (at room temperature)
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 egg (at room temperature)
1 egg yolk (at room temperature)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
⅓ cup of milk
1 tsp. lemon juice
| Furthermore you need: about 200g green Candy Melts
dark chocolate couverture
sugar decoration (stars, hearts, pearls, …)
about 36 small wooden sticks
- Whisk together the cocoa powder and the hot coffee in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Add 1 tsp. of lemon juice to the milk and let it rest for about 5 minutes (it will thicken a bit).
- Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
- In a medium bowl whisk the butter until creamy. Add sugar, whisk again, then, add the egg and egg yolk. Whisk some more.
- Add vanilla extract and milk mixture to the cocoa mixture and whisk well.
- Add flour mixture and cocoa mixture alternately to the butter mixture (in about three steps).
- Grease and heat cake pop maker. Put about 1 tablespoon of batter into each hole and bake for 4-6 minutes.
- Let the cake pops cool down. Then melt the green Candy Melts (for the aliens) and/or the dark chocolate couverture. Dip the cake pops into the candy melts/dark chocolate couverture and decorate with fondant and sugar decoration.
(recipe after “175 Best Babycakes Cake Pop Maker Recipes” by Kathy Moore)
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(Both English and German versions available!)