Cake Pops from Outer Space

SONY DSCBaking 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.SONY DSCSONY DSCThe 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.

SONY DSCSONY DSC SONY DSCI 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.

SONY DSCI can really recommed baking these cake pops – with/for kids or adults alike, of course!SONY DSC_________________________________

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, …)

­       colourful fondant

­       about 36 small wooden sticks

Preparation:

  1. Whisk together the cocoa powder and the hot coffee in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Add 1 tsp. of lemon juice to the milk and let it rest for about 5 minutes (it will thicken a bit).
  3. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
  4. In a medium bowl whisk the butter until creamy. Add sugar, whisk again, then, add the egg and egg yolk. Whisk some more.
  5. Add vanilla extract and milk mixture to the cocoa mixture and whisk well.
  6. Add flour mixture and cocoa mixture alternately to the butter mixture (in about three steps).
  7. Grease and heat cake pop maker. Put about 1 tablespoon of batter into each hole and bake for 4-6 minutes.SONY DSC
  8. 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.SONY DSC

(recipe after “175 Best Babycakes Cake Pop Maker Recipes” by Kathy Moore)

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To get a printed version: Download the pdf.
(Both English and German versions available!)

Cake Pops from Outer Space

Cake Pops aus dem Weltall

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