My daughter’s currently working on the Baden Powell Award with her Guide group and as part of that had to show that she was able to fund raise (didn’t tell me until after the event that this is because she’ll be going away on a trip…!).
What better to do than make cakes she decided….AHA! Make CAKE POPS, that’s what’s better! I’d seen a book on making cake pops before – the old fashioned (although of course this is a fairly new phenomenon) way was to use stale cake, break it up and then goo it back together, which leaves me a bit shivery. I was then browsing through the Lakeland website and came across their Cake Pop Maker. What a good investment I thought!
It duly arrived and my daughter invited her friend around for a Sunday afternoon making session! We watched the handy video on the website and off we went…..or rather, off they went! This really was simple enough for the two girls (both 13) to get on and use themselves. The machine comes with recipes and easy to follow instructions to save you having to re-watch the video every 5 minutes. They had spray oil which made things very easy and soon got used to the amount of mixture they needed to use each time. The only really fiddly bit was the chocolate dipping and topping plopping! One great TOP TIP from the video was to use the poly packaging inside the cakepop maker box to stand up your cakepops to allow them to dry (I was well impressed!). The only thing that didn’t really work was the popping candy that they put on the cakepops. As the candy had to be spooned onto the pops it soon went soggy and the pops had to go into the fridge to cool down meaning even more sogginess. The girls said they were still a little crackly the following day, but they’d probably not use them over sprinkles next time (next time?!).
I think the only downside was that the girls decided to make up another mixture and make mini doughnuts straight after a couple of hours intensive cakepop making and they did get a bit bored by the end (“mum, Annabelle’s in the middle of my new hair do…could you get out the doughnuts, put them in the sugar, take the other ones out of the sugar and…..”) but they had been going at it for HOURS by then so really I should be admiring their stamina instead of moaning!
The results looked pretty good, even if I say so myself!