On to phase two of our Wednesday afternoon baking session ! After trying out a gluten-free cheesebread mix, we decided to investigate an Asda Home Baking Cake Pop Kit that was also hiding in the baking cupboard. Now, I've always loved the idea of cake pops - lollipops made of cake, if you're not familiar with the concept - but I always thought they'd be really fiddly and incredibly fragile so the chances of succeeding would be slim. I hoped that using a kit would make it all much simpler.
We unpacked the kit and Juliette thought the contents looked very intriguing. There is a bag of biscuit crumbs, an icing pouch of chocolate frosting, a bag of chocolate buttons, some edible gold glitter, cake pop sticks and a stand.
The first stage was emptying the biscuit crumbs into a bowl. There were some rather large lumps so I told Juliette to smash the bag to bits with a spoon before we cut the top off - she thought this part was great fun !
The chocolate frosting needs to be squeezed out of the pouch and mixed in with the biscuit crumbs now. Juliette didn't need my help at all so far.
It intitially looked quite dry but with a bit more mixing and squishing with the back of a spoon, it did actually end up having a homogenous moist texture.
We rolled them into five balls and put them in the fridge to chill. (Despite the word cake in the name, there is actually no cooking involved whatsoever.)
Juliette stuck the sticks in and declared that it looked like the O2 arena from the Olympic games !
After melting the chocolate buttons in the microwave - the instructions suggest heating the chocolate in 20 second bursts but one 20 second burst was all it needed - the biscuity balls (yes, I know that sounds painful !!) need to be rolled in the melted chocolate then in the edible glitter. As I feared, they did crumble a bit at this stage but I just squished the whole thing back into shape and the melted chocolate held it all together.
We ran out of glitter so Juliette looked in the baking cupboard and found some flower and dolphin-shaped sugar sprinkles so we finished them off with those, which actually looked really funky. Of the six cake pops, only one totally fell apart which wasn't actually as bad as it could have been ! They were all eaten up in record time by the kids, even the broken one.
The final verdict was that they are nice but it's a lot of messing around for what you end up with and that the cake pops need to be firmer. It's still an enjoyable kit to make with the kids on a rainy afternoon though.
star rating : 4/5
RRP : £2.98 for 235g
Disclosure : I received an Asda Home Baking Cake Pop Kit in order to write an honest review.
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