The last time I made cakepops, they were a disaster - most of them fell apart when I tried to get them on the sticks - so I wasn't overly keen about giving them another go, but when Juliette and Pierre saw a cakepops kit in Lidl, they begged to buy it and have another go. As you can see, they were both very enthusiastic !
The kit contained a bag of raspberry cake mix, a foil pack of chocolate, a sachet of sprinkles and a bag of lollipop sticks.
The cake mix just needs some water, oil and an egg adding to it. Pierre was very impressed with the way it magically turned from white to pink just by adding liquid !
I was more impressed by the way that he has totally mastered the art of cracking eggs into a bowl.
Pour the mixture into a cake tin and it's off to the oven for 25 minutes.
This resulted in one rather lovely lookking pink cake, which is a bit of a shame really, knowing what comes next (although the look on the kids' faces was priceless and more than made up for it !).
In a big bowl, smash the cake to smithereens (sob !) and mix in two tablespoons of soft margarine to make a soft "dough".
The next stage brought back holiday memories for Pierre from Tunisia a couple of years ago because he excitedly exclaimed "ooh look, we have to roll it into little balls like at the cake shop in Zarzis" ! The next generation of Madhouse Family globe-cooking foodies are ready in the wings !
Cooking is so much fun when it's like playing with modelling clay !
The kids got quite competitive over who could get the most perfect sphere !
The pack says you will get 16 but we got 21. Off to the fridge for 1/2 hour to firm up.
The foil bag contains solid chocolate that needs to be melted in a mug of hot water. We poured the sprinkles out on to a plate and we were ready to go. You push a stick into the ball of cake crumbs, dip it in chocolate then roll it in the sprinkles.
But we had another cakepop-fail because the first one broke in half and the second one slid down the stick - where are we going wrong ?!
It didn't matter - we decided to transform them into cakepop truffles instead and just ignored the sticks.
We had to add some extra sprinkles from the baking cupboard but, after an extra half hour in the fridge to totally set, the kids tucked in with gusto and declared them delicious.
We used a kit for simplicity but you could easily make these with basic store cupboard ingredients, making up a basic sponge cake or even using a shop-bought cake if you're short on time.
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