If you’re looking for a recipe to help keep the kids occupied over the summer holidays, look no further than my White Chocolate and Raspberry Cake Pops recipe.
You don’t need a cake pop maker or mould to make these – simply crumble up some sponge cake, mix it up with some cream cheese frosting, roll the mixture into golf ball sized pieces, then pop them into the freezer to firm up. Once firm, insert the lolly sticks, dip them in melted chocolate, then get decorating.
Children can help roll the mixture into balls and will enjoy decorating the cake pops however they please – I decorated mine with pieces of freeze-dried raspberry, but you can get creative with colourful sprinkles, popping candy, or even chopped nuts!
Gluten Free White Chocolate and Raspberry Cake Pops
For the cake pops:
125g unsalted butter
125g caster sugar
100g gluten free self-raising flour
25g cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 large egg
2 tbsp milk
200g cream cheese
200g icing sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
16 cake pop sticks
300g white chocolate
Freeze dried raspberry pieces or sprinkles of your choice.
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/gas mark 4.
2. Grease and line an 8-inch cake tin with greaseproof paper.
3. To make the sponge cake, cream together the butter and caster sugar with an electric hand mixer until light a fluffy. Add a tablespoon of flour, then add the eggs a bit a time whilst beating the mixture thoroughly. Fold through the remaining flour, cocoa and baking powder until all the ingredients are fully combined, then fold through the milk.
4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin, then bake for 20 – 25. The cake is ready when is firm to touch. You can check if the middle is cooked by inserting a skewer through the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean, the cake is ready.
5. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for a few minutes, before turning it out onto a rack to finish cooling completely.
6. Whilst the cake is cooling, make the cream cheese frosting: place the cream cheese, vanilla extract and icing sugar into a large bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer until the ingredients are just combined.
7. Once the cake has cooled, crumble it up into a large bowl then fold through the cream cheese icing until you are left with sticky and pliable cake pop mixture.
8. Roll the mixture into 16 golf ball sized pieces then place them onto a baking tray to firm up for 15 minutes.
9. Slowly melt 50g of white chocolate (if you use a microwave make sure it’s on a medium setting so that it doesn’t burn).
10. Dip the tip of a cake pop stick into the melted chocolate and then gently insert it into one of the cake pops. Repeat until all the cake pops are on sticks and return them to the freezer for a further hour to set completely.
After the cake pops have been on the freezer for one hour, you will notice they are almost completely frozen – this will make it easier to coat them in chocolate as the cake pop won’t melt when it comes in contact with the warm chocolate. The cake pops will soon be brought back to room temperature and then can be eaten!
11. Melt the remaining chocolate. Dip the cake pops into the melted chocolate one a time, let any excess chocolate drip off, then dip each one into the freeze-dried raspberry pieces or sprinkles of your choice.
If the cake pops are frozen the chocolate will set quickly so you will need to be quite speedy – its worth having a few extra pairs of hands ready to help.
12. Place them onto baking parchment to allow them to finish setting. The cake pops should have a thawed completely after about 5 to 10 minutes, then enjoy!
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