I love baking with my girls. One of our favourite things to make together is cupcakes – they’re quick and easy to make and the girls have the fun of decorating them too. Although I’ve made cupcakes with the girls several times, I’ve never tried making cake pops before. Being sent some products from Vivid’s Real Baking range, including the Cake Pops kit provided me with the perfect excuse to give it a try.
The kit comes with the moulds to make four cake pops, 12 lollipop sticks for the cake pops, two cone –shaped silicon moulds for making chocolate cones and a mould for making four mini doughnuts.
Making the cake pops was quite straightforward – after greasing the moulds, we mixed up our usual cake mixture and added ½ teaspoon of this to each section in the bottom half of the cake pop moulds. Once the mould was filled, we put the top half on and baked in the oven for 15 minutes (following the temperature and timings that we usually use for cupcakes).
We allowed the cake pops to cool in the moulds before I gently popped each of them out. I found that they stayed intact if I was careful with removing the mould. We then melted some chocolate and dipped the sticks in this before gently pushing the cake pop on to the stick, and leaving for the chocolate to set (a few minutes in the freezer). The cake pops were fairly fragile so I thought it was best to let the girls dip the sticks while I added the cake pops.
Once the sticks were firmly attached, we dipped the cake pops in melted chocolate and added sprinkles. We also used a couple of the cake pops to make mini ice-creams – putting a stick through the cone mould and filling with melted chocolate before adding a cake pop on top once the chocolate had set, and dipping the cake pop in melted chocolate and sprinkles as before.
I had to be quick with the photos as the girls couldn’t resist the cake pops for very long and they very soon disappeared – having been declared very yummy! We also tried out the doughnut moulds with the cake mix which worked well too.
The kit is aimed at children aged 5 and over. Jessica has only just turned five, and coped fairly well with filling the moulds and dipping the sticks in the chocolate but needed help with adding the cake pop so as not to break it. Sophie, at 3, needed more help with filling the moulds but still enjoyed using the kit. It’s definitely one we’ll be using again – my only real gripe is that you can only make four cake pops at a time with it, unless you have the patience to wait and refill it with cake mix after each set of cake pops has cooked (which I don’t!) It’s certainly made me realise how simple cake pops can be and we’ll definitely make them again – I just need to get myself some more moulds for next time!
Disclaimer: I was sent a set of Real Baking products from Vivid to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.