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Our son birthday is getting closer! I was thinking to bake some nice sweet goodness for him and his friends.
I always wanted to try baking Cake Pops. I think they are funny. Further, in Sweden it has been a very bad and rainy august and I would like to cheer up the mood with some colours!
Maybe those “Orange-Flavoured Chocolate Cake Pops” will fit the purpose.
Did You save the sponge cake from the last week dessert as I suggested? You will need it to do those very tasty Cake Pops.
The fact that those little coloured, funny and tasty balls fit for kids, does not forbid grown ups to enjoy them. I am sure that with a Cointreau twist, everyone will appreciate them.
So, let’s see how to prepare the grown ups version of the Orange flavoured Cake Pops.
Note:to prepare the cakes for Your kids, You just need to substitute Cointreau with orange juice or simply skip this ingredient. They will be as tasty.
(enough for 20 Cake Pops)
1/2 sponge cake (You can use the one You saved last time, otherwise You could see the recipe at http://blog.kokidoo.se/?p=513
Chocolate ganache (Below there is the recipe)
300 g chocolate or candy melts
Sprinkles for decoration
20 cake pop sticks
100 g dark chocolate
1 dl cream
20 g butter
1 tsp cointreau (optional)
This time I will try to post the recipe in easy-to-read steps. Let’s see how does it go and what You think.
Chop the chocolate finely and place it in a bowl
Pour the cream in a saucepan and place it over medium-low heat until simmering.
Pour the cream over the chocolate and stir to completely melt the chocolate.
Add the butter and stir until the butter has melted.
Add the cointreau (optional) and stir everything so you will have a glossy ganache.
Let it cool until it is thick (a few hours)
Beat it until You the ganache is fluffy and has lightened in color (about 1 or 2 minutes).
How did it go so far? You like better if it is written in easy-to-read steps?
Add the sponge cake to a large bowl, cut the hard outer edges, and crumble the cake into fine crumbs.
Add the ganache and incorporate it with your hands.
Roll the mixture into balls and place them on a plate.
Refridgerate the cake balls. In the meantime, you can melt the chocolate (or candy melt) over a bain marie.
Dip the top of a cake pop stick in the chocolate (or candy melt) and insert it into a cake ball about half-way.
Repeat the previous step for all the cake balls and then freeze them for about 20 minutes.
In the meantime the cake pops are in the freezer, You can fix the decorations:
Pour sprinkles in a bowl.
Transfer the chocolate (or candy melt) to a smaller cup to make it easier to submerge the cake pops.
Remove the cake pops from the freezer and dip them in the chocolate (candy melt). Note: let the excess chocolate drip off then quickly
Add sprinkles before the chocolate hardens.
Put the cake pops in a stand (you can for example use styrofoam, an empty carton box or a colander)
When everything is done, put Your nice and tasty Pops in the fridge.
Now, the last thing You need to do is to Enjoy them!
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