No matter how hard you try, Christmas gifts for your loved ones inevitably appear just a little bit impersonal. If the run of the mill scarf, soaps and perfumes aren’t going to hit the mark this year, or you just want to add something special to a practical but bland present, baking is a great cost effective gift to liven up your presents.
These cake pops are brilliant if your baking skills aren’t top-notch, and they don’t require many specialist tools. If you find yourself stuck for last minute ideas or simply want to impress Christmas guests, cake pops will definitely satisfy a sweet-toothed friend or family member and can be decorated as festive as you wish. By mixing the cake crumbs with a Nutella cream cheese frosting you get a lovely smooth texture and a full chocolate flavour encased in a chocolate shell, making these treats too tasty to stop at just one pop!
Ingredients (makes about 25 pops!):
For the sponge:
- 115g self-raising flour, sieved
- 115g caster sugar
- 115g softened unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
- 3 eggs
- ½ tsp vanilla essence
For the frosting (to bind the crumbs):
- 30g unsalted butter
- 225g cream cheese
- 60g icing sugar, sieved
- 150g Nutella
- 300g milk Belgian chocolate
- white chocolate stars
- 25-30 cake pop sticks (easily found online)
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease and line a cake tin.
2. Begin by making a simple sponge. Beat the caster sugar and butter together until smooth and creamy.
3. Beat the eggs together with the vanilla essence. Add to the butter and sugar with a tablespoon of flour at a time to prevent the mixture from curdling. Add the rest of the flour and mix until smooth.
4. Pour the cake mixture into the tin and bake for around 20 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and springs back when touched.
5. Allow the cake to cool completely on a cooling rack. When the cake is entirely cooled, crumble the cake into a bowl either with a food processor or by hand.
6. To make the Nutella cream cheese icing, in a separate bowl mix together the cream cheese, icing sugar, Nutella and butter using an electric whisk until smooth and creamy.
7. Combine the Nutella cream cheese icing with the cake crumbs until the mixture sticks together.
8. Form the mixture into small balls with your hands and place onto a tray covered with a sheet of foil.
9. Melt the Belgian chocolate in a bain-marie. Dip the ends of the cake pop sticks into the chocolate and poke the cake pop sticks into the cake rounds. Refrigerate until the chocolate has set.
10. Dip the cake pops into the melted chocolate until completely covered and stand them downwards on the foil. Decorate with white chocolate stars and wait for them to set. Wrap the cake pops in cellophane, finishing with some ribbon and present your loved ones with a delicious homemade treat!
Images&Recipe By, Charlotte Raffe from WebofBakes