It’s been an age since I did a baking post and I’ve really missed it. Over Christmas I had the luxury of time and the benefit of a spacious kitchen which meant an increase in festive sweets and treats.
But since returning to London and the general madness that the new year has brought, I’ve reluctantly hung up my apron and am ashamed to say that until this weekend hadn’t even tried out my new cakepop machine which was the toast of Christmas.
So with Valentines around the corner I thought I’d finally get my apron out of hiding and get back in the kitchen. (I’m not normally one for celebrating Valentines but any c’mon any excuse for cake!)
I’m calling them Valentines Cakepops (original I know) but if you really want to squeeze it out of me they are simply a red velvet cake mixture which I’ve decorated with white and red icing and topped off with chocolate hearts!
Here’s how it’s done… (I have obviously used my Cakepop machine but you can use the same recipe for cupcakes)
1/4 Cup Butter
3/4 Cup Sugar
1 tbsp red food colouring
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp white vinegar
1 cup plain flour
2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy
2. Mix in the egg, buttermilk, red food colouring and vanilla
3. stir in baking soda and vinegar
4. combine the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Stir into the batter until blended
5. Pour into cakepop pastry wells (or spoon into a normal cake tin)
6. Close and cook for 3-7 mins (or 10-15 mins at 200C in the oven)
7. Remove and leave to cool
8. Once cool skewer the cake pops onto bamboo sticks and make a simple white icing. Spread icing all over the cakepop (I also added a red swirl using a icing pen) and leave to set. (the icing does run down the stick but you can tidy this up afterwards)
9. Melt chocolate and using a cookie cutter pour melted chocolate onto a piece of greaseproof paper several times and leave in the fridge to set
10. Once set place the chocolate hearts on top of the cakepop.
I’m yet to try them but GB seems happy, and overall they were a fairly easy Valentines gift!