Cake balls or cake pops – whatever we call them their awesome taste does not change. Had heard of them and seen many recipes but never ever tried them. But a cake went wrong gave me the opportunity to try these yummy cake pops. Yes, I kind of over cooked a chocolate cake. No doubt the taste was good but the texture had a problem. It was a bit too dry. Being a fairly large cake I did not know what to do with it when the idea of trying out these cake pops occurred. And I am happy with the outcome.
They prove to be a perfect gift for any occasion. With only a little bit of effort simple cakes can be transformed into mouth watering, great looking delicacies.
Let us make them now.
- One 10cm round chocolate cake or an equivalent size in any other shape. (Egg or eggless is your preference)
- 3 Tbsp Ganache or chocolate frosting
- Good quality dark cooking chocolate – not giving any specific amount here but a bowl full of two cups should be enough. There has to be enough to comfortably dip the balls completely. Once done there is bound to be left over chocolate which can be used for some other recipe.
Break the cake into small pieces and crumble all of it. Some people prefer to whizz it in the mixer but it is perfectly fine if crumbled by hand. I have done it by hand.
With all lumps removed it is time to add the ganache or frosting, whichever one you are using. Mix very well to end up getting a cake dough. Something like this:
Now is the time to make the balls. Take small chunks of the dough and roll between palms to make small balls. The size is completely upon you as to what you prefer. Place the prepared balls on a parchment paper and leave them in the fridge to cool a bit.
|Cake balls without the chocolate coating|
Once cool the balls are ready to be dipped in melted chocolate. One by one dip each ball in the melted chocolate and return to the parchment paper to solidify. When set you can decorate as desired. In this recipe I have decorated with white chocolate piping poured from a piping bag.
|Cake balls ready with decoration|
Similarly I have made cake pops by placing the balls on lolly sticks. The size is a bit smaller and there is an additional step of inserting the stick. This has to be done before the chocolate layer coating is applied. Follow the steps given here to make the pops.
- Make holes with the lolly sticks in all the cake balls.
- Dip each stick in melted chocolate and insert in the balls.
- Place upside down on a parchment paper and allow the sticks to get firm in the balls. You can keep them in the fridge for some time.
- Once the sticks are firmly set dip each lolly one by one in the melted chocolate. Make sure to allow all the excess chocolate to drip off the balls.
- When you see the chocolate setting on the ball with no more dripping fix each stick on a thermacol or Styrofoam sheet and allow to dry. Decoration with white chocolate can be done after the balls have set. If using any kind of sprinkles do it when the chocolate is slightly warm and in liquid form. It will stick better.