Thursday, 30 October 2014

Funfetti Cake Pops

Yummy vanilla cake pops dipped in orange candy melts and sprinkled with fun colourful funfetti.


funfetti halloween cake pops

One more sleep till Halloween. So why not  treat you little trick or treaters children to some funfetti cake pop sweetness. Get them to help with making the cake pops as well.

Funfetti Halloween Cake Pops

Start off  by baking your favorite cake recipe and leave it to cool. Trim crust off the cake and crumble the cake . I get my assistant Esme involved at the point. She is very good cake crumbler ( is that even a word). Mix in frosting a little at a time until you have a good consistency. Using a small ice cream scoop, to have all the balls the same size, scoop up some of your cake and roll into a ball. Cake pops can be chilled in the fridge until chilled or in freezer for 15 minutes. Remove from freezer and out in fridge until ready to dip. Melt candy melts at 30 second intervals stirring in between until melted.
Then get to dipping.

funfetti halloween cake pops

Dip cake pop in one swoop. Double dipping may result in the cake pop falling off the stick.

Funfetti Halloween Cake Pops

Coat cake pops with funfetti whilst wet. Leave to dry and then enjoy.

funfetti halloween cake pops

My little madam couldn't wait. lol

funfetti halloween cake pops


Printable Recipe
Funfetti  Cake Pops
Prep Time: 2 hours 
Total Time: 2.5 hours
Yield: 12 cake pops

Ingredients

For the cake

150g caster sugar
150g unsalted butter, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
150g all purpose(plain flour)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

You will also need

Two baking sheets
Parchment Paper
Large mixing bowl
450g container of ready made frosting
340g candy melts
Deep, microwave safe  bowl or cup
Lollipop Sticks


Instructions

To make cake
  1.  Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius (315 F/Gas Mark 2-3). Grease, line with non stick baking paper 
  2. Cream butter and sugar on medium until light and fluffy about 5 minutes
  3. Add eggs one by one, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl with spatula. If mixture curdles add a teaspoon of flour.
  4. Add the vanilla and mix until combined
  5. Sift in the flour and mix thoroughly.
  6. Pour mixture into tin, place in oven and bake for 30 minutes or until toothpick or skewer inserted in centre comes out clean
  7. Leave cake to stand in tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto wire rack to cool.
To make Cake pops
  1. Line baking sheets with non stick baking paper.
  2. Trim any crust off the cake. Crumble the cooled cake into a large bowl.
  3. Add small amounts of icing to cake crumbs. Using the back of a spoon mix up the icing and cake until fully incorporated. If you find your cake not holding together well, you can add small amounts of icing until you get a good consistency. ( Please note you do not want to add too much icing or cake balls will be too moist)
  4. Using an ice cream scoop to make sure your cake balls are of consistent size, scoop out your cake and then using your hands rolls them into balls and place on lined sheet pan.
  5. Let them rest for 20 minutes before chilling.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and  chill balls in freezer until firm not frozen. About 15 minutes. You want the balls to be firm but not frozen.
  7. Melt candy melts in microwave in 30 second bursts until melted, stirring between each interval.  Make sure not to overheat the coating. If coating is too thick add vegetable oil to thin it.
  8. Transfer cake pops to fridge and take out a few cake balls to work with. Keep the rest of the cake balls in the fridge so that they stay firm
  9. Dip one at a time about 1/2 an inch of the lollipop stick into the melted candy melt and then insert the lollipop stick straight into a cake ball, making sure to push not more than halfway through.  Put your cake pops in the fridge to chill for dipping. 
  10. Take the lollipop stick with the cake ball attached and dip the entire cake into the melted candy melts until it is completely covered. Remove the cake pop from the melted candy by pulling it straight up.
  11. Hold cake pop over bowl/ cup and use the other hand to gently tap  allowin the excess coating to fall off evenly. Rotate the lollipop stick to allow the coating to fall off evenly.
  12. After most of the excess coating has fallen off and it is no longer dripping, sprinkle funfetti all over cake pop 
  13. Set the cake pop on  a lined baking sheet or plate and leave until completely dry.
  14. Repeat with the remaining cake pops

Notes:
  • Before dipping cake pops have to be firm not frozen
  • It's easier to coat cake pops with a thinner consistency candy coating
  • Re- submerging the cake pop after it has been dipped once will cause the cake pop to fall off the lollipop stick
  • Resist the temptation to stir the coating with the cake pop. This may cause your cake to fall off the lollipop stick into the candy coating

funfetti halloween cake pops






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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Soft Baked Ginger Crinkle Cookies

Wonderfully soft baked chewy ginger crinkle cookies.

 soft baked ginger crinkle cookies

The countdown to Christmas has began. I can't believe how quickly the year has flown by. The weather has gone left , which has made be contemplate bringing out my coat and gloves. But the moment i do that then impending winter becomes real. Not a fan of the cold. What i do love is all the spiced foods and drinks served and sold when it gets cold.

So why not treat your taste buds to some soft baked ginger crinkle cookies. These cookies are soft baked ,puffy and chewy. With an infusion of fiery ginger, spices and mollases these cookies have a spicy kick that will excite.


soft baked ginger crinkle cookies


These cookies are perfect with a mug of spiced hot chocolate or cold milk or a latte or any drink you love. Why not make a batch and enjoy them.

soft baked ginger crinkle cookies


Printable Recipe
Soft Baked Ginger Crinkle Cookies
Prep Time: 40 minutes( including chilling)
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 18 cookies

Ingredients

300g (21/2 cups) plain or all purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons mixed spices
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
160g (2/3 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
130g (2/3 cup) brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
90g (1/2 cup) mollases
50g (1/4 cup) granulated sugar for rolling


Instructions
  1. Sift flour, ginger, mixed spice, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large bowl.
  2. In the stand of a mixer beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy about 3 minutes.Scrape down the sides of bowl as needed.
  3. Add egg, vanilla extract and mollasses and beat well until well combined.
  4. Gently add flour mixture to wet mixture . Do not overmix. 
  5. Cover dough with a plastic wrap and chill in fridge for 20 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celcius, Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Add  granulated sugar to a small bowl. Scoop two tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball, then roll into sugar. Place balls on the baking sheet 2 inches apart
  8. Bake in oven for 9 minutes then take out of oven and press down dough using the back of a fork or spoon (this helps give the crinkle look). Place back in oven for 1 more minute.
  9. Remove cookies from oven , cookies will be thick and soft in the middle. Leave cookies to cool on baking tray for 5 minutes, then continue cooling on wire racks.

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Monday, 20 October 2014

American Style Cinnamon Pancakes with Maple Syrup

Simple fluffy American style pancakes with an extra special cinnamon twist.

American style cinnamon pancakes



American style cinnamon pancakes make a special birthday breakfast. These cinnamon pancakes are just tasty. The addition of cinnamon just give a spiced taste to this simple recipe. For my birthday over the weekend i thought i would treat myself and family to these extra delicious cinnamon pancakes. The flavour of this pancake is just awesome.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Confetti Funfetti Celebration Cupcakes

Fluffy, soft confetti funfetti cupcakes that are perfect for any celebration.

confetti funfetti vanilla cupcakes October is a triple birthday celebration in my family, mine included. Whoop! Whoop! Last week there where 2 birthdays back to back so confetti funfetti celebration cupcakes where needed. Social media particularly Pinterest introduced me to funfetti, confetti, hundreds and thousands, sugar strands and all sprinkles. I love confetti funfetti so much i have made a Vanilla Confetti Cake , Funfetti Ice Cream and Funfetti Sugar Cookie Sandwiches. The confetti funfetti fever is deep.