Monday, 3 June 2013

Blackcurrant Cake Pops

Cake Pops

Cake pops, like rum truffles, are widely known to be a good way to mop up leftover cake. But... leftover cake? As in cake, left over? Who ever heard of such a thing? Like any sensible person, I scoffed at the idea, and put it out of my mind.

And then the other day I made a battenberg cake, and ended up trimming some of the edges, and suddenly I was faced with just such an unimaginable scenario.

Hence, cake pops.

Cake Pops

I'd already put some ground almonds into the cake, and because it was a blackcurrant battenberg, I'd included blackcurrant juice in the pink half. (Yes, half my cake crumbs were pink. You could hardly tell once they were all covered in chocolate, though.) I thought it would make sense to continue the theme, so I threw in some extra ground almonds and used blackcurrant jam to bind the pops together.

Of course, cake pops are inherently a bit silly. That's part of their charm - but if you were feeling more sensible, you could equally well skip the sticks and just serve these as truffles. I decorated the cake pops with a simple chocolate drizzle in a contrasting colour, but the possibilities are endless.

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Blackcurrant & Almond Cake Pops
Makes 10

125g (5oz) leftover cake
2tbsp ground almonds
1tbsp blackcurrant jam
100g (4oz) dark chocolate
50g (2oz) white chocolate
  1. Melt the two types of chocolate in two separate bowls. I have a specific gadget for this, but you can equally well use a bowl over a pan of boiling water.
  2. While the chocolate is melting, crumble the cake into fine crumbs.
  3. Add the ground almonds and combine thoroughly.
  4. Work the jam into the cake crumbs with your fingers.
  5. Once the chocolate has melted, add half of the dark chocolate to the crumb mixture, and stir through the crumbs.
  6. Form the crumb mixture into 10 balls, and roll between your palms to round them into a nice shape. It's important to do this fairly quickly, before the chocolate hardens again.
  7. Dip half of the balls in dark chocolate, and half in white, to coat. I found the best method was to roll the ball in melted chocolate for a couple of seconds, then insert the stick into the ball to lift it out.
  8. Put aside until the chocolate coating has cooled and set.
  9. Re-melt the remaining chocolate. Drizzle dark chocolate over the white pops, and white chocolate over the dark pops, for contrasting decoration.
Cake Pops

Cake Pops

Cake Pops


Rachel said...

I seem to recall Fanny Craddock offered a similar idea, although hers were cone shaped. The pops might be a better idea, being a bit smaller, and only one mouthful instead of several!

Velva said...

These are quite pretty. No doubt just as delicious. I think they would be perfect served with a good fun glass of red wine.


grace said...

i feel like i'm really missing out here--i've never tasted blackcurrant jam! as a lover of all jams and jellies, i'm sure it'd become a quick favorite and i doubt i'd be able to part with it at all, even if it's to make these delicious cake pops!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Oh, they look delicious!

Charlotte Klein said...

These look so decadent and beautiful! I imagine I could eat quite a few in a sitting (and I wouldn't feel that guilty about it either!).

christine said...

how sweet:) lollipops for adults - no sharing with little folk, they look far too decadent!

Jane said...

YUM! These look incredible!

Stopping by from Sharefest. :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This look really wonderful!

Nina said...

Such a yoummy recipe - our boys will love these :-)

Tracie Nall said...

Mmmm. These cake pops look amazing!!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

These look so yummy!

Leslie McCain said...

Would love for you to share this at my link up where we pin all those who join to our party board

Johanna GGG said...

i love cake pops and your swirls are so pretty - I know just what you mean about leftover cake - what a strange idea!!!!

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