Thursday, 27 February 2014

"Free-From" Cake Pops

Having discovered that our Half Term was full of appointments I wanted to make the twins
something special for their birthday, but something I could make in advance.

So, I duly purchased a silicone cake pop mould and thought it would be easy. It wasn't! The sticks wouldn't hold even with melted chocolate to seal them in, the cake was too crumbly..... and I ended up making the usual birthday cakes at 11pm the night before.

I also decided I was never going to attempt cake pops again, until last week when I came across Emily Leary's Cake Pop recipe.


(I highly recommend her site, the "Recipe of the Week" is a regular link up with lots of new ideas, several of which I have adapted to make a "free from" version for ourselves.) 

Anyway, inspired once again I decided it was worth a second try. Without the mould....

Free From Cake Pops
Gluten free, dairy free, soya free, wheat free, could be egg free

You will have to read the recipe/details on Emily's site, they are easy to follow and with better photos than I can muster with my trusty iPhone. Here are the changes I made to make them "free from". 

1) Either make some chocolate cake to crumble, or cheat. It's been a hectic week so I actually grabbed a couple of boxes of free from chocolate brownies, which happened to be half price in Waitrose as it was near their sell by date.

2) The Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge frosting is fine for us, check the ingredients but I was (very) pleasantly surprised. 


So this was the first part completed. 
NB I either recommend you buy double quantity or make these without the children. They WILL eat half the mixture..... (whereas as I only ate a small amount of course. *ahem* )

In the fridge they went whilst I tried to source some "melts" Emily used Renshaw's but I couldn't find any, so decided to melt some safe chocolate. 

NB The cake pops MUST be fridge temperature for this to set quickly. Lay out some tinfoil ready to let them set on, and let excess chocolate dribble off before dipping in the toppings.

The dip in your chosen topping. My two love strawberries which both tolerate, so I bought some freeze dried strawberries as a treat.

The result:-


In the immortal words of Dora the Explorer, 

We did it!!!


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27 comments:

  1. Oh my wooooooow! I'm so excited - they are brilliant!!!!

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  2. Yay! Glad you were able to get your cake pops made - the first time I made them they were a bit of a disaster - candy melts do not like me!

    I do love them though - they're so cute!

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  3. They look great! I think I am going to have to try and make some cake pops x

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  4. They look brill. I have yet to make cake pops.

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  5. They are sooo good :D I love making cake pops x

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  6. Well done for attempting them again! It is still something I have yet to tackle but I definitely want to give them a try.

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  7. You did a great job - they almost look like magic fairy wands! I'm a little scared of trying cake pops (after seeing one too many Pinterest fails), but you have made this look possible for a mortal to achieve! :)

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  8. I have pinned Emily's version as I have never made cake pops before but it looked like the easiest way to tackle them and you are the proof! Your cake pops look fantastic and the fact that they are 'free from' is an added bonus. I love the idea of having to buy double cake mix too as I know mine would eat all the cake too!

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  9. Wow , I'm so impressed, these just look amazing.

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  10. they look tasty! I made some cake pops for my wedding and haven't tried again since! I really should but they are fiddly!

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  11. These look divine! It's Gwen's birthday coming up, and I might make these for her little friends when they come round....

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  12. I bought the sticks and some little bags so the girls could make some cake pops but we never got round to it. We're hoping to make some next week because Kaycee got a cake pop kit for Christmas and is eager to make them!
    Yours look lovely :)

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  13. I love the idea of putting the strawberries on top.

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  14. I've never made cake pops, so I guess I am going to have to try this aren't I? Good on you for braving them again x

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  15. They look great, think we may have a try this weekend!

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  16. I've been building up strength to attempt cake pops, maybe one day...!

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  17. I think cake pops are still going to have to pass me by I think.Too much hassle and expense for me.They do make a lovely idea for a birthday parties.

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  18. I love making cake pops...but I cheated and bought a cake pop machine from tesco ;)

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  19. Thank you so much for linking to 52 cook books! They look amazing. Loving your blog - I'm off to have a wander round and learn new things!

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  20. They are on my To Do list, but I worry about storage... did you find a solution for storing them?

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    1. They went quite fast - not many to store lol! But end to end lying down in a tupperware worked for me :)

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  21. I haven't made cake pops before, these look delicious :-) #52CookBooks

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  22. They look delicious and loving the fact that the kids ate half the mixture before you ready to get baking x

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  23. How fab that you got to enjoy them too :o)

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  24. I've never really got to grips with cake pops. Trying these and hopeful of better results! #FreeFromFridays.

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  25. Ah well done! They look delicious!

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