¾ cups plain flour
½ tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
⅓ cup granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup full fat milk
Slab of chocolate covering for cake (or chocolate, but I had cake covering in the cupboard (as you do))
Cake pop maker
Cake release spray
Sticks (for the cake pops, I don't mean random sticks from the garden obvs)
Tray covered in baking parchment
(makes about 15 cake pops)
Method1. Turn on the cake pop maker and spray the inside with a little cake release spray.
2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
3. Using a food mixer (or not, your call) beat the butter until pale and fluffy, then gradually beat in the sugar until its fully incorporated.
4. Next, reduce the speed and beat in the egg, the egg yolk and the vanilla.
5. Reduce the speed again to low and gradually add the flour and milk (alternating) to the mix until its all blended.
6. Spoon a little of the batter into each cake "hole" (about ¾ of the way), then dollop a little peanut butter and a little jam into the centre. Spoon a little more of the batter onto the top (so its about to go over the brim). Close and cook for about 6mins.
7. Once the cake pops are cooked, carefully ease them out and put on a wire rack to cool. Make more batches.
|The perfectionist in me is disappointed in the lack of roundness, but what are you going to do eh?|
8. Break the chocolate covering into even(ish) chunks and melt in a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water (or microwave it - I just don't have a microwave and yes I am ok with that). Once its all melted, take it off the heat.
9. Carefully put a stick in a cake pop (its a bit fiddly as the filling makes them a little unstable) and even more carefully dump into the melted chocolate and cover the whole thing in chocolate. Put the cake pop cake side down onto the baking parchment. Repeat with all the other cakes and let cool.
10. EAT ALL OF THEM AT ONCE.
|Yes that's a steering wheel. I had a cake pop for breakfast. Don't judge me.|
This was all a bit of an experiment not least because I'd never used a cake pop maker before so I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. Personally I think the texture of the cake was a bit close so I'll probably switch up the recipe a bit. It could also be that the PB&J center affected the bake (ooooh I sound all Mary Berry!). Regardless it'll need some refinement work which will mean a lot of tasting and then more tasting.