12 February 2013

Cick Pops

I made these sweeties a few days ago as a test running for Easter. They take a little time to make but are so cute that it's definitely worth the effort. Mine might not look quite as pinterest-professional as I would have liked them to, but next to a normal cake on the table they are still quite impressive. I used this recipe for the cake pops (you can basically use every cake-pop recipe there is for the inner dough) and changed it a bit so that it would suit my purpose. 

Chick Pop Easter Delights

You Need:

35 cake pop sticks

For the Dough

1 1/8 cups (2 sticks) butter 
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1tsp baking powder
1tbsp lemon zest (fresh from organic lemons)
1tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup cream cheese
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
4 tbsp lemon juice (not from fresh lemons!)
4 tbsp lemon zest (from fresh organic lemons)

For the Icing

2 cups of white chocolate coating
yellow food coloring
eatable colors to paint the chick face

For the dough, first mix butter and sugar for some minutes to get a fluffy mass. Add the eggs one after the other wile stirring. Strain the dry ingredients and mix them under the fluffy dough. Bake in a loaf tin for 45 minutes at 350°F in the preheated oven.

Let the cake cool down completely before taking the next step.

Now make the frosting. For that, whisk soft butter and cream cheese until you have a creamy mass. Add the powdered sugar, the lemon zest and the lemon juice. Now you should have a very light and very tasty) creamy mass.

As soon as the cake has cooled down completely remove all dark spots and all the brown crust so that you have only the soft and light inner cake. Now take a big bowl and crumble the soft cake into the smallest possible peaces. Add the frosting cream and mix it all with your hands until you have a soft and even dough-like mass.

Now the fun starts. With your hands form little balls. You can vary the size of them a bit, depending on how large you want your chicks to be. 

Once the little balls are all formed, put them in the fridge for at least one hour. 

Let the chocolate coating slowly melt in a hot water bath. When it's liquid enough, add the yellow food color until the chocolate is as yellow as you want your chicks to be. (I would have wanted mine to become much more yellow but I was out of color and did not realize it until the chocolate had already melted... )

Put the sticks into your dough balls and dip the cake pops into the chocolate until they are completely covered. 

Let them dry at least 1 hour!

Now you can start with the chicken art. Paint little dots as eyes in the middle of the chicken, then add a litte beak and feet at the sides. You can also leave out the feet, then you only have a head instead of a full-body chick. The possibilities are endless here, but I think that the chicks look best with little dot eyes and big red feet :)


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