White Choc Caramel Macadamia Cake Pops
If I'm being 100% honest, I was hoping I wouldn't be jumping on the 'cake pop' band wagon. It's not that I dislike them, it’s just that since I was little I've had this aversion to doing the same thing as everyone else. The girls at my school played netball, I rode dirt bikes, the other girls were getting pet guinea pigs and rabbits, I got a snake... you get the drift, I like to be different.
But when a caramel macadamia streusel cake gets stuck in its tin, well, you just don't waste macadamia nuts in this house!!
Soo, the cake pop weaselled its way into The Hoskins Hens kitchen, and as much as this next sentence pains me to say.... I'm a fan! And not just because of the fun of them, but because these little cakes really are the most beautifully moist cakes you've ever eaten!
MY TIPS FOR MASTERING THIS BAKE
#1 Grease the base and sides of your cake tin, then place a circle of parchment paper in the base, and strips around the edges. The butter under the parchment paper will hold it in place and prevent it from slipping when you pour in your batter.
If you’re also worried about your baking paper sticking to the cake a little, you can go one step further by greasing the baking paper and sifting a thin layer of flour onto it.
#2 When incorporating eggs into any batter, whisk them lightly with a fork before adding them to the batter! This way, you won't end up with streaks of egg white through your batter and avoid eggy chunks in your finished product.
#3 The first time your roll you cake pop balls, they make be a little 'hairy' ie. their surface isn't perfectly smooth because the batter is soft, and your hands are warm. To achieve a perfectly smooth surface to ganache, roll or pat them down gently as soon as they are retrieved from the fridge. The cold batter will compress and form a perfectly smooth surface.
#4 If you wish to dip your cake pops into your white chocolate ganache, be it due to the look you're going for or because you want your pop completely covered, ensure you insert your cake pop skewers into the cake pop a slight angle to avoid them slipping off the end when dipped, and do so BEFORE they're refrigerated to ensure that they harden around the stick.
pssst: you can make cake pops out of any boxed cake mix, just bake the cake, make the frosting and mix them together as is instructed above.
Be sure to send us a photo of your batch and let us know how ‘yummy’ it was!