This past Saturday was my sister-in-laws baby shower and I volunteered to make a cake. After a few times I decided to attempt cake pops again. I was told that carrot cake was her favorite so I decided carrot cake pops dipped in white chocolate. I had seen pictures of baby shower cake pops that looked like little babies wrapped in a blanket. Thinking, how hard can that be, I made the attempt myself. Why on earth I do these things to myself I will never know. I love baking, but decorating is not my strongest suit. I ran into a few problems and had to rush around last minute to find a solution. Originally I was going to use a cake decorating pen to draw a face and nose but I discovered last minute that cake pens don’t write on chocolate. I have to say even though the dummy looked more like a big nose everyone thought they were cute and they tasted wonderful. The recipe for the carrot cake is by far the best one I have tried.
Carrot Cake Pops
(1 1/4 c.) vegetable oil
(2 c.) white sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
(2 c.) plain flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
(3 c.) grated carrots
(1/2 c.) butter, softened
(8 oz) cream cheese, softened
(4 c.) confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
450g White Chocolate
recipe from allrecipes
Preheat oven to 175C (350 F). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, white sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla.
Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, cool completely.
In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Crumple the cake into a food processor. Add the icing into the food processor and pulse until combined with the cake.Put the cake mixture into the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
While the cake balls are in the fridge melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Make sure not to over cook it.
Dip the lollipop sticks into the chocolate. Stick the lollipop stick into the cake balls pushing half way. Allow to set, about 10 minutes.
To dry the cake pops you will want to use something like styrofoam to place the sticks in to allow the chocolate to completely dry. I was able to find some styrofoam that came apart of some packaging. Make sure that you make the holes first instead of punching the sticks through as at this stage they are very delicate.
You want the chocolate to be completely hardened. If you don’t want to decorate them you can stop at here and they are delicious. I used a icing pen for the hair and some sequin decorations for the eyes. The dummy is made from candied necklace beads. I then took cupcake wrappers and carefully wrapped the cake pop like a blanket and tied with with a ribbon.