This week I’m baking – Birthday cake cake-pops

birthday cake cake pops

I love cake-pops. They are cute, easy to decorate and bite-size…but be warned, they are time-consuming so this is no Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals. If you don’t know what cake-pops are, they are basically small balls of cake coated in chocolate and placed on a stick, to resemble lollypops.

I made these birthday cake cake-pops for my cousin’s birthday, because nothing says lovin’ like somethin’ from the oven! Here’s how to make them…

1) Firstly, bake a normal chocolate or sponge cake. Any recipe will do, or if you feel like cheating a bit then just buy a ready-made cake from any supermarket. IMG_3867

2) Put the cake into the food processor until it looks like this…IMG_3870

3) To make the frosting – beat 225g cream cheese with 115g unsalted butter with an electric mixer. Then, with the mixer on low, slowly add 450g of icing sugar. Add vanilla extract and blend until the frosting is fluffy.

4) Mix the frosting with the cake but don’t add the frosting in one go. Do it bit by bit so you can get the right consistency. Add the frosting until you are able to make balls without the cake falling apart.

5) Make the cake balls. Tip – use an ice-cream scoop to get the same sized balls each time. IMG_3873

6) Place cake balls in the freezer for 10 minutes.

7) Cut them with a small cookie cutter so they look like birthday cakes. If you don’t have a cookie cutter this size…improvise! I used the container of a pencil sharpener. I did wash it before…promise!IMG_3877_2IMG_3878

8) Melt the chocolate.

9) Dip each cake-pop stick into the melted chocolate (about an inch) and then insert the stick into the bottom of each cake-pop.

10) Dip the whole cake-pop into the melted chocolate and tap off excess chocolate.

11) Cut or break birthday candles and place them on top of each cake pop.

12) Decorate with hundreds and thousands. Tip – be quick here, because the chocolate melts very fast.

13) Pipe royal icing around the cake-pops, let them dry and voila! birthday cake cake popsbirthday cake cake pops

New coat alert!

Topshop boyfriend coattopshop boyfriend coat

coat & hat - Topshop, bag - Topshop (old)

coat & hat – Topshop, bag – Topshop (old)

jumper - H&M, top - Primark, jeans - Topshop

jumper – H&M, top – Primark, jeans – Topshop

So, I was in need of a new coat and after having rinsed my red one for nearly two winters now (see post below), I wanted to go for a slightly less girly coat. I picked this oversized boyfriend style one, which comes with a detachable fur collar – pretty handy for frosty days like these where you want to keep warm but can’t be bothered to wear a scarf.

 

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

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coat - Miss Selfridge, hat - Topshop, wellies - Hunter Boots

coat – Miss Selfridge, hat – Topshop, wellies – Hunter Boots

You didn’t need to watch the weather forecast to know that it has been snowing this weekend. It’s been non-stop where I live so instead of moaning about being snowed in and suffering from cabin fever (which I may have done for the first day or two), I decided to make the most of the snowy situation and take some pictures in the woods near where I live. All snaps taken by my sister. Happy Snow Day(s)!

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