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Perfect just what I wanted
on 8 June 2012
Great product and it works. Personally I never use the recipes included because they are always American and don`t quite work with me, instead I use a basic sponge mix. Firstly as with my other silicone moulds I grease then flour (works every time). For this mould I made a 6oz mix of sr flour, c. sugar. margarine (never butter) and 3 free range eggs. There was more than I needed but it didn`t go to waste I made cupcakes with the remainder although I`m sure you could get away with a 4oz mix instead. 3/4 fill the bottom mould and then put the top mould on (the one with the holes in it), I used gas 4 for about 18minutes but that depends on your oven. Make sure you place the mould on a baking tray to keep it level. When pops are ready leave them on your work surface to go completely cold otherwise they tend to break in half because they are too hot. When cold gently lift the top mould off and the rest of the balls should just pop out quite easily.
To decorate the pops I use cake melts which are made for this job of icing as it doesn`t slip off the round balls like ordinary icing would do, or if you used melted chocolate bars trust me neither work. The cheapest place I have found so far for the cake/candy melts is Hobbycraft £2.99 for a 12oz bag. You can buy it in various colours and flavours. All you do is put the cake/candy melts in a bowl and let it melt over a pan of hot water.
When you insert the lolly sticks into the cake balls you need to "glue" them in place so they don`t fall off. For this all you do is insert about an inch of the lolly stick into the cake melt then push it gently into the cake ball. Then leave them to set for about 15 minutes. I stick mine in a thick piece of polystyrene or you could use a piece of oasis. When they are set you can begin dipping each cake into your cake melt carefully coating it fully, when coated gently tap the stick on the side of the bowl to remove excess icing. Then decorate as you wish either with sprinkles or chopped nuts, its up to you. I made some recently with pink icing and placed a wafer butterfly on each one, I have also used wafer daisies. Just have fun.
I can highly recommend these, hope all you home bakers give them a try instead of making them with left over cake and mixing them up with some sort of frosting or buttercream, baking them from scratch is so much better.
Give them a go, happy baking Anne
UPDATE 10 SEPTEMBER
I`ve been trying different things in this pop mould and 1 of them is ice cream. I let any flavour icecream soften so I can use a scoop to get a good half round ball and place 1 in the bottom of the mould and 1 in the top. I then quickly put the top on like when I`m baking and gently press each mould so that it makes contact with the 1 underneath. They go back in freezer to re-harden. When you take them back out and remove the top of the mould you should have a round ball. Again I go through the process of sticking a lolly stick in them as above but this time I use a supermarkets own brand (but that`s up to you) I leave them in the bottom mould and replace them back in the freezer. I melt my chocolate and let it cool down as much as I can without it setting again and then 1 at a time I dip an icecream ball into it. I just let it set as it is but you could coat in sprinkles (again up to you), I do them 1 at a time and stick each 1 as its done back in the freezer, For this I have a cakepop stand that I bought. They are delicious, you can serve them up as a dessert just remove the sticks before serving on a plate. I make them using milk, dark and white chocolate not mixed together but individually. I`ve also coloured some regal-ice green cut out holly leaves and made small red holly berries and put them on top of the "icecream bombs" as we now call them and dusted them with icing sugar. They look amazing. Or just leave them on the sticks and serve, this can be messy as they melt rather quickly. You could also cut out with a wavy cutter circles of fondant again put on top of the pops and decorate with the holly leaves and they look like christmas puddings.
Give them a go
Updated 20 September
Just made a caterpillar cake using 8 pops covered individually in chocolate then "glued" together with a dab more chocolate, I used smarties for the eyes, I also cut out fondant legs, 2 for each pop and again stuck on with chocolate. He looks good. I`ve also made a christmas tree using the pops and stacked it up like you would do with profiteroles then sprinkled with gold edible glitter. Theres so much you can do with this cake pop mould.
Go on have some fun