Pop cakes, step by step method

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Ingredients  for a homemade cake, “quatre quart” in French, that comes from Brittany

  • 4 large eggs
  • 250g of self raising flour
  • 200g of caster sugar
  • A sprinkle of vanilla sugar
  • 250g of butter

Warm a fan oven at 180C (th. 6). Beat the eggs with the sugars. Put the flour in a bowl and make a hole in the centre. Slowly put the eggs and sugar mixture into the flour, mixing slowly at first and then more quickly. Put then the melted butter and mix again slowly. 

Cook in a cake mould for 45 minutes. To check if it is cooked, put a knife in the middle of the cake and the top of a knife has to come out dry when it is cooked.

Step 1, form your little balls

When the cake is cold, cut it in pieces with your hands and make some crumbs with a food processor. Put the crumbs in a bowl and using your hands mix with the chosen blinding agent that you integrate gradually to obtain a good consistency paste, not too hard, not too soft. You can divide the paste into two balls and put some cocoa powder in one of them, or into more balls and put some different colours of food colouring.

Divide your paste into balls. Put your balls on a plate and put them 15 minutes in the freezer to harden them.

Step 2, prepare the frosting with candy melt and frost

Prepare different bowls and put a different colour of candy melt in each one. You can use your microwave to melt it but slowly to avoid it to burn. Stir well. The candy melt becomes hard very quickly so think of a design and melt the colour you want to use first. You can melt the candy melt several times in the microwave, so don’t panic.

Dip the end of a lollipop stick in the candy melt. Then, put the ball into the stick and put it into the candy melt until covered. Try to be quick and gentle. Be careful of not to leave the ball in the candy melt for too long because the ball will become softer and can break and fall into the bowl.

Step 3, decorate your pop cakes

If you want to decorate your pop cakes with sparkles or other decorations, do it immediately when the candy melt is still wet or nothing will stay on. If you want to draw a smile or make a marble effect, wait until they dry. Put your pop cakes on a block of florist oasis (the polystyrene block is harder so it is more difficult to prick your lollipop stick). Put them in the fridge to set.

You can form different shapes with the cake and not only balls, like rockets.

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