Christmas-y Cake Pops

The holiday season is by far the best time to bake, and as cake pops are a brilliant addition to any Christmas party or festive evening in why not get that apron on and get baking?!

These cake pops make brilliant gifts too as they look extremely complex but are actually secretly quite easy to master, all you need is a little patience! So, without further ado, here's how you make Christmas-y cake pops.

(I bought most of my cake pop necessities from The Cake Decorating Company who I can't recommend enough! They are affordable and so reliable! So if you'd like to buy your baking supplies from them just click the link here!

• Pre-made cake mix (I chose Victoria sponge but you can choose any cake you like!)
• Anything that is needed for your cake mix. (Look on the box!) 
• 80g butter
• 200g icing sugar
• Red Candy Melt
• Cake pop sticks 
• Gold edible glitter (or whatever you wish to decorate them with!) 

1. First, simply follow the instructions of your pre-made cake mix. Whilst your cake is cooking cream together the butter and icing sugar and pop this into the fridge.
2. Then, take the cake out of the oven and allow to cool completely. Crumble the cake into a large bowl until you can no longer see any large pieces of cake and keep adding tablespoons of the butter and icing into the mixture until its all combined (or until the mixture is firm).
3. Wrap the firm mixture in cling film and chill for 1 hour.
4. Once cool take the dough out of the fridge and grab your baking tray. Take handfuls of the dough and squeeze them into tight balls (they need to be VERY tight!)
5. Once you've used all of your dough pop it in the fridge to cool for another 20 minutes.
2.Then, with your hands, form the dough together in a ball and wrap this up in cling film.
3. Pop this in the fridge to chill for an hour.
4. After 20 minutes, put your candy melts/cooking chocolate into a microwaveable bowl and pop them in the microwave for about a minute or until they are melted (TIP: If you're using candy melts and they start to harden again you can add vegetable oil and heat them through again to melt them more!)
5. Then, pop your cake pop stick into the candy melts/chocolate and push it into one of the cake pop balls (NOT TOO FAR!) You can then place the cake pop upside down (with the stick pointing upwards) onto the baking tray while it sets.
6. Once they have set (after about 2 minutes) you can CAREFULLY (!!) dip each cake pop into the candy melt. (You might need to melt this more as it will harden over time)
7. Then, decorate your cake pops however you like! (TIP: MAKE SURE YOUR CAKE POPS HAVE COOLED ENOUGH AND ARE FIRM.. I had a bit of cake pop fail, as they fell of when I tried to dunk them in the melt!!)

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