I have not blogged for so long as I have been tied up with marking and schoolwork (yawn!) then came the mad frenzy of summer holiday cleaning and decorating followed by you guessed it a spot of baking while my son is away on camp. This week I was asked to make cakes for my husbands work colleagues. It seems the husbands have been encouraging a bit of a bake off between wives. I resisted the competition as long as I could, grumbling as I went about how wrong it was for the men to be making their poor wives bake them cakes, sausage rolls etc – it’s not like we don’t all have enough to do!! But once I had chilled enough from work I set my sights high and made them sticky toffee cupcakes. Firstly to shut my husband up and secondly I had the express intention of baking enough sticky toffee cake to make some cake pops / truffles. Toffee and chocolate – oh how I love you.
I based these cake pops / truffles on my memory of sweet, sticky chocolate bars that when you bit into to you reached the caramel heaven centre and it dribbled unceremoniously down your chin (or is that just me?). This was the inspiration for my newest gourmet cake pop / truffle and just for the hell of it why not use both a milk and white chocolate as I am fairy indecisive you know! But the main aim was to get the chin dribbling sauce in the centre of the cake pop with no special tools. Challenge on!
1. Bake a sticky toffee cake (try this good recipe)
7. Once you have done this for as many of the cake truffles as you want filled then – pop them in the freezer until you are ready to dip them. Instructions for this will be shown at a later date. I always freeze my cake balls and then transfer them from freezer to fridge when I want to use them. Leave them for at least 15 mins to start defrosting before dipping. I don;t let mine fully defrost as I find that they become a little slippery and you risk getting pieces of mixture in the chocolate.
8. This is what they looked like dipped. Stay tuned for more instructions. Yummy – I even tried double dipping – which is half milk chocolate and half white chocolate perfect for those situations when you can not decide which to dip it in!