Hello everyone! For Valentine’s day, if you’re looking for something sweet + simple to make, then you’ll like these cupid’s arrow cake pops. However, you can make these cake pops anytime. Valentine’s Day is just an excuse. Of course, I had to dress them up with some love because of the occasion 🙂 The cake pops are just yum (and i’m not biased.) As you may all know by now, I’m a vegetarian, so that means no egg in cakes I make! So this cake recipe has a twist- a yummy one. Read on to see how to make it.
First, make the cake pops and then all you’ve got to do is take some bamboo skewers, craft paper (i used textured gold and red craft paper), cut out hearts and arrows, pile the cake pops through the skewer and glue the arrows and hearts at opposite ends! If you’re a bit fussy about eating off a stick, you can also leave a little gap while sticking two arrow shapes together so you can take off the end shape and pull out the cake pops, too.
FOR THE CAKE POPS:
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup olive oil (the magic ingredient!)
- ¾ cup fine sugar
- 4 tbsp yoghurt + 1 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- a pinch of salt
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Chocolate cooking bar in chunks
- Mix the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder) into a bowl.
- Mix the wet ingredients (oil, water, yoghurt, lime juice and finally the vanilla extract) into it and whisk well.
- Preheat the oven to 180 C.
- Grease the cake tin and pour the batter into it.
- Bake at 180 C for 30-35 minutes or more. Test it by poking a toothpick in it, and if it comes out clean, it's baked nicely.
- Now's the fun bit! After letting the cake cool for 10 minutes or less, break it into crumbs. The olive oil makes the cake softer than the usual texture- so you can roll little cake balls easily without mixing anything to it! Set aside all the cake pops- ganache is next!
- To make the chocolate ganache, first melt the cooking bar chunks over the stove to get a liquid chocolate mixture.
- Mix the melted chocolate with the heavy cream and whisk it well until you get a creamy texture.
- Coat the cake pops prepared with the chocolate ganache.
- Add sprinkles/ chocolate chips etc if you like.
- If you let the cake pops freeze for 3 hours or more, the chocolate coating will harden accordingly. As you can see, I didn't do that- so my chocolate coating here seems to be melting off (even though it's not) and it acquired a fudge like consistency that I like!
Cake + Cupid! Happy Valentine’s week! -Aaria x