Watermelon cake pops! Disclaimer – not real watermelons, nor do they have a watermelon flavour (as many people who didn’t know what cake pops were thought! They were a little disappointed to find out that it was just cake.) No – these “wanna-be” lollipops are actually balls of cake, coated in chocolate which are (hopefully) made to resemble watermelons. Here’s how to make them:
- Bake a plain, Victoria sponge cake. Or if you feel like cheating (naughty!), buy a cake-mix to make life a little simpler. Add red food colouring, until the batter looks like that typical dark-pink, watermelon colour. Tip – I used the Wilton gel colouring, which I highly recommend. I used to use the Dr Oetker food colouring but each time I would use it, the cakes would taste bitter as it changes the taste of the cake batter! So avoid that brand!!
- Place the cake into a food processor until it’s all crumbs.
- Add the icing to the crumbs, bit-by-bit so you can get the right consistency of the balls.
- Add milk chocolate chips to each cake ball for the “seeds”.
- Leave the balls in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
- Melt the white candy melt in 30 second microwave blasts and add one tablespoon of vegetable oil to thin out the chocolate.
- Dip each stick into the white candy melt and place into each cake pop.
- Dip the cake pops into the candy melt and tap off any excess chocolate.
- Wait for this to dry and then dip the same cake pop into the green candy melt.
When this is dry, paint the watermelon stripes onto the cake pops. I did this by dipping a clean, small lipstick brush (as make up is the only type of painting I do!) into the Wilton green gel colouring and painting large and small lines onto the cake pops.
These are great for a summer BBQ, which is exactly what I made them for, but make sure you warn people that the green gel colouring goes everywhere!! I learnt this the hard way; think – kids, green colouring, gone everywhere. Oh dear! I also made ice cream cake-pops – which is another great one for the summer. Happy cake-pop making!